MONDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* President Obama met today at some length with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with peace talks and the Iranian nuclear program high on the agenda.
* 42 mpg: “New cars and trucks will have to get 30 percent better mileage starting in 2016 under an Obama administration move to curb emissions tied to smog and global warming, sources said Monday.”
* The Supreme Court, in yet another 5-4 ruling, concluded that “former attorney general John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller may not be sued by Arab Muslims who were seized in this country after the 2001 terrorist attacks and allege harsh treatment because of their religion and ethnicity.” For more, check out Gary Farber’s piece on Javaid Iqbal.
* After 25 years, the Tamil Tiger rebels have admitted defeat.
* In the world’s largest democracy, India’s Congress party won a resounding victory in month-long national elections.
* An NYC assistant principal died of the H1N1 flu over the weekend, bringing the U.S. death toll to six.
* According to congressional briefings, Pakistan is adding to its nuclear arsenal, which doesn’t make any sense given its problems with a Taliban insurgency.
* House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) isn’t quite ready to talk about Pelosi’s ouster. Wise move.
* The UN’s new envoy to Haiti: Bill Clinton.
* Stephanie Cutter, counselor to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, is stepping away from the Treasury to help shepherd the next Supreme Court nominee.
* Remember yesterday, when RNC Chairman Michael Steele hinted at support for a truth commission? His office is walking that back now.
* Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) is on board with Henry Waxman’s sweeping climate change bill. Good for Dingell.
* The Sierra Club endorsed the legislation today, too.
* Tucker Carlson has listening-comprehension issues.
* Hubble repairs appear to have gone well.
* And finally, congrats to Ezra Klein on his first day at the Washington Post. He’s off to a very impressive start, not surprisingly, and all of us here at the Monthly wish him the best with the new endeavor.
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