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

* In Iran, protests intensify — as do government crackdowns.

* Obama’s unveils his sweeping new market regulations.

* The administration’s proposal for a Consumer Financial Product Safety Commission sounds just about right.

* Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) started the day as a member of the Republican Senate leadership. He didn’t end the day as one.

* An NYT report explores new revelations about “recent intercepts” of “private telephone calls and e-mail messages” through the NSA.

* On Twitter, we’re all Iranians now (literally).

* Obama will reiterate his opposition to DOMA.

* How Eric Cantor managed to become a House Republican leader without knowing the meaning of the word “silence” is a mystery.

* Conrad’s co-op “compromise” keeps generating attention. This is more than a little discouraging.

* Harriet Miers testified, behind closed doors, on the U.S. Attorney purge scandal. Karl Rove is next, though we don’t know when to expect his testimony.

* Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) conceded that passing health care reform through the reconciliation process is “legal” and “ethical.”

* Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has an important op-ed today on human trafficking.

* South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) had a very bad day yesterday.

* Matt Duss 1, Robert Kagan 0.

* Beautiful post by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

* Maureen Dowd devotes an entire column to criticizing President Obama for occasionally eating fast-food.

* Why doesn’t NPR want Juan Williams identifying himself with NPR when he goes on Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News program? This is why.

* Josh Marshall will be on Colbert tonight.

* Can you imagine an elected office coming down to a game of high-card?

* And finally, as you’ve probably noticed, today was a complete mess, tech wise. Here’s hoping tomorrow is a better day. Thanks for your patience.

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