MONDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* The White House seems to want AIG’s bonus money back, and has an idea how to make that happen.
* South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford’s (R) waiver request on stimulus funds was, not surprisingly, rejected. Sanford has vowed, however, to continue to work in opposition to recovery efforts in his state.
* In the midst of a major political showdown between Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and opposition leader Nawaz Sharif, the former chief justice of the Supreme Court will be reinstated.
* Iraqis are slowly but surely becoming more optimistic about their country’s future.
* Ali Frick asks a good question: “Why Are AIG’s Contracts Sacrosanct But Not Union Workers’ Contracts?”
* Remember when Bush used to say, “We don’t torture?” We tortured.
* I think Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) has some explaining to do.
* Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) wants a commission to probe the 2001 anthrax attacks. Sounds like a very good idea.
* Tomorrow will be the last print edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and the paper will now shift to online-only editions. It’s the largest U.S. paper to cease printing operations as part of the recent downturn for the industry.
* AmeriCorps poised to get an expansion boost.
* Comedian Jackie Mason offers a great example for my “conversation enders” file: “If it’s a racist society, the white people are the ones being persecuted….”
* I don’t want to alarm anyone, but it appears that Fox News will deliberately take quotes from Democrats out of context to help Republicans’ attack efforts. Shocking, I know.
* House Blue Dogs won’t force strict offsets as part of healthcare reform. That’s definitely a good thing.
* Don Imus has prostate cancer.
* Why on earth is CNN’s John King referring to Human Events as if it were a legitimate news outlet?
* Montel Williams? On Air America?
* If I didn’t know better, I might think the Washington Times, a project started by cult-leader Sun Myung Moon to be a conservative newspaper, isn’t objective in its coverage.
* And finally, the New York Times added a “graphic books” section to its bestseller list? Ah, the sweet smell of legitimacy….
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.