Thursday’s Mini-Report

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

* Iraq: “Three U.S. soldiers and 12 Iraqis were killed Thursday by a bomb at a crowded market in the southern Baghdad neighborhood of Doura, residents and U.S. and Iraqi officials said.”

* The U.S. death toll from H1N1 reached 10 today.

* Edward Liddy, CEO of AIG, is stepping down from his post.

* GM and UAW have reached a new deal that could save the company billions.

* Ahmed Ghailani, a “high value” Gitmo detainee will stand trial in New York City in a civilian criminal court.

* The latest data on global warming paints a bleak picture.

* When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Ted Kennedy’s cancer had gone into remission, it’s possible that Reid didn’t know what he was talking about.

* Reid and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) will meet tonight to strategize on an EFCA compromise.

* Overhauling the federal student-loan program moves forward.

* A week after filibustering David Hayes’ Interior Department nomination, Sens. Robert Bennett (R-Utah) and Lisa Murkowski (R- Alaska) backed off and allowed Hayes to be confirmed last night.

* Will Democrats on the House Agriculture Committee derail energy reform?

* Will California get a bailout?

* How about a law mandating a week of paid vacation?

* For all the right-wing panic over Obama and gun control, Tom Coburn’s measure about loaded firearms in national parks is poised to become law.

* Steven Pearlstein is making sense about the costs of health care reform.

* Glenn Beck sure does whine a lot about people being mean to him.

* Evan Bayh is doing his best to make Joe Lieberman look like Democrat of the Year.

* Ed Schultz vs. the entire cast of “Morning Joe.”

* The RNC makes a lot of dumb attacks, but this one is dumber than most.

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.