Friday’s Mini-Report

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

* A surprisingly good day on Wall Street. Apparently, investors have more confidence in the Senate than I do.

* Speaking of Wall Street, they appear to owe us about $78 billion.

* President Obama will hit the road next week, traveling to Indiana and Florida in support of his economic stimulus package.

* The Supreme Court’s next session begins in two weeks, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg plans to be there.

* Chart of the day.

* Speaker Pelosi is not at all pleased with some of the Senate’s cuts to the stimulus bill. I don’t blame her.

* Obama “guaranteed” that he will sign an executive order overturning Bush’s ridiculous policy on embryonic stem cells. He added, however, that he wants to coordinate with Congress, so that lawmakers codify his order, making it harder for future presidents to reverse the progress.

* Labor is getting more than a little tired of Republicans blocking Hilda Solis’ cabinet nomination. On a related note, GOP demands relating to Solis are so absurd, they’re hard to believe.

* The Bush administration’s “burrowing” will be a serious problem for a quite a while.

* Leon Panetta has made some very encouraging comments about torture and national security policies, but he also said he’s not inclined to support prosecution of CIA interrogators.

* I’ve been wondering the same thing the last several days: “[S]houldn’t Obama have made a much bigger plan, say $1.3 trillion, his opening gambit? If he had, he could have conceded to the centrists by cutting it to $1.2 trillion, and still have had a plan with a good chance of really controlling this slump. Instead he made preemptive concessions, only to find the centrists demanding another pound of flesh as proof of their centrist power.”

* Olbermann’s latest “special comment” considers Dick Cheney’s new round of demagoguery.

* Shouldn’t Goodyear, at this point, go back and restore Lilly Ledbetter’s back pay?

* I’d love to see Sam Seder get the 10pm gig at MSNBC. I could just Tivo MSNBC from 8 to 11 and be both happy and well-informed.

* Ever wonder why bloggers (including me) make reference to “the Village”? It has nothing to do with a mediocre Shyamalan movie, and everything to do with an old line from Digby.

* And finally, I didn’t realize that Sarah Palin named one of her children after the ESPN headquarters. She explained this week that she wanted to be an ESPN journalist at one point. “Until I learned that you’d have to move to Bristol, Connecticut. It was far away,” Palin said. “So instead, I had a daughter and named her Bristol.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.