Monday’s Mini-Report

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

* Tune into NPR’s “Marketplace,” starting in about 30 minutes, which will feature an interview with Paul Kedrosky of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, discussing the special section in the current issue of the Monthly on the economy and entrepreneurs.

* The Supreme Court puts the Chrysler sale to Fiat on hold.

* North Korea sentenced two American journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, to 12 years of hard labor. Expect the country to use the two for leverage in negotiations.

* In related news, U.S. officials are considering putting North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism, and a new plan to “interdict, possibly with China’s help, North Korean sea and air shipments suspected of carrying weapons or nuclear technology.”

* AP: “The Defense Department said Monday that U.S. troops did not follow proper tactics and procedures during an air assault on Taliban fighters last month.”

* The U.S. Supreme Court also took a firm stand against judicial bribery, while taking a pass on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

* In a bizarre series of events, Republicans in the New York state Senate have reclaimed the majority, after just five months of Democratic rule. The prospect of legalized gay marriage may have played a role in the switch.

* This sounds like a rather extraordinary shoot out in Acapulco yesterday.

* U.S. officials have to be pleased with the results from Lebanon’s elections.

* European parliamentary elections were far less encouraging.

* Lakhdar Boumediene talks to ABC News about life in Gitmo.

* A debate over interrogation photos is threatening a military supplemental bill.

* Sonia Sotomayor broke her ankle after tripping this morning at LaGuardia Airport.

* Sen. Chuck Grassley’s* (R-Iowa) tweet clarification is still incoherent.

* Anyone know why Lanny Davis would write for NewsMax?

* Bill O’Reilly apologized to CNN late last week after mischaracterizing its coverage of an Army recruiter’s murder.

* And finally, Salon does a nice job summarizing, and responding to, the latest “crazy right-wing myths about Obama.” Salon had a similar piece before last November’s election, but the right-wing myths have evolved in the ensuing months.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.


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