Tuesday’s Mini-Report

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

* There hasn’t been a day this ugly on Wall Street in a while.

* Netanyahu was ahead in the polls, but it looks like the Kadima Party has edged the Likud Party in Israeli elections.

* Good: “The Obama administration on Tuesday overturned another Bush-era energy policy, setting aside a draft plan to allow drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.”

* The Senate “centrists” are wedded to their version of the stimulus package, but House Democrats are planning to fight for the changes they believe are necessary.

* On a related note, here’s a good look at the difference between the two stimulus bills.

* Sarah Palin’s Trooper-gate scandal gets a little more interesting.

* Attorney General Eric Holder has “ordered a review of all claims of state secrets, which were used under the Bush administration to shield controversial antiterrorism programs from lawsuits.”

* It’s odd the Bush gang didn’t put the right-wing male escort in “Siberia.”

* The Club for Growth believes supporting the stimulus bill is “treason.” Those folks really aren’t well.

* Some days, the over-the-top mendacity from clowns like Limbaugh is more frustrating than other days.

* A more accurate version of Friday’s Graph of the Day.

* I wrote a few more posts than usual today (17). Sorry about that. Since the homepage only allows 15 posts at a time, this is a few too many.

* Joe Scarborough considered the possibility this morning that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

* I’ve seen Jon Stewart humiliate Bill O’Reilly on a few occasions, but this has to be one of the more impressive take-downs of all time.

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.