WEDNESDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* It was a close, 218-214 vote: “The House on Wednesday passed legislation giving the federal government the ability to borrow a whopping $290 billion to finance its operations for just six additional weeks.”
* Pushing tensions further: “Iran on Wednesday test-fired an upgraded version of its most advanced missile, which is capable of hitting Israel and parts of Europe, in a new show of strength aimed at preventing any military strike against it amid the nuclear standoff with the West.”
* On a related note, the House approved last night new sanctions aimed at Iran’s nuclear program, 412 to 12.
* Can’t hurt to try, I suppose: “President Obama wrote a personal letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Il that a U.S. envoy delivered, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.”
* Don’t expect to see the Fed increase interest rates for a long time.
* On a related note, I wouldn’t have chosen Ben Bernanke as Time‘s Person of the Year, but the magazine didn’t ask me.
* On a related note, Nate Silver has 20 questions for progressives who want to kill the health care reform plan.
* That Joe Arpaio is real, and not some over-the-top character in a Grisham novel, is rather disturbing.
* Paul Krugman weighs in on whether cutting minimum wage would be good for the economy. (Hint: it wouldn’t.)
* Right-wing activists sure do love those reform/Holocaust comparisons, don’t they?
* “Moonlight Madness” — the practice of being a full-time student and full-time worker simultaneously.
* Is it a two-fer if you defraud disabled veterans and the government at the same time?
* The least Dick Armey can do is get Rachel Maddow’s name right.
* Fine, I’ll admit it. The ukulele kid brings a smile to my face.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.