Thursday’s Mini-Report

THURSDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:

* A stunning tragedy: “Eleven people plus an attacker were killed and 31 were wounded after a gunman opened fire at Fort Hood in Texas on Thursday, a Fort Hood spokesman said. The gunman was a soldier, and two other soldiers have been detained as suspects, said the spokesman, Lt. Gen. Bob Cone. Officials said they believe three gunmen were involved. At least two of the gunmen wore military uniforms, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, said. One of the shooters has been apprehended, Fort Hood spokesman Sgt. Maj. Jamie Posten told CNN.”

* President Obama addressed the shooting this afternoon, calling the incident “a horrific outburst of violence.” He added, “These are men and women who made the selfless and courageous decision” to risk their lives in the service of the nation. “It is horrifying that they should come under fire at an Army base on American soil.”

* Congress approved an extension of unemployment benefits today, as well as the home-buyer tax credit. President Obama is expected to sign them into law tomorrow.

* A dozen right-wing protestors refused to leave Speaker Pelosi’s congressional office and were arrested.

* The phrase of the day at the Tea Party rally at the Capitol seemed to be “Kill the bill.” Even now, I’m still not quite sure what it is about health care reform these folks hate so much.

* Nice to see retail sales have a fairly strong month, posting the retailing industry’s best performance in more than a year.

* Despite a ridiculous “boycott” of the proceedings, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved its climate bill today, on 10 to 1 vote.

* Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will apparently not seek another term in office, an announcement that will add additional disarray to the already chaotic Palestinian political system.

* House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) vowed unanimous opposition to health care reform from the House Republican caucus.

* The American Center Society joined the AMA and the AARP in endorsing the House health care reform bill.

* Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani’s former police commissioner and George W. Bush’s one-time choice to head the Department of Homeland Security, is headed for prison.

* President Obama hosted a White House Tribal Nations Conference today, which included leaders from 564 federally recognized tribes.

* It’s not a good time to subsidize rich kids’ educations.

* Immunity for prosecutors who frame innocent men for murder? I hope not.

* If Republicans were to reclaim the House majority, I suspect the calls for baseless presidential impeachment would get pretty loud.

* And Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) talks about how she starts her day: “The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning out of bed, I grab my cell phone and I look to RedState … and I feel like I at least am kind of prepared to get out of bed, and then I go read the editorial page of Investors Business Daily or the Wall Street Journal for a wider background of knowledge for the day… I just find it is one of the most credible sources of information out there.” I think she’s serious.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.