Monday’s Mini-Report

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

* Brutal news on the job market today, with six major corporations announcing combined layoffs of over 68,000 people.

* Two military helicopters crashed in Iraq today, killing four U.S. service members.

* Congress is poised to give the Federal Reserve significant new powers to regulate the financial system.

* Roadside bomb attacks in Afghanistan hit a record in 2008, and increased 45% over the year before. The result was 161 fatalities among coalition troops — double 2007.

* This is Fox News at its most destructive and irresponsible.

* Drew Westen makes the case for a new narrative to replace the “government is the problem” meme. (thanks to R.K. for the heads-up)

* Obama still intends to ban weapons in space. (via Blue Girl)

* On Google Maps, the Vice President’s home will no longer be blurred.

* Althouse has a habit of writing very silly things.

* Robert Reich doesn’t like it when the usual right-wing blowhards lie about his beliefs.

* It’s very cool that Lisa Heinzerling is joining the EPA to advise Lisa Jackson on climate change.

* I’m sorry to see Dr. Larry Altman retire.

* The Washington Post‘s Fred Hiatt believes Bill Kristol is a “very smart” person who “wrote a good column” for the New York Times. Maybe he’s thinking of a different Bill Kristol.

* Putting Guantanamo Bay detainees in Alcatraz is a very bad idea.

* When Bill Bennett starts disagreeing with him publicly, you know Rush Limbaugh has gone completely over the edge.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.