TUESDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* President Obama seemed to have a productive visit in Iraq today, which ended up including a meeting with Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki.
* The indefensible law effectively legalizing marital rape in Afghanistan is “on hold.”
* Good news on marriage equality wasn’t limited to Vermont, today, as the D.C. Council “voted to recognize gay marriages performed in other states.”
* The reported presidential assassination plot turned out to be far less serious than initially thought.
* I get the sense Vice President Biden has a genuine dislike for Dick Cheney.
* Sens. Schumer and Menendez called on Norm Coleman to give up this afternoon. Expect to hear quite a few similar requests fairly soon.
* Why is Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) lying so recklessly about the Pentagon budget restructuring? Because his state would lose out if the administration is successful.
* I guess deranged right-wing talk-show host Michael Savage doesn’t get along with deranged right-wing talk-show host Glenn Beck?
* In general, I avoid celebrity news, but I was glad to see Kal Penn joining the White House staff in the public liaison office. It’s not just because I enjoy his work, but also because I admire someone willing to walk away from a lucrative career in entertainment to get involved in public service.
* Glenn Beck told his audience today that the president “will slowly but surely take away your gun or take away your ability to shoot a gun, carry a gun.” It’s almost as if Beck is trying to create a vioent mob motivated by lies.
* Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) was on the fence regarding EFCA, but announced today he’ll support the bill.
* The right is still spewing Neville Chamberlain nonsense? It’s getting stale.
* Allen Stanford complained to ABC News about being forced to fly commercial after the government seized his fleet of private jets. “They make you take your shoes off and everything, it’s terrible,” he said. Stanford added, “I always lived very frugally. I flew around on a private jet. I had a boat. But I always lived very frugally.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.