TUESDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Haiti: “U.S. troops landed on the lawn of Haiti’s shattered presidential palace to the cheers of quake victims on Tuesday, and the U.N. said it would throw more police and soldiers into the sluggish global effort to aid the devastated country. The U.N. forces are aimed at quelling the outbursts of violence that have slowed distribution of supplies, leaving many Haitians still without help a week after the magnitude-7.0 quake killed an estimated 200,000 people.”
* Turnout in Massachusetts’s special election is reportedly higher than expected. While higher turnout usually benefits the Democrat, no one in the party seems to think this maxim applies today.
* In case you’re curious, there are no exit polls.
* President Obama focused on schools this morning: “Obama traveled to an elementary school in the Virginia suburbs to make a pitch for Congress to expand his signature education initiative, Race to the Top. Mr. Obama said he would ask lawmakers to approve an additional $1.3 billion for the initiative, a grant competition that is intended to spur innovation in schools by requiring states to pledge adherence to stricter standards.”
* A “Fox & Friends” host encouraged viewers, on the air, to “make a call to Massachusetts and get some people out to the polls” because, as she put it, Scott Brown may help investors’ stock portfolios.
* Interesting story about Defense Secretary Robert Gates encouraging his military aides to stop wearing combat fatigues to work.
* Bill O’Reilly is genuinely disappointed about who can and cannot make fun of: “48 years ago in this country we could make fun of Arabs…. We could make fun of people in a general way, and certainly, Ahab was the Arab was a general parody. But now, we can’t. What has changed in America?” He wasn’t kidding.
* And if you’re looking for a little something to feel good about today, take a look at this video, showing a search-and-rescue team from Los Angeles, freeing a woman in Haiti who’d been trapped under a collapsed hotel. A crowd assembled, and cheered, “U.S.A., U.S.A.”
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