Monday’s Mini-Report

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

* The CDC believes the current trends on the H1N1 virus are “encouraging,” at least for now.

* President Obama is targeting off-shore tax havens. Republicans aren’t happy about it.

* The vulnerabilities in Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal are more than a little terrifying.

* The Boston Globe‘s future is very bleak, but no official word yet on whether it’ll survive the rest of the month.

* The White House says it doesn’t plan on asking Congress for any more bank bailout money.

* Violence is down in Iraq, but for gay Iraqis, the danger is constant.

* The Obama administration’s efforts during Chrysler’s bankruptcy proceedings should strengthen its position in upcoming negotiations with GM stakeholders.

* We can do without the early whisper campaign against Sonia Sotomayor.

* Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) is at least open to the idea of criminal prosecutions for Bush administration officials who may have broken laws related to torture.

* EFCA without “card check”? A compromise measure is generating some attention in the Senate.

* Stan Greenberg writes an interesting letter to Ed Gillespie.

* Weather obviously isn’t the same thing as climate, but weather apparently influences public perceptions about global warming.

* Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) continues to have a way with words.

* Jack Shafer explains why Cokie Roberts probably ought to retire from the punditry business.

* John Edwards is under investigation for possible misuse of campaign funds in connection with his extramarital affair.

* Despite rumors to the contrary, Missouri has not outlawed emergency contraception.

* Al Gore for the Supreme Court? Seems like a stretch.

* And finally, Jack Kemp died over the weekend at age 73. I disagreed with him on a whole lot of issues, but in general, the former Republican vice presidential nominee was a first-class mensch. My condolences to his family and friends.

Update: I know it’s late notice, but it looks like I’m going to be on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” tonight, probably around 9:45 eastern. See you then.

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.