Monday’s Mini-Report

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

* Climate talks in Copenhagen hit a rough patch today, but parties have returned to the negotiating table.

* The threat is not a distant one: Al Gore explains that ice in Arctic Ocean may vanish by 2014.

* Inclement weather hurt attendance, but President Obama nevertheless pressured bank execs today “to take ‘extraordinary’ steps to revive lending for small businesses and homeowners, drawing a firm commitment from one large bank to make more loans and vaguer assurances from others.”

* On a related note, Citigroup is paying the government back $20 billion, making it “the last of the big Wall Street banks to exit the government’s bailout program, after persuading regulators that it was sound enough to stand on its own.”

* Omnibus spending bill is headed for the president’s desk.

* White House condemns the anti-homosexuality bill pending in the Ugandan parliament.

* Should be interesting: “Computer technicians have found 22 million missing White House e-mails from the administration of President George W. Bush, according to two groups that are settling lawsuits they filed over the failure by the Bush White House to install an electronic record keeping system.”

* The Kerry-Graham-Lieberman climate bill is seeking support in the Senate, but it’s not the only bipartisan bill — the Cantwell-Snowe measure has also been introduced.

* A poll released today shows a whopping 81% of Dems support punishing Joe Lieberman for his behavior in the health care debate.

* OMB Director Peter Orszag takes on the factually-challenged Wall Street Journal.

* More schools in danger of losing federal funds.

* Efforts to lower the volume on television ads are facing resistance from congressional Republicans.

* ACORN wins an important court battle.

* On a related note, Joe Conason has a strong piece on the “duplicity in the famous [ACORN] tapes.”

* The process through which media professionals seek credentials from the Congressional Radio-Television Galleries seems flawed.

* Paul Samuelson, R.I.P.

* And even now, Republican officials are interested in the president’s birth certificate. What an embarrassment.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

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