TUESDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Iran: “One day after it said it test-fired missiles capable of striking targets 1,250 miles from its soil, Iran said Tuesday that it would soon offer a timetable for international inspectors to visit a hitherto secret nuclear enrichment facility, but that it was not prepared to renounce its nuclear program or debate its ‘rights’ to operate the previously undeclared plant.”
* The U.S. has a different idea: “The Obama administration is laying plans to cut Iran’s economic links to the rest of the world if talks this week over the country’s nuclear ambitions founder, according to officials and outside experts familiar with the plans.”
* President Obama met with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen today at the White House to explore a new strategy in Afghanistan. Rasmussen agreed that it’s less important to discuss troop levels, and more important to figure out what the mission should be.
* The administration has cleared 75 of the remaining 223 Guantanamo prisoners for release.
* This year’s White House “Family Day” proclamation honored children of “same-sex couples” for the first time.
* Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) will join House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) tomorrow at event to promote public funding of private schools in D.C.
* In case there were any doubts, interim Sen. Paul Kirk (D-Mass.) supports a public option.
* Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) is taking the lead on repealing retroactive immunity for telecoms that worked with the Bush administration’s warrantless-wiretap program.
* Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) doesn’t understand foreign policy.
* A.L. sets Mickey Kaus straight.
* I guess Republicans don’t want Chicago to get the Olympics?
* It’s one thing for far-right activists to lie on national television. It’s another when the network doesn’t correct the record for viewers.
* I wish O’Reilly would leave Vermont alone.
* And Rob Kutner, a writer at “The Tonight Show,” put together a good new video on health care reform.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.