WEDNESDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Hillary Clinton was confirmed by the Senate as the new Secretary of State. The final vote was 94 to 2, with far-right Sens. Vitter and DeMint in opposition.
* Around the same time, Senate Republicans delayed consideration of soon-to-be Attorney General Eric Holder by a week.
* It was an unusually good day on Wall Street today, with the Dow closing up 279 points, and the other major indexes finishing up over 4% each.
* Israel believes all of its troops have been withdrawn from Gaza, following the three-week military offensive.
* I’m pleased to see Teddy Kennedy has been released from the hospital after yesterday’s seizure.
* Bush largely avoided the Middle East peace process. On his first day on the job, Obama signaled a far more engaged commitment: “This morning, the President placed phone calls to four Middle Eastern leaders: President Mubarak of Egypt, Prime Minister Olmert of Israel, King Abdullah of Jordan, and President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority.”
* According to the first press release from the new White House press operation, President Obama “arrived in the Oval Office” at 8:35 a.m., and “spent 10 minutes alone in the office.” I can’t say I blame him.
* Obama was photographed today at his Oval Office desk with a shirt and tie, but no jacket. Apparently, that was a major no-no for Bush.
* David Iglesias, the purged U.S. Attorney from New Mexico, will be prosecuting Guantanamo detainees, at the direction of Susan Crawford, who runs the Office of Military Commissions.
* Nice to see Neal Katyal join the Obama administration as the deputy solicitor general.
* Quite an impressive montage of newspaper front-pages.
* On a related note, I think I know how to solve the newspaper industry crisis: keep hoping for more major Obama-related events.
* More than 10 envelopes containing an “unknown white powder” were sent to the Wall Street Journal today, prompting an evacuation.
* A whole lot of people tuned in to watch Obama’s inauguration. The Nielsen numbers do not, of course, include those who watched online. (More than 21 million people saw the event on just CNN’s site.)
* Care to guess which was the only network to air Bush’s homecoming event live? I’ll give you a hint: it rhymes with “Pox Lews.”
* It sounds like the actor who played Starbuck on the original “Battlestar Galactica” is a bit of a nut.
* Joe Biden joked about John Roberts’ memory today, when administering the oath of office to senior White House aides. Obama apparently didn’t want to talk about it.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.