Thursday’s Mini-Report

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

* Wall Street did not react well when the automotive rescue package ran into roadblocks in the Senate.

* Senators are, however, trying to salvage the bailout plan.

* CNN: “The number of Americans filing new unemployment insurance claims jumped last week to a 26-year high, surpassing the number of filings economists had predicted.”

* On a related note, white-collar unemployment is soaring.

* As Americans’ net worth declines, consumers are pulling back and saving more for the first time since the government started keeping track.

* Conditions have obviously improved in Iraq over the last year, but there are painful exceptions.

* The International Energy Agency has found that global oil consumption will drop this year. It’s the first annual decline in 25 years.

* Say it ain’t so: “A bipartisan Senate report released today says that former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and other top Bush administration officials are directly responsible for abuses of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and charges that decisions by those officials led to serious offenses against prisoners in Iraq and elsewhere.”

* DNC Chairman Howard Dean has joined the chorus calling for Blagojevich’s resignation.

* The Senate passed a measure last night helping Hillary Clinton circumvent her emolument problem and become Secretary of State. The move will not, however, prevent wingnut lawsuits.

* A pleasant surprise: “The Environmental Protection Agency yesterday abandoned its push to revise two air-pollution rules in ways that environmentalists had long opposed, abruptly dropping measures that the Bush administration had spent years preparing.”

* As expected, Fox News will not replace Alan Colmes. “Hannity” will debut in about a month.

* I don’t suppose House Democrats can replace Rep. Silvestre Reyes as chairman of the Intelligence Committee, can they?

* PEER isn’t impressed with Lisa Jackson as the new head of EPA under Obama. Brad Plumer isn’t impressed with PEER’s argument.

* And finally, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has been using a cleaning company that utilizes illegal immigrants. I’m not sure how they passed the Secret Service screenings.

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.