FRIDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* AP: “A suicide bomber killed 30 people attending Friday prayers at a mosque, while a roadside bomb left four soldiers dead in Pakistan’s tribal belt â€” the latest violence to rock the country’s northwest as the army says it is beating back the Taliban in the Swat Valley.”
* It’s about time someone finally caught them: “A retired U.S. State Department worker with top secret security clearance and his wife have been indicted on charges of spying for Cuba over the past three decades.”
* Good: “While the political debate over the shooting of Dr. George Tiller focused on the speech of abortion opponents, the Department of Justice is launching an investigation into whether anyone else was involved with the shooting [and] investigating for potential violations of the Freedom of Access to Clinics Entrances Act.”
* Philip Mudd, under consideration to be the undersecretary of intelligence and analysis at the Department of Homeland Security, has withdrawn from the process. His role in Bush-era interrogation techniques has been at issue.
* Republican obstructionism is delaying yet another Obama administration nominee. This time, it’s Robert Groves, the president’s choice to lead the U.S. Census Bureau.
* British Prime Minister Gordon Brown isn’t having a good week.
* Canada doesn’t want our Gitmo detainees.
* When it comes to conservative columnists at the Washington Post, there really ought to be a more stringent fact-checking process.
* The Republican attacks have clearly had an effect: Speaker Pelosi’s approval ratings have tanked.
* Ezra notes one of the ironies of the health care debate: “In most cases, individuals arguing that health reform is too expensive are dead-set against policies that would make it cheaper.”
* Rick Sanchez seems to enjoy taking on Bill O’Reilly. (A feud would no doubt be good for ratings.)
* Best of luck, Satyam Khanna.
* Libertarians, you’re not allowed to make your own money.
* And former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) explained last night that the key for Republicans in the future is to compete “in the Ethernet.” If he says so.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.