THURSDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* CBO gives the House Democrats’ health care reform bill an $894 billion price tag over the next 10 years. Just as important, the bill, if passed, would reduce the deficit by $104 billion over the next decade.
* Iran wants to change the nature of the nuclear deal. What a surprise.
* Sounds like HRC isn’t satisfied with what she’s seeing from Pakistan: “U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s said on Thursday it was ‘hard to believe’ that no one in Pakistan’s government knew where al Qaeda leaders were hiding, striking a new tone on a trip where Washington’s credibility has come under attack.”
* Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) is on board with the motion to proceed, which will at least send health care reform to the floor for debate and amendments. Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) said the same thing this afternoon. Baby steps.
* President Obama talks up small businesses.
* More evidence of the stimulus helping: “A historic nosedive in state tax collections extended into the third quarter of the year, and only an infusion of federal stimulus money has averted widespread program cuts and worker layoffs.”
* Jon Cohn takes a closer look at the merits of the new House health care reform bill. (He likes it.)
* Steve Miller, the director of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), testified under oath this morning about Bonner and Associates sending fake constituent letters to members of Congress. It really didn’t go well.
* Same-day voter registration. Sounds good to me.
* I wonder why Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) is afraid of Rachel Maddow? I can say from personal experience that she’s a delightful interviewer.
*MSNBC is only too pleased to air an anti-Dobbs advertisement.
* Best wishes to Fred Clarkson on a speedy recovery.
* Crowley and Gates meet for beers, again.
* “Tea Party” activists tried to organize a “flash mob” to protest at the Capitol this morning, when House Democrats unveiled their health care reform bill. By most estimates, about 10 right-wing activists showed up. One Northern Virginia Teabagger said, “If this is organized, we suck.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.