MONDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Somalia: “A U.S. commando attack in Somalia has killed an al Qaeda operative who is on the FBI’s list of most wanted terrorists, sources tell ABC News. The dead terrorist, Saleh Ali Nabhan, is believed to have taken part in the 1998 attacks on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. He is also believed to have orchestrated the 2002 bombing of a resort hotel in Mombasa, Kenay, and a failed missile attack on an Israeli airliner leaving Mombasa airport.”
* Pakistan: “A missile fired from a suspected unmanned U.S. drone slammed into a car in a Pakistani tribal region close to the Afghan border Monday, killing four people, intelligence officials and residents said.”
* New rules for the American-run prison at the Bagram Air Base?
* Osama bin Laden has apparently released a new audiotape.
* Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) is not on board with expanding the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.
* Sounds like there’s an appetite for big government: “One year after Wall Street teetered on the brink of collapse, seven out of 10 Americans lack confidence the federal government has taken safeguards to prevent another financial industry meltdown, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.”
* As of yesterday, the H1N1 swine flu vaccine will be available by the first week of October, 2 weeks earlier than previously expected.
* Baucus Plan: $880 billion over 10 years.
* The House Committee on Education and Labor put this interactive graphic together, and I really like it.
* It looks like Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) is capable of embarrassment.
* Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens’ former clerks are “convinced” he will retire late next spring.
* Note to John McCain: when you’re discussing U.S. policy in Afghanistan, you really ought to avoid the words “muddle through.”
* Glenn Beck sure has lost a lot of advertisers.
* And in light of the Lehman anniversary, this video from the DNC seems worth watching, if for no other reason, than to remind us of how scary things were and how far we’ve come.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.