TUESDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* More on this tomorrow: “President Obama summoned 20 of his top national security aides for a White House meeting Tuesday afternoon, after which he is expected to announce a series of steps to improve airline safety, according to administration officials.”
* The suicide bomber who killed seven CIA operatives in Afghanistan last week “was a Jordanian informant who lured intelligence officers into a trap by promising new information about al-Qaeda’s top leadership.”
* Not good: “The number of people preparing to buy a home in November fell sharply in the latest sign that the housing market, which had been rebounding strongly, may be headed for a ‘double-dip’ downturn over the winter.”
* December was a good month for most of the major auto manufacturers — except for GM and Chrysler.
* Another South Carolina county Republican Party voted to censure Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) for only being mostly right-wing.
* Instead of having a debate over health care policy, we’re having a debate over whether there should be cameras watching those negotiating over health care policy. The complaints aren’t exactly compelling.
* Dear National Counterterrorism Center: please hire more Middle East analysts.
* Typical: “Senate Republicans are determined to prevent the creation of an independent Consumer Financial Protection Agency because they consider it as threatening as their current arch-nemesis regulator: the Environmental Protection Agency.”
* Commenting on progress towards health care reform, Dan Pfeiffer urges Americans not to “fall prey to the cynicism and pessimism of a lot of the chattering class.” Sounds like good advice.
* If only Fox News could remember 2001. It was only a litle more than eight years ago.
* American colleges not responsive to labor needs.
* Republican strategist John Feehery believes Erick Erickson is “a complete joker” and is “overrated and overnoted.” That’s more than fair, but it was still amusing to see the fairly prominent right-wing blogger on “The Colbert Report” last night.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.