FRIDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* As of the latest reports, another opposition rally is scheduled in Tehran for tomorrow afternoon.
* Good point: “Isn’t it funny that conservative who used to complain about Obama’s use of rhetorical powers as ‘just words’ now think his relative caution in speaking out about Iran is a deep betrayal of everything American?”
* Latest from Pakistan: “Pakistani ground troops moved into Taliban-controlled areas Friday and engaged in the first gunbattle of a new offensive in the volatile northwest, as an aerial and artillery bombardment pounded other targets.”
* Ken Starr, yes that Ken Starr, endorsed Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court nomination.
* H1N1: “America’s count of swine flu cases has risen to 21,449 cases and the number of deaths have nearly doubled to 87…. The tally is up from the last week’s count of 18,000 cases and 44 deaths. Worldwide, the number of confirmed cases reached 44,287, the WHO reported Friday. WHO says cases increased by more than 10 percent in two days.”
* Washington Monthly contributing editor Art Levine has a fascinating report on the House Homeland Security Committee taking up a key chemical security bill. In the face of pressure from Republicans and the chemical industry, it looks like committee Dems have moved in the wrong direction.
* R. Allen Stanford, busted.
* Unemployment on the rise in 48 states and D.C.
* A rare bit of good news for Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.).
* Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s elbow surgery apparently went well today.
* Age-discrimination lawsuits get a little tougher, thanks to another 5-4 ruling from the Supreme Court.
* Republican excitement notwithstanding, the Gerland Walpin “controversy” doesn’t stand up well to scrutiny.
* Walpin’s outster was set in motion by a unanimous request the White House received from the board of the Corporation for National and Community Service.
* Google Translate service adds Farsi to its list of languages.
* Apparently, Reader’s Digest wasn’t conservative enough, so its editors are making a deliberate effort to move it even further to the right.
* One of the funniest things I’ve ever heard: Steve Doocy insisting that “here at Fox, we still do journalism.” That he said it with a straight face was a little unnerving, though.
* Glenn Beck thinks “the government” tried to “destroy” Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher? Which government would that be?
* NPR’s ombudsman has every reason to be “embarrassed” by Juan Williams’ appearances on O’Reilly’s Fox News show.
* I want my “Arrested Development” documentary, and I want it now.
* A fun behind-the-scenes video of President Obama and Stephen Colbert.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.