Wednesday’s Mini-Report

WEDNESDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:

* The bailout package is expected to pass the Senate tonight.

* How bad is the credit crisis? “Cities, states and other local governments have been effectively shut out of the bond markets for the last two weeks, raising the cost of day-to-day operations, threatening longer-term projects and dampening a broad source of jobs and stability at a time when other parts of the economy are weakening.”

* Gen. David McKiernan, the top American military commander in Afghanistan, wants more troops “as quickly as possible.”

* If you see any Republicans protestors outside the debate tomorrow night, remember that they very well may be paid fraternity guys, looking for some cash and free food from a right-wing group.

* Speaking of tomorrow’s debate, John McCain is fine with Gwen Ifill moderating.

* I don’t want to alarm anyone, but it sure looks like the White House was directly responsible for the U.S. Attorney purge.

* The Philly grad student who asked Palin about Pakistan doesn’t appreciate the “gotcha journalism” label.

* The McCain campaign has become so reflexive, today it denounced an Obama attack that hadn’t happened in reality.

* The way the McCain campaign hosts media conference calls is truly hysterical.

* Remember back when Palin actually approved of investigations?

* Words fail me.

* Palin’s approval rating is dropping quickly — in Alaska.

* According to the latest ABC News poll, 70% of Americans disapprove of Bush’s job performance. That’s the highest number ever recorded, going back to 1938.

* Snow on Mars? Who would have guessed?

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.