WEDNESDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Happy Earth Day. President Obama has an entirely new energy framework in mind for the nation’s future.
* House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was briefed on the Jane Harman wiretap after all.
* David Kellermann, Freddie Mac’s CFO, was found dead this morning in what police described as an apparent suicide. (Fox News, for reasons that defy comprehension, is exploring alternative scenarios.)
* Good: “The Food and Drug Administration, reversing field, will allow 17-year-olds get the ‘morning-after’ birth control pill without a doctor’s prescription, the agency announced Wednesday.”
* Bob Graham, the former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said today prosecuting high-ranking Bush administration officials who authorized torture should not “be taken off the table.”
* On a related note, Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) is pleased the White House hasn’t ruled out accountability for these officials, but he’s like to see the president hold off on any final decisions for a little while.
* Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) don’t want anyone prosecuted, no matter what crimes were committed.
* Eric Boehlert: “Does anybody else think it’s odd, albeit telling, that for chunks of the corporate press corps, the emphasis surrounding the release of the Bush era torture memos is now centered on the political problems they’ve created for the Obama administration — how the memos reflect poorly on the current White House — and not, y’know, what the memos say about the administration that actually okayed the law breaking in the first place?”
* Christopher Hill was confirmed late yesterday as the new U.S. ambassador to Iraq. The final vote was 73 to 23.
* What was the single dumbest Earth Day column published in a major newspaper today? I nominate this one. (thanks to DD)
* Adam Serwer does a terrific job with this “brief, helpful guide for understanding what is and isn’t fascism.”
* Steve M. raises a good point: “There’s no longer a point in the Republican Party where the establishment ends and the freelance ranters begin. Everyone in the GOP is now in the latter category.”
* It sounds a bit like Peter Wehner wants to see terrorists vindicate his opposition to President Obama’s national security policies.
* I’m going to hope Glenn Beck just doesn’t know what “erotic” means. If he does, this is more than a little creepy.
* And just another reminder for anyone who might care, it appears I’m getting started with Twitter. I’m still figuring out what I’m doing, so keep expectations low, but feel free to sign up if you’re interested.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.