Wednesday’s Mini-Report

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

* It was a relatively quiet day on Wall Street, with all of the major indexes showing modest gains.

* The short-term rescue package for the auto industry may get a House vote as early as tonight. The package’s future is in doubt, however, in light of a likely Republican filibuster in the Senate.

* Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) is, as was rumored yesterday, the person identified in the criminal complaint against Blagojevich as “Senate Candidate No. 5.” He will speak with federal investigators fairly soon.

* Jackson insists he did nothing wrong, and assumed Blagojevich was weighing possible Senate candidates on their merits.

* One of Blagojevich’s top aides, Deputy Gov. Bob Greenlee, resigned today.

* We’re hearing a series of new rumors about Obama’s environmental team, including the likely appointment of Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Nancy Sutley as the chair of Obama’s Council on Environmental Quality.

* The financial crisis has taken its toll on NPR, which announced today that it is cutting 64 jobs and cancelling two programs.

* Significant parts of Big Business appear to be on board with Obama’s stimulus plan.

* Rachel Maddow introduces “enhanced history reenactment” to cable news. It was hilarious.

* Surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen have been invited to attend Obama’s inauguration.

* Change.gov is taking questions. (On a related note, my friend Bill Simmon has some suggestions on how to improve the transition team’s website.)

* I enjoyed Ezra Klein’s piece today connecting “Frost/Nixon” to the nation’s need for closure after Bush’s eight years in office.

* Name that quote: Rod Blagojevich vs. Tony Soprano. (I got nine out of 10. How’d you do?)

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.