TUESDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Kabul: “A suicide bomber struck outside a hotel popular with foreigners on Tuesday, killing at least eight people and wounding 40 others, the Afghan authorities said.”
* Baghdad: “A series of car bombs exploded in central Baghdad on Tuesday morning near the Green Zone, government ministries and the Iranian Embassy, killing four people and wounding at least 14 others, Iraqi police officials said.”
* Marriage equality in the nation’s capital: “The D.C. Council gave final approval Tuesday to a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, setting off a wave of excitement in the gay community even as opponents vow to continue the fight on Capitol Hill.”
* President Obama met with the Senate Democratic caucus today about health care, and sounded optimistic afterwards.
* AARP endorses Senate health reform bill.
* GM’s new leadership intends to repay federal loans by the end of June.
* Speaker Pelosi intends to pass a new jobs bill by the State of the Union in January.
* Obama continues to promote “cash for caulkers.”
* Not bad: “A solid majority of Americans support the idea of a global treaty that would require the United States to reduce significantly greenhouse gas emissions, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, although many also express concern about the potential impact on the economy.”
* Resurrecting Glass-Steagall?
* Kevin Drum thinks the remaining health plan is actually quite good: “[T]his is still a huge achievement that will benefits tens of millions of people in very concrete ways and will do it without expanding our long-term deficit. Either with or without a public option, this is more than Bill Clinton ever did, more than Teddy Kennedy did, more than LBJ did, more than Truman did, and more than FDR did. There won’t be many other times in our lives any of us will be able to say that. So pass the bill. The longer we wait, the worse it will get. Pass it now.”
* Chuck Lane probably shouldn’t have picked a fight with Ezra Klein.
* And finally, Keith Olbermann considers whether conservatives have a voice in the media.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.