Tuesday’s Mini-Report

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

* Pakistan: “Three days of clashes between security forces and militants in northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border left more than 56 militants and six soldiers dead, the military said Tuesday.”

* Iraq: “A series of bombings rocked Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 15 people and wounding more than 100, as attackers struck at a bustling sheep market, a crowd of impoverished job seekers and a funeral, Iraqi security officials said.”

* Afghanistan: “Eight suicide attackers mounted assaults on government compounds in two eastern towns on Tuesday, killing six members of the Afghan security forces and wounding four, officials said.”

* Sarah Palin caught violating state ethics laws (again)?

* California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) brokered a deal on the state budget yesterday. The agreement avoids broad-based tax increases, and instead, in the midst of the recession, slashes services for the elderly and the poor, including health care access for seniors and children.

* Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke isn’t worried about inflation.

* Reports of new protests continue to come out from Iran.

* Blue Dogs stopped by the White House this afternoon for a chat about health care reform.

* The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, not surprisingly, hopes to derail health care reform efforts.

* President Obama’s call with bloggers seemed to go well. (For the record, because I work for a magazine, I was not a part of the call.)

* Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) will not let the Senate vote on qualified State Department nominees because he disapproves of the administration’s position on the coup in Honduras.

* The Weekly Standard: “More Partisan Hackery.”

* Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) probably ought to get a good legal team together.

* The White House will miss its own deadline on a report detailing the administration’s policy on detaining terror suspects.

* USA Today/Gallup has Obama’s approval rating at 55%. So does the AP.

* If more cable news shows ran fact-checking segments like this one, I’d watch more cable news shows.

* Harvard’s Henry Louis Gates Jr. was arrested last week after “breaking into” his own Cambridge home. The charges have since been dropped.

* I wonder what the reaction would have been if an MSNBC personality gushed, during an interview, about having voted for the Democratic subject of the interview.

* The media reports about a $23 trillion bailout are wildly irresponsible.

* And finally, Rep. Mike Castle (R) of Delaware, a relative moderate by contemporary GOP standards, held a town-hall meeting recently. That wouldn’t be especially noteworthy, were it not for the fact that right-wing activists quickly created a “mob-like atmosphere,” pressing Castle on a wide range of bizarre conspiracy theories. Castle was routinely booed for not being nearly conservative enough. It was quite a sight.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.