WEDNESDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* The Fed seems cautiously optimistic about the beginnings of an economic recovery.
* Iraqi security forces, against the wishes of the U.S., launched an offensive against an Iranian dissident group. It’s a move fraught with implications.
* Despite 280 supporters in the House, a sweeping food safety bill, which would improve inspections and oversight, is being slowed down on the Hill.
* The center-right health care “compromise” emerging from the Senate Finance Committee will reportedly cost under $900 billion over 10 years. No word yet on what kind of concessions, or gimmicks, make this possible.
* The DCCC is not amused by mock-hangings put together by reform opponents.
* In an apparent attempt to be as annoying as humanly possible, Sen. Ben Nelson (D) of Nebraska says he’s undecided about Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. The conservative Democrat said yesterday he needs to “convince myself she won’t be an activist” on the bench.
* It can be challenging to keep the conservative front-groups straight when it comes the fight over health care reform, but ThinkProgress has done some interesting research on the Coalition to Protect Patients’ Rights.
* Tennessee’s Paul Stanley (R), in the wake of an ugly sex scandal, wisely chose to resign yesterday.
* And finally, Fox News can’t find Egypt on a map. Apparently, the network’s staffers are as confused as its audience.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.