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

* As far as President Obama is concerned, U.S. withdrawal policy in Iraq is still on schedule.

* Today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that the United States “would not offer North Korea any sweeteners to return to talks and would consider extending a ‘defense umbrella’ over the Middle East if Iran does not heed calls to halt its nuclear weapons program.”

* Pakistan is worried that the U.S. offensive against the Taliban in Afghanistan will force militants across the border, and Pakistan doesn’t have the troops needed to stop them.

* As far as Speaker Pelosi is concerned, there are enough votes in the House to pass health care reform.

* On a related note, Pelosi believes the House can and should keep working through the August recess.

* It’s hard to reconcile moves like these with pre-inauguration promises of more transparency: “Invoking an argument used by President George W. Bush, the Obama administration has turned down a request from a watchdog group for a list of health industry executives who have visited the White House to discuss the massive healthcare overhaul.”

* When it came to Democrats voting on the Thune amendment, whether the senator represented a “blue” or a “red” state made a big difference.

* No matter which version of health care reform advances, expect an individual mandate.

* Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) became the fifth Senate Republican to announce his support for Judge Sonya Sotomayor’s nomination.

* How did Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl end up in the hands of the enemy?

* And why won’t Ralph Peters stop saying stupid things about Bergdahl being taken hostage?

* South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) is leaving the country again, this time for a European vacation.

* Of all the compensation in the United States, more than a third is now going to “executives and other highly compensated employees.”

* Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) is backing off his F-22 demands.

* If you’re looking for a full transcription of the White House call with bloggers on Monday, you’re in luck.

* For some reason, that “fool me once” expression seems to trip up conservatives. I’m not sure why.

* That “$23 trillion bailout” nonsense keeps making the rounds. That’s unfortunate.

* And finally, be sure to take a look at “Palin’s Resignation: The Edited Version.” It turns out, Vanity Fair can do more to annoy the Alaska governor after all.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. 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.