THURSDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* The employment picture continues to look rather abysmal.
* Leon Panetta said exactly what needed to be said during his CIA confirmation hearing today.
* There’s been some conflicting reports today about whether Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) is sticking to his misguided cuts in the stimulus package. Based on the most recent update, Nelson isn’t backing down — even though he should be. The negotiations, meanwhile, remain touch and go.
* If Hilda Solis’ husband had been nominated for the cabinet, this delay might make sense. But as it stands, this is completely unjustified.
* In case you missed it, Obama signed the S-CHIP measure into law late yesterday.
* Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) had some encouraging things to say about getting healthcare done this year.
* Blue Dogs are capable of doing some meaningful and lasting damage to the country.
* The federal grand jury probe into the U.S. Attorney purge scandal has begun to focus on retired Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.)
* ABC News’ report on presidential perks was pretty ridiculous.
* The right’s ability to play fast and loose with CBO reports knows no bounds.
* Republicans are are not at all happy about Judd Gregg losing control over the census.
* Brace yourself for a new round of “Fairness Doctrine” panic.
* House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller (D-Calif.) plans to bring up the Employee Free Choice Act “soon.”
* And on a related note, Fox News’ Glenn Beck believes his bizarre rants on EFCA might lead unions to kill him. What a strange man.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.