MONDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* At the start of a two-day summit between the United States and China, President Obama emphasized the fact that the relationship between the two countries will shape the 21st century. The U.S. delegation for the talks will be led by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
* New home sales in the U.S. far exceeded expectations last month, showing the largest increase in more than eight years.
* The $644-million Community Stabilization Program in Iraq has been suspended due to alleged widespread corruption.
* In the wake of the controversy surrounding Skip Gates’ arrest, racial slurs at The Root have become a real problem.
* Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is real sorry he suggested last week that the U.S. needed to prepare for a possible military confrontation with India.
* It was a pleasant surprise to see Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) acknowledge that United States has detention facilities that could safely hold Gitmo inmates. Alas, he’s still wrong about the policy.
* Rick Santorum apparently can’t read health care legislation. After all those years in the House and Senate, Santorum really should have learned a little more about the process.
* Yet another far-right, “family values” Republican has been caught up in a sex scandal. The latest is Tennessee State Sen. Paul Stanley (R), a married Sunday school teacher, ardent anti-gay lawmaker, and proponent of abstinence-only education, who acknowledged his adultery after his mistress’ boyfriend tried to blackmail him. The boyfriend, apparently, had video of the state senator in a “compromising” position.
* Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), never accused of being the sharpest crayon in the box, argued today on the Senate floor that burning oil doesn’t cause pollution. He wasn’t kidding.
* One of the guest hosts of MSNBC’s “Countdown” this week will be none other than Howard Dean. That ought to be fun.
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