WEDNESDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* The federal government effectively took control of AIG last night.
* Investors weren’t impressed — the market fell 450 points today.
* That’s quite an attack: “Attackers armed with automatic weapons, rocket-propelled grenades and at least one suicide car bomb assaulted the U.S. Embassy in the Yemeni capital on Wednesday. Sixteen people were killed, including six assailants, officials said.”
* The House passed a new energy bill last night, which includes expanded coastal drilling opportunities.
* In case you needed a reminder, Michael Kinsley explains, once again, that Democratic presidents really are better for the economy than Republican presidents. He’s got charts to prove it.
* The White House was asked today whether the fundamentals of the economy are strong. The president’s press secretary didn’t want to answer the question.
* Palin defended McCain’s “verbiage” on Fox News.
* The hack of Palin’s email account appears to be legit.
* As a rule, McCain’s rhetoric shouldn’t sound like Herbert Hoover’s.
* There’s a renewed interest in McCain’s medical records.
* CNN’s Alex Castellanos really doesn’t seem to understand Daily Kos and MoveOn.org.
* Dan Quayle thinks liberals are afraid of “effective conservatives” like Sarah Palin — and Dan Quayle.
* Mitt Romney’s hypocrisy knows no bounds.
* The Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus notices that John McCain has been lying an awful lot.
* Welcome back, Brian Beutler. I know I’m not the only one who missed you.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.