Friday’s Mini-Report

FRIDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Five American troops were killed this morning in Mosul as a result of a “massive” suicide truck bombing. It was the deadliest day for U.S. forces in over a year.

* Negotiations with the Somali pirates continue, as Richard Phillips’ effort at an escape proved unsuccessful.

* Limbaugh tries to connect the pirates with ACORN. What a weirdo.

* President Obama sees “glimmers of hope” in the economy, but reiterated his belief that we have a long way to go.

* Robert Mugabe’s cronies are seeking amnesty deals by abducting and torturing opposition leaders.

* The Obama administration’s efforts in invoking the state secrets claim continues to be an ongoing source of deep disappointment.

* Corporate lobbyists are helping orchestrate right-wing “Tea Parties”? Imagine that.

* Marc Morano will be a full-time, professional global warming denier. Nice work if you can get it.

* The way David Schultz, an NPR-affiliate reporter, was treated at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center forum was not acceptable.

* Is Maine Gov. John Baldacci (D) open to marriage equality? Maybe. (thanks to reader A.F. for the tip)

* On a related note, someone really ought to get the opponents of marriage equality some urban dictionaries.

* Why anyone would find Charles Krauthammer even remotely credible is a mystery to me.

* Broder Today, Broder Yesterday.

* There aren’t that many gay Republicans. The chances of sustaining two rival political organizations for the same constituency seem remote.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.