TUESDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* If the ruling regime in Iran hoped the idea of a partial recount would help diffuse some of the anger among voters who feel betrayed, the regime was clearly mistaken.
* Iranian officials today also banned all foreign news reporting from the streets. An NBC News producer was, however, “able to report from the scene of a rally in central Tehran that plainclothes militia were beating pro-reform protesters with sticks. Some of the plainclothes officials were chanting, ‘Death to America.’”
* If our political system made sense, the “Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States” report would spark immediate interest in an ambitious new energy policy.
* AP: “Declaring North Korea a ‘grave threat’ to the world, President Barack Obama on Tuesday pledged the U.S. and its allies will aggressively enforce fresh international penalties against the nuclear-armed nation and stop rewarding its leaders for repeated provocations. In a display of unity with South Korea’s leader, Obama said the world must break a pattern in which North Korea puts the globe on edge, only to put itself in line for concessions if it holds out long enough.”
* Dennis Ross is, in fact, moving to the National Security Council from the State Department.
* The New York Times editorial board took the administration to task today on its support, or lack thereof, on GLBT issues. “The administration,” the editorial explained, “needs a new direction on gay rights.”
* On a related note, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said today “a number of senators” are working on a measure to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and the chamber would “welcome a legislative proposal from the White House on repeal so as to provide clear guidance on what the President would like to see and when.”
* The Bush White House believed its visitor logs were private presidential records, and therefore not subject to the Freedom of Information Act. Apparently, the Obama White House has come to the same conclusion.
* If the Washington Times would at least pretend to tell its readers the truth, it would be far less embarrassing.
* CNBC’s Erin Burnett makes little effort to hide her antipathy for liberals, but to compare the Employee Free Choice Act to the Iranian presidential election is ridiculous, even for her.
* I guess the feud between Palin and Letterman is just about over?
* And Time‘s Joe Klein comments on the latest rhetoric from the neocons: “The point is, neoconservatives like McCain and Wehner just can’t seem to quit their dangerous habit of making broad, extreme statements based on ideology rather than detailed knowledge of the situation in Iran and elsewhere. This was always the main problem with McCain’s candidacy — he would have been a trigger-happy President, just as Wehner’s old boss, George W. Bush, was. We are well out of that.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.