Friday’s Mini-Report

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

* Probably worth repeating: “President Barack Obama said Friday that while the swine flu virus does not appear to be as dangerous as initially thought, Americans should not let down their guard.”

* The window for negotiations closes: “Pakistan declared war on its homegrown Islamic extremists Thursday in a dramatic move that could trigger a wider conflagration. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, in a late-night televised address to the nation, said Pakistan would launch a full-scale offensive against Pakistani Taliban guerrillas who’ve seized control of the vast Swat valley, which is about 100 miles north of the capital.”

* Not too big a surprise: “The director of the White House Military Office submitted his resignation on Friday, less than two weeks after he authorized an Air Force One flyover of the Statue of Liberty that terrified thousands of people in New York City.”

* Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz), the #2 Republican in the Senate, today urged Obama not to fire any of the banking CEOs who’ve received bailout money.

* Reports that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was briefed on Bush administration torture techniques may not reflect what actually happened.

* The Obama administration will now spend more money in Afghanistan than Iraq.

* The White House will not announce the next Supreme Court nominee next week.

* Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) is stepping up to help repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

* Good to see Attorney General Eric Holder emphasize the importance of Dawn Johnsen’s OLC nomination.

* The crown of the Statue of Liberty will re-open to tourists on the 4th of July.

* There’s nothing wrong with considering diversity when nominating a judge.

* Women in Texas are billed for rape kit collections?

* Apparently, some right-wing blogger, who claims to be a law professor at Cornell, is all excited about the president putting mustard on his hamburger. So is Fox News. I have no idea why.

* And finally, my friend Rob Boston debated Bill Donohue on Fox News this morning, discussing Notre Dame welcoming President Obama. Donohue said giving the president an honorary degree “would be like Howard University giving David Duke a degree in racial politics.” He wasn’t kidding.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.