THURDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation issues another grim report card: “The agency reported that the banking industry lost $3.7 billion in the second quarter amid a surge in bad loans made to home builders, commercial real estate developers, and small and midsize businesses. Its deposit insurance fund dropped 20 percent, to $10.4 billion, in the second quarter, its lowest level in nearly 16 years.”
* The revised GDP numbers from the second quarter showed the economy shrank at a 1% annual rate. The previous estimate was a 1.5% decline.
* House Committee on Energy and Commerce put together a terrific resource, measuring the impact of health care reform on every congressional district in the country.
* Ted Kennedy’s body arrived in Boston this afternoon, after traveling a 70-mile route, with spectators lining the streets.
* A man who brought an assault rifle and a handgun to a presidential event in Arizona last week had attended church services the day before. His pastor told the congregation that he was going to “pray for Barack Obama to die and go to hell.”
* A federal investigation prevented New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) from joining the Obama cabinet, but it looks like Richardson is in the clear.
* Blue Dog Democrats sure do get a lot of money from the pharmaceutical, health care. and health insurance industries.
* I’m glad to see Wendell Potter’s efforts get some more attention. I still think his should be a household name by now. Is anyone’s perspective more relevant in the health care debate?
* Adam Serwer 1, Andy McCarthy 0.
* Looks like Beck and O’Reilly have made Van Jones the man they love to hate.
* It’s good to see “Matthew Alexander” join VetVoice.
* I’m young and healthy, and plan to be around for a very long time. But if something horrible ever happens to me, by all means, politicize my death.
* I’m not entirely sure who Andrew Breitbart is, but his attacks on Ted Kennedy yesterday were vile.
* Limbaugh is, of course, attacking Kennedy, too.
* Digby asks an interesting question: “How long is everyone going to deny just how fu**ing crazy mainstream Republicanism has become? And when are people going to start asking seriously where this is headed?”
* And reader A.K. let me know about this insightful piece from Michael Seitzman, who shares a suggestion about how to deal with the crazies: “Stop trying to get these people to realize how wrong they are and how right you are. Stop trying to apply reason to the profoundly unreasonable. Stop trying to mitigate or explain their collective temper tantrum. Stop trying to curry their favor, their votes, their attention. They don’t care about truth, right and wrong, good or bad. They care about stomping feet, crying victim, and pointing fingers.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.