Tuesday’s Mini-Report

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

* Nice to see a positive day on Wall Street for a change.

* Execs from the U.S. auto manufacturers were on the Hill today, with hat in hand. They got an earful from angry lawmakers.

* Howard Dean’s all right with the Senate Democrats’ decision on Lieberman.

* Even now, the Bush gang is pushing an 11th-hour plan to “grant sweeping new protections to health care providers who oppose abortion and other procedures on religious or moral grounds has provoked a torrent of objections.”

* In the latest round of rumors, Hillary Clinton isn’t sure if she wants the Secretary of State job.

* If Clinton stays in the Senate, Ted Kennedy has a project for her.

* Given recent history, Obama probably won’t tackle this right off the bat, but it’s worth remembering that “more than 100 retired U.S. military leaders — including the former head of the Naval Academy — have signed a statement calling for an end to the military’s ‘don’t ask-don’t tell’ policy.”

* Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden will not replace his Dad in the Senate.

* Chuck Hagel seems to feel liberated now that he’s poised to leave elected office. (Note his comments about Limbaugh.)

* E&P has been chronicling local anti-Obama incidents, “usually involving racist attacks of a verbal, physical or even criminal nature.” Some truly chilling reports.

* Prosecuting interrogators who engaged in torture is legally tricky.

* I get the sense E.D. Hill never quite recovered from her bizarre comment about the Obamas’ “terrorist fist-bump.” Even Fox News doesn’t want her anymore.

* For the first time in a long while, Texas finds itself left out of the leadership in D.C.

* And finally, the trailer for the new J.J. Abrams-led “Star Trek” movie is finally out. My friend and fellow sci-fi geek Bill Simmon takes a closer look at the two-minute trailer and has an interesting take.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

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