THURSDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Fortunately, there do not appear to have been any fatalities: “A US Airways plane was down in the Hudson River on Thursday after attempting to take off from LaGuardia Airport, officials said. US Airways Flight 1549, an Airbus A320, was headed to Charlotte, North Carolina, the Federal Aviation Administration said. A passenger said he was ‘pretty sure’ everybody on the plane got out.”
* A terrible mistake: “Israeli forces shelled the United Nations headquarters in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, setting fire to the compound filled with hundreds of refugees as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon was in the region on a mission to end Israel’s devastating offensive against the territory’s Hamas rulers. Ban expressed ‘outrage’ over the bombing. He said Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told him there had been a ‘grave mistake’ and promised to pay extra attention to protecting U.N. installations.”
* Roland Burris is now the junior senator from the state of Illinois.
* Eric Holder’s hearing, as far as I can tell, went rather well.
* Ken Salazar vowed to clean up the “mess” at the Interior Department. That’s no small task.
* Janet Napolitano’s hearing also seemed to go well.
* Holder might take a closer look at the Justice Department’s decision not to prosecute Schlozman. Good.
* Hillary Clinton said goodbye to the Senate today, prompting Chris Matthews to say, “[E]veryone knows Hillary Clinton earned that Senate seat and very much loves that place.” Funny, I seem to recall Matthews saying something different not too long ago.
* I hadn’t seen the video in the Oscar Grant case until today. It’s chilling.
* John Tanner will need to do more than just write an apologetic note.
* Right-wing host Glenn Beck’s new show will debut on Fox News on Monday. His very first guest? Sarah Palin. Noted without comment.
* And finally, you know how Amazon.com features customer reviews? Reader L.S. emailed to let me know about the hilarious reviews for Playmobil’s “Security Check Point” toy set for children. Damn funny.
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