FRIDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* UAW members approved General Motors concessions this afternoon.
* North Korea, not only test fired yet another short-range missile today, it “warned it would act in “self-defense” if provoked by the U.N. Security Council.”
* The bad news is, the nation’s GDP fell at a 5.7% annual rate in the first quarter. The good news is, previous estimates put the number at 6.1%.
* Federal investigators issued subpoenas to Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.) today, as part of the larger investigation into the PMA Group. Visclosky’s former chief of staff had lobbied for the firm.
* By one new estimate, climate-change disasters “kill around 300,000 people a year and cause about $125 billion in economic losses.”
* Robert Gibbs walked back Sotomayor’s “wise Latina” quote today, telling reporters, “I’ve not talked specifically with her about this, but I think that — I think she’d say that her word choice in 2001 was poor, that she was simply making the point that personal experiences are relevant to the process of judging.”
* At this point, President Obama’s approval ratings seem to be holding up quite well.
* Howard Dean is on board with Chuck Schumer’s public-option compromise.
* Is Obama “getting tough” with Israel?
* Krugman explains why the hype surrounding inflation is almost certainly misguided (and probably politically motivated).
* National Security Advisor Gen. Jim Jones isn’t impressed by Dick Cheney’s recent arguments.
* The Times-Observer in Warren, Pa., ran a classified ad yesterday that seemed to call for the president’s assassination. The publisher said it was “unfortunate” the ad made it into the paper, and the editors will be cooperating with law enforcement officials.
* A crackdown on the tossing of cigarette butts would be most welcome.
* President Obama is doing wonders for D.C. eating establishments.
* You know Gingrich is pushing the envelope when Rove thinks he’s gone a little too far.
* And finally, the strangest headline of the day: “Romney won’t rule out Sotomayor filibuster.” I’m pretty sure he won’t get a vote.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.