Thursday’s Mini-Report

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

* Iraq: “Attacks in Baghdad and a city in northern Iraq killed at least 41 people and wounded dozens more on Thursday, the worst violence since Iraq celebrated the withdrawal of American troops from cities and towns last month.”

* Iran: “Thousands of Iranians poured into the streets of Tehran Thursday, clapping, chanting, almost mocking the authorities as they once again turned out in large numbers in defiance of the government’s threat to crush their protests with violence. As tear gas canisters cracked and hissed in the middle of crowds, and baton wielding police chased up and down sidewalks, as young people, some bloodied, ran for cover, there was an almost festive feeling on the streets of Tehran, eyewitnesses reported.”

* How long until the G8 becomes the G11?

* CNN reported today that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius believes some vaccine to fight the H1N1 virus should be available for distribution in mid-October.

* After a series of bizarre developments, Pedro Espada Jr. has rejoined the Democratic Party in the New York state Senate, thus returning Dems to the majority.

* Good: “Afghanistan’s government has revised a marriage law that sparked an international outcry over sections that appeared to legalize marital rape, Justice Ministry officials said Thursday.”

* The Senate won’t even try to take up the climate-change bill until after the August recess.

* On a related note, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) is going to disappoint a whole lot of people when she puts coal’s short-term interests above everyone else’s long-term interests.

* If true, this is outrageous beyond words: “More than 60 campers from Northeast Philadelphia were turned away from a private swim club and left to wonder if their race was the reason.”

* Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) insisted on the House floor today that Alan Carlin, a global warming denying economist, is “a 35-year veteran scientist at the EPA.”

* Can’t someone please stop voter-suppression guru Hans Von Spakovsky from having any involvement with the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights?

* Steven Teles ponders, “What Makes a Compromise Good?

* And finally, “The Daily Show’s” John Oliver was in D.C. yesterday, and shared some interesting thoughts on the mainstream media. Most notably, Oliver described Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh as “almost a joke within themselves … beneath contempt.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.