THURSDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Four Somali pirates continue to hold Capt. Richard Phillips hostage. U.S. officials have been in contact with the lifeboat.
* Retail sales were worse in March than February, but the rate of decline has slowed a bit.
* For reasons I’ll never fully understand, Virginia Republicans voted to reject $125 million in federal stimulus money for additional unemployment benefits.
* Moving the ball forward on the Geithner stress-test plan.
* The White House announced today a new system for updating the media records of servicemen and women, both during and after their military careers.
* Rush Limbaugh thinks the rise in piracy off the Somali coast is liberals’ fault.
* He also rejects the very existence of homeless veterans. (Way to honor the troops’ service, Rush.)
* The right-wing smear campaign against Harold Koh is pretty nauseating.
* Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry (D) vetoed a voter identification bill yesterday, over Republican howls. Good for him. (thanks to reader V.S. for the tip)
* I’m not sure why Mark Halperin believes Karl Rove attacking President Obama is a big deal.
* Yet another Washington Post staffer thinks George Will made false claims in his column(s) about global warming.
* Apparently, Republicans on the Hill think the Obama administration is right in its Afghanistan policy, but also think Obama deserves to be attacked on the policy they’ve already endorsed. How odd.
* If there were a political equivalent of the Darwin Awards, Bob Quick, Britain’s most senior counterterrorism officer, would qualify for one.
* If a U.S. deportation policy kicks U.S. citizens out of their own country, there’s a problem.
* New York Gov. David Paterson (D) may be down, but he’s showing some leadership on gay marriage.
* Alanis Morissette isn’t the only one confused by the meaning of the word “ironic.”
* First Lady Michelle Obama has an organic garden. Some chemical companies are concerned.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.