Tuesday’s Mini-Report

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

* The markets started high before ending low, with the Dow dropping about 76 points today.

* Remember Bush’s pledge to cut the deficit in half by 2009? Well, never mind.

* This tax-cut calculator is a pretty good idea.

* This White House has abused “executive privilege” in ways no one even imagined before 2001.

* We’re back, once again, to McCain/Palin supporters calling for Obama’s assassination. It’s no longer foolish to think the Secret Service may want to start keeping an eye on these Republican rallies.

* Christopher Buckley endorsed Obama, and almost immediately lost his job at the National Review.

* I used to think former Sen. John Danforth (R-Mo.) was an honorable guy. So much for that idea.

* I’ll never understand how (and why) Stanley Kurtz writes such bizarre missives.

* Obama campaign manager David Plouffe identifies the “24-hour ACORN channel.”

* TPM crows Palin the “Queen of the Liars.”

* There is nothing too sleazy for most right-wing blogs.

* I’m beginning to think CNN’s Campbell Brown knows what she’s doing.

* George McGovern, you really ought to know better.

* Eugene Robinson: “When a political party reaches the point of lurching incoherence, the most effective cure is a good, long spell in the wilderness. Americans should help Republicans out by sending them home to get their act together.”

* And finally, this site is surprisingly well done. Move your cursor around and click on various objects. (Pay particular attention to specifically what’s on the computer monitor, what’s behind the drapes, and what happens when you open the Oval Office door.) A fun little diversion.

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.