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

* There were slight improvements in economic data related to the services industry and factory orders, but the numbers still failed to meet expectations.

* NYT: “A military investigation has concluded that American personnel made significant errors in carrying out some of the airstrikes in western Afghanistan on May 4 that killed dozens of Afghan civilians, according to a senior American military official.”

* Marriage equality passed the New Hampshire legislature this afternoon, and is poised to become law.

* Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) not only announced that he’s likely to reject Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination, he did so in the most obnoxious way possible, telling reporters the judge has “a character problem.”

* A senior administration official told ABC News today, “This president and his outreach are very threatening to bin Laden and al Qaeda. It’s terribly bad news to bin Laden and al Qaeda. They’re beginning to lose the propaganda war.”

* McClatchy: “Operation Rescue adviser helped Tiller suspect track doctor’s court dates.”

* On a related note, Blue Girl makes the case that “all the warning signs were there” surrounding Scott Roeder.

* If we could keep a tighter lid on confidential nuclear secrets, that’d be great.

* Yet another Republican joins the Bush Obama administration, with former Rep. Jim Leach (R) of Iowa becoming the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities

* The Hill: “House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is making plans to offer a resolution as early as Wednesday afternoon that will provide Democrats political cover on an FBI investigation into the now-defunct PMA Group and its ties to senior Democratic lawmakers.”

* If the “Morning Joe” wants to know about successful, unionized businesses, they won’t have to look too hard.

* Fox News is still promoting “Tea Parties”? Really?

* Did Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) tell a local radio station she’ll vote against EFCA? The senator’s office is denying it.

* There were a few headlines today suggesting Rush Limbaugh is open to supporting the Sotomayor nomination. That’s not quite what the radio host said.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. 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.