TUESDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Afghanistan: “Five car bombs detonated in a single simultaneous blast Tuesday in Afghanistan’s largest southern city, flattening of buildings and killing at least 41 people, officials said. In other violence, four U.S. servicemen were killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, making 2009 the deadliest year for the growing contingent of foreign troops since the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001.”
* Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) sounds very discouraged about health care reform’s prospects: “We’re headed in the direction of doing absolutely nothing, and I think that’s unfortunate.”
* Consumer confidence is looking a little better.
* Is half a torture investigation better than none at all? Dahlia Lithwick ponders.
* John McCain today told supportive constituents today that President Obama supports the Constitution. The senator was roundly booed for the comment.
* On a related note, McCain’s discussion with constituents was aired live on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. I don’t know why.
* Obama’s FCC will enforce net neutrality and vowed to go after companies that violate its tenets.
* South Carolina Republicans continue to weigh impeachment against Gov. Mark Sanford (R).
* The result of our public discourse: “A ‘vandalism spree’ hit the Colorado Democratic Party headquarters in Denver today, where the ‘vandal allegedly used a hammer to smash’ 11 windows.”
* Rush Limbaugh thinks the president might be after his genitalia.
* Utah State Sen. Chris Buttars (R) sure does seem to hate gay people.
* Sean Hannity invited a guest onto his program last night to complain about comparisons between right-wing activists and “brown shirts.” The guest proceeded to compare the Democratic agenda to “National Socialism” and accuse administration officials of having swastikas on their arms.
* When it comes to ratings, Fox News is a great success. Fox Business Network is, at least for now, a colossal failure.
* And finally, there was a lengthy discussion yesterday on “Fox & Friends” about whether the Republican effort to sink health care reform is a “conspiracy theory.” I’m fairly certain they weren’t kidding.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.