Friday’s Mini-Report

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

* President Obama shared some words of wisdom with the graduating class at the Naval Academy this afternoon. He also had shared a warm exchange with a graduate by the name of John McCain IV.

* A week from now, the administration is likely to send GM into bankruptcy.

* Good: “A federal appeals court on Friday agreed with the major elements of a 2006 landmark ruling that found the nation’s top tobacco companies guilty of racketeering and fraud for deceiving the public about the dangers of smoking. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington unanimously upheld requirements that manufacturers change the way they market cigarettes.”

* The Feds seized Florida’s BankUnited FSB late yesterday, which appears to represent the largest bank failure since the current crisis began.

* The war supplemental passed the Senate with minimal opposition.

* Roadblock Republicans are already blocking Judge David Hamilton’s appeals court nomination, and the process has barely started.

* Remember that NYT front-page article about one in seven Gitmo detainees “returning” to terrorism? It looked shaky yesterday; it looks worse now.

* Supreme Court interviews continue at the White House, and we may see a nominee next week.

* Speaker Pelosi held her weekly press conference this morning, but would not go beyond her previous comments regarding the CIA and Bush-era torture.

* The State Department intends to end the workplace discrimination against gay employees.

* The U.N. is seeking $543 million for Pakistan refugees.

* The California Supreme Court’s ruling on Prop. 8 will come down on Tuesday.

* Tom Ridge isn’t buying Cheney’s torture argument.

* Every time I see Lawrence O’Donnell on television, I like him more.

* There is something deeply wrong with right-wing talk-show host Mark Levin. Seriously.

* Joe Scarborough is contagious, and some of his oddities are rubbing off on Mika Brzezinski.

* And in San Angelo, Texas, which happens to be a very conservative area on issues like gays and immigration, four-term mayor J.W. Lown had a pretty fascinating revelation this week.

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.