FRIDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Good: “The Obama administration has lost its argument that the state secrets privilege is a good enough reason to stop a lawsuit over the government’s warrantless wiretapping program.”
* This could have been worse: “The Treasury Department confirmed early Friday that taxpayers could take a 36 percent stake in Citigroup Inc. through a complex swap process designed to shore up the once-grand banking institution.”
* President Obama’s policy in Iraq is generating positive reviews among Iraqis.
* The lobbying is bound to be intense in opposition, but the White House’s budget “aims to foster generic competition for costly biotech drugs used to treat cancer and other intractable ailments.”
* Several conservative senators, primarily in the South, are talking about turning down unemployment aid from the stimulus package. Some of the unemployed, oddly enough, aren’t happy about it.
* It’s a good thing Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) withdrew from cabinet consideration, or his latest scandal might be really damaging.
* This should be interesting: “The Senate Intelligence Committee is preparing to launch an investigation of the CIA’s detention and interrogation programs under President George W. Bush, setting the stage for a sweeping examination of some of most secretive and controversial operations in recent agency history.”
* Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) argued yesterday, “Every major tax cut we’ve had in history has created more revenue.” It’s really annoying how often Republicans repeat this transparent nonsense.
* Wanted: Diversity on the WaPo op-ed page.
* I’ll never understand what Los Alamitos Mayor Dean Grose was thinking.
* And for the record, if I had a choice between hanging out with Paul Krugman and Robert Reich or with Rush Limbaugh, I wouldn’t have to think twice.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.