Tuesday’s Mini-Report

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

* Slowly but surely, food distribution is improving in Haiti.

* GM and Ford had a good January, for a change.

* China isn’t happy about it, but President Obama intends to meet with the Dalai Lama.

* It’s impossible to take Tehran at its word, but: “Iran said on Tuesday it was ready to send its uranium abroad for further enrichment as requested by the U.N. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced the decision in an interview with state Iranian television. He said Iran will have ‘no problem’ giving the West its low-enriched uranium and taking it back several months later when it is enriched by 20 percent.”

* Obama was in New Hampshire today to talk up his plan to free up $30 billion in lending for small businesses.

* Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) is in an intensive care unit following complications from gall bladder surgery.

* No, really, cancel Haiti’s debt.

* I’m beginning to think John McCain just doesn’t like gay people.

* Good report from Blue Girl on the latest out of Afghanistan.

* Frank Luntz pens a memo on how best to kill Wall Street reform.

* The House Republicans’ energy policy appears to be a copy-and-paste job from Bush administration proposals.

* Adam Serwer 1, Richard Cohen 0.

* Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is still having trouble rationalizing her opposition to health care reform.

* Oh look, Daniel Pipes wants the U.S. to attack Iran. Imagine that.

* The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council of Independent Colleges team up on an interesting new project.

* And Bruce Bartlett, a veteran of the Reagan and H.W. Bush administrations, fears that “between 20% and 50%” of the Republican Party is “either insane or mind-numbingly stupid.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.