Monday’s Mini-Report

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

* GM bankruptcy: “President Obama and automotive executives spoke of reinvention, restructuring and a leaner, stronger ‘new General Motors’ on Monday as they laid out their visions for one of the country’s most iconic companies.”

* The outlook appears bleak for the Air France jet carrying 228 people from Rio de Janeiro, which apparently crashed into the Atlantic Ocean last night.

* Afghanistan: “Two roadside bombs that struck back-to-back only miles apart hit two U.S. military vehicles Monday, killing four American troops, U.S. and Afghan officials said.”

* Some signs of progress for the Pakistani military in its efforts against the Taliban.

* Ret. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, who commanded U.S. forces in Iraq in 2003-2004, now supports a truth commission to investigate Bush-era wrongdoing, including questions surrounding torture policies.

* AP: “Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered increased security for a host of unnamed individuals and facilities in the wake of the slaying of abortion Dr. George Tiller. Jeff Carter, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service, confirmed Holder’s move early Monday.”

* We’re learning quite a bit more about Scott Roeder, the man accused of assassinating Dr. George Tiller in Kansas yesterday.

* If Roeder’s intention was to scare other medical clinics into closing their doors, he failed.

* Randall Terry seems to be a very strange man.

* If you hear that the federal government “has become the owner of a significant swath of Corporate America,” please know that isn’t even remotely true.

* State lawmakers in Nevada overrode Gov. Jim Gibbons’ (R) veto and legalized domestic partnerships for same-sex couples over the weekend.

* When I saw that Sen. Max Baucus’ (D) constituents were angry about his handling of health care reform, I was afraid they wanted him to be more conservative. As it turns out, the opposite is true.

* Reminder: Saudi Arabia does not have freedom of the press.

* New rule for the whole country: no more accusing imaginary black men of committing imaginary crimes.

* It’s nice of Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) to help debunk bogus GOP arguments on EFCA.

* Bob Barr speaks up to urge the Supreme Court to intervene on behalf of Troy Davis — before the state of Georgia kills him.

* The “America’s Future Now” conference got underway in D.C. today.

* Birthers sure are a strange group of folks.

* I didn’t expect Katie Couric’s speech at Princeton to be quite so … cheeky.

* It’s never a good idea to watch “Fox News Sunday” if you don’t have to.

* I knew, if we waited long enough, some right-wing activist would call Sonia Sotomayor “Justice J-Lo.” It was only a matter of time.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

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