Thursday’s Mini-Report

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

* The White House statement on Judd Gregg’s withdrawal strikes an irritated note: “Senator Gregg reached out to the President and offered his name for Secretary of Commerce. He was very clear throughout the interviewing process that despite past disagreements about policies, he would support, embrace, and move forward with the President’s agenda…. We regret that he has had a change of heart.”

* Wall Street was down all day, until a late rally.

* It was a very pleasant surprise to see U.S. retail sales jump 1% in January.

* Kabul is still badly shaken after teams of Taliban terrorists attacked three government buildings in Afghanistan yesterday.

* WaPo: “Thousands of parents who claimed that childhood vaccines had caused their children to develop autism are wrong and not entitled to federal compensation, a special court ruled today in three decisions with far-reaching implications for a bitterly fought medical controversy.”

* The stimulus package has grown increasingly popular over the last week or so.

* That doesn’t, however, mean that Democratic congressional leaders have handled the legislative process correctly.

* The new GOP talking point is that the stimulus package includes a $30 million project to protect the salt marsh harvest mouse in Speaker Pelosi’s district. They’re lying.

* The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved Hilda Solis’s nomination for Labor Secretary late yesterday.

* The full Senate voted 93 to 4 yesterday to approve William Lynn as the Deputy Defense Secretary.

* I was glad to see House lawmakers humiliate Stew Parnell yesterday, “the man whose peanut butter killed eight people and sickened 550 more,” but it’s not enough.

* NPR seems to be embarrassed by Juan Williams.

* Behold Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) malleable principles.

* I don’t expect much, but sometimes, the Wall Street Journal‘s editorial page is so absurd, it’s remarkable.

* Sen. Pete Domenici’s (R-N.M.) legal troubles keep getting worse.

* I’d heard rumors about corruption among state Senate Republicans in New York, but it’s worse than I imagined.

* How does the Los Alamos National Lab lose 67 laptops?

* And finally, I get the sense that Media Matters scrutiny is starting to take its toll on Bill O’Reilly and Bernie Goldberg. Those two sounded pretty nutty last night.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

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