FRIDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Still no word from Sens. Landrieu and Lincoln as to whether they’d rather kill health care reform than let the Senate debate the bill. Landrieu said she’d end the suspense in the morning.
* Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) gets a provision he was looking for: “Senate Democratic leaders have amended their newly released health reform bill to include a contentious provision allowing some workers to receive cash vouchers toward exchange coverage in lieu of enrolling in employer-based plans.”
* It’s encouraging to see Jim Comey and Jack Goldsmith, two top ranking officials from the Bush Justice Department, defend the decision to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four accused co-conspirators in an NYC criminal court.
* A slap on the wrist: “The Senate ethics committee on Friday issued a sternly worded rebuke to Senator Roland Burris of Illinois, saying he had made misleading and inaccurate statements about the circumstances surrounding his appointment by disgraced Governor Rod Blagojevich. But it made no recommendation for punishment.”
* Did Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) knowingly violate Senate ethics rules? Probably.
* The University of California probably didn’t intend to be one of the most expensive in the country, and yet, here we are.
* Systemic change doesn’t happen over night: “Narratives will always be with us, but it would be nice if they could at least be tenuously based on reality…. [T]he ‘silver tongued orator’ narrative has really been plucked out of nowhere. Yes, Obama is a good speaker, but there’s zero evidence that his administration or his governing style is based on this in any significant way. Just the opposite, in fact. So knock it off, folks.”
* Impeachment is still a possibility for South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R).
* I argued yesterday that it takes a lot of nerve for Karl Rove to criticize the White House for releasing bad news on Friday afternoons. Media Matters fleshes the point out in more detail.
* If Dick Armey goes around saying “read the bill,” mantra like, he should probably take the time to read the bills he criticizing.
* Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), still not very bright.
* Stephen Colbert and David Letterman seem mildly concerned that President Obama is cooler than they are.
* And in Utah, state Sen. Chris Buttars (R), one of the nation’s more notorious homophobic bigots, explained a little bit about his worldview this week. “I meet with the gays here and there,” Buttars said. “They were in my house two weeks ago. I don’t mind gays. But I don’t want ’em stuffing it down my throat all the time.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.