FRIDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Flight 3407: “Flight recordings recovered from the scene of the Continental Airlines plane that crashed late Thursday night near Buffalo, killing 50 people, revealed that the flight crew reported significant icing on the windshield and on the leading edges of the wings as it was descending toward the airport, offering a potential cause of the fatal accident.”
* It’s not over: “A female suicide bomber with explosives hidden under flowing black garments blew herself up in a crowd of Shiite pilgrims including many women and children south of Baghdad on Friday, killing at least 30 people and injuring dozens more, according to initial reports from Iraqi security officials.”
* The president’s national intelligence director explained yesterday that the largest near-term security threat to the United States isn’t terrorism — it’s the global economic crisis.
* It appears Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s cancer has not spread.
* Judd Gregg will vote against the stimulus package. Natch.
* Nationalization, please: “Some of the nation’s large banks, according to economists and other finance experts, are like dead men walking. A sober assessment of the growing mountain of losses from bad bets, measured in today’s marketplace, would overwhelm the value of the banks’ assets, they say. The banks, in their view, are insolvent.”
* House Republicans are lying about Speaker Pelosi and money for mice.
* House Republicans are lying about Speaker Pelosi and traveling to Europe.
* Marc Thiessen is struggling to tell the truth about about all sorts of things.
* John Cornyn isn’t very bright.
* Rush Limbaugh hasn’t heard about CTRL F.
* On a voice vote, Leon Panetta was confirmed last night as the next director of the CIA.
* I really wish the wasteful Alternative Minimum Tax patch had gotten more attention.
* The sooner the White House and the president’s legal team addresses issues like these — and by “address,” I mean “move away from Bush’s policy” — the better.
* Once in a while, corruption is so insane, it’s actually hard to believe.
* And finally, the headliner for the annual White House Correspondents Association Dinner will be Wanda Sykes. I’m delighted, in part because Sykes is genuinely talented, and in part because they didn’t invite Rich Little again.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.