FRIDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* There was a brutal rampage at an immigration services center in Binghamton, New York, this afternoon. A gunman, according to the most recent reports, killed as many as 13 people before apparently committing suicide.
* Attorney General Eric Holder wants to release classified Bush-era torture memos. Intelligence officials at the CIA and elsewhere are raising “holy hell” over the prospect.
* Sens. Evan Bayh and Ben Nelson really ought to feel ashamed over their budget votes yesterday.
* There’s new evidence that arctic sea ice is melting faster than expected. (thanks to R.K. for the tip)
* It won’t help the right’s crusade against Harold Koh, President Obama’s choice as the State Department’s legal advisor, that Ted Olson has endorsed the nomination. Olson, one of the most prominent Republican attorneys in Washington and Bush’s former solicitor general, called Koh “a brilliant scholar and a man of great integrity.”
* Wall Street has seen gains for four weeks in a row.
* This will only bolster John McCain’s reputation as a hothead.
* D.C. voting rights in the House got a little closer to reality today.
* Rod Blagojevich is now facing a 19-count felony indictment. The charges include racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud, extortion conspiracy, attempted extortion and making false statements to federal agents.
* Joe Klein makes the case for legalizing marijuana.
* Bachmann’s insane proposal for a constitutional amendment on U.S. currency continues to pick up additional Republican support.
* There are some wounds time can’t heal — Bush and Cheney are still very unpopular.
* And finally, when it comes to anal poisoning, it seems Rush Limbaugh has a one-track mind.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.