Thursday’s Mini-Report

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

* GM struck a deal with creditors today, which “would give them a 10 percent stake in the new company and the ability to buy more shares if the recovery of the automaker goes well.”

* Unrest in Pakistan: “Multiple bombs exploded in two Pakistani cities on Thursday, just hours after Taliban groups issued an extraordinary warning for people to evacuate several large cities, saying they were preparing ‘major attacks.'”

* The foreclosure crisis isn’t even close to being over.

* Americans seem generally impressed with Sotomayor so far.

* For no apparent reason, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) wants to delay a vote on Sotomayor until September, as compared to August.

* Sen. Pat Roberts (R) of Kansas announced today he’ll vote against the Sotomayor nomination.

* The NRA, to conservatives’ dismay, isn’t inclined to go after Sotomayor.

* The White House, meanwhile, seems optimistic that Sotomayor is, in fact, pro-choice.

* Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) of Utah believes it’s “highly likely” that Sotomayor will be confirmed.

* The administration is eyeing the creation of one agency that would be responsible for regulating the banking industry.

* Those with health insurance pay a bundle in higher premiums every year to make up for those with no insurance.

* Look for the FBI to begin playing a larger role in international counter-terrorism.

* Apparently under the impression that he’s helping his party, Karl Rove has now gone after Sotomayor as “sort of a schoolmarm,” who is overly reliant on “emotion.”

* No, Cardozo doesn’t count as the first Hispanic justice.

* Glenn Beck is still talking about ACORN?

* Nice column from Gail Collins on the need to reform the student loan system.

* Bill O’Reilly seems to have a real hang-up about blogs. This time, he’s annoyed the left and the right, apparently because he and his producers have never heard of “nutpicking.”

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.