Thursday’s Mini-Report

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

* The Dow Jones closed down at its lowest level in six years.

* Disaster averted in California.

* The FBI tracked down R. Allen Stanford in Virginia today, and “served him with civil legal papers filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission.”

* Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D) has emerged as “the president’s top choice” for HHS Secretary.

* I don’t know who’s idea it was to have former Sen. George “Macaca” Allen help with Republican outreach to minority communities, but someone clearly wasn’t thinking.

* Apparently, a CNBC personality said something on the air today that has conservatives worked up.

* Words of wisdom from Blue Dog Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) about the stimulus package: “I didn’t vote for it, but I support it.”

* Today, Limbaugh compared Democrats to murderers, rapists, and “this Muslim guy” that “offed his wife’s head” Classy.

* Remember Vicki Iseman? She’s dropped her $27 million lawsuit against the New York Times.

* It looks like Freedom of Choice Act will replace the Fairness Doctrine in some far-right circles.

* Only the Washington Times could suggest to readers that right-wing activist Jerome Corsi is a liberal blogger.

* For someone who takes religion as seriously as Rick Santorum, he seems to get easily confused about theological details.

* I know I’m not the only one who’d be thrilled to see Phillip Carter as the deputy assistant Secretary of Defense for detainee affairs.

* Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is bad at arithmetic, too.

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.