FRIDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Another rough day on Wall Street, with the major indexes closing down about 2% each.
* Following the news about $18 billion in Wall Street bonuses last year, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) suggested a salary cap for employees of any company that accepts federal bailout money. “We have a bunch of idiots on Wall Street that are kicking sand in the face of the American taxpayer,” McCaskill said on the Senate floor. “They don’t get it. These people are idiots.”
* Nice soundbite: new Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn vows to “fumigate state government.”
* Despite the economic crisis, ExxonMobil reported an annual profit last year of $45.2 billion. It’s the biggest profit any American company has ever had.
* Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) publicly confirmed today that he’s under consideration to be the next Commerce Secretary.
* On a related note, Senate Republicans are really desperate to keep Gregg around. National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn was asked today what he’d offer Gregg to stay in the Senate. “I would say whatever it is, name it,” Cornyn replied.
* Judd Legum has five interesting facts about newly-elected RNC Chairman Michael Steele.
* Why do House Republicans oppose tax cuts in the Democratic plan, and support tax increases in the GOP plan?
* I’m delighted to see Howard Kurtz take my side against Mark Halperin’s argument about Obama and the stimulus.
* New EFCA ads have the media in mind.
* The Bush/Rove “executive privilege” claim isn’t exactly compelling.
* Glenn Beck’s ratings on CNN Headline News were so weak, his largely-unknown replacement is already generating better numbers.
* Interesting article about the new president’s personal style in the White House.
* And finally, a “large sculpture of one of the shoes thrown at President Bush last December by an Iraqi journalist was unveiled this week just outside an orphanage in Tikrit, Iraq — Saddam Hussein’s hometown.” The status was intended to honor the “heroic action” of Muntadhar al-Zeidi. Not surprisingly, government officials made the orphanage director take it down.
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