TUESDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Iran: “Brushing aside international calls for stricter sanctions against it, Iran said Tuesday it had begun enriching uranium for use in a medical reactor to a higher level of purity, raising the stakes again in its dispute with the United States and other countries over its nuclear program. The United States responded by saying it would seek United Nations backing for new sanctions within weeks.”
* More Iran: “In recent weeks, Iranian security officials have unleashed a wave of arrests across the country in an effort to neutralize the political opposition, silence critical voices and head off widespread protests when the nation marks the anniversary of the revolution on Thursday, Iran analysts inside and outside the country said.”
* If the AP report is accurate, the Senate “jobs bill” is poised to be exceedingly disappointing.
* Hopes of a rescue for Greece seem to improve.
* China’s pollution problem is pretty extraordinary: “China’s government on Tuesday unveiled its most detailed survey ever of the pollution plaguing the country, revealing that water pollution in 2007 was more than twice as severe as official figures that had long omitted agricultural waste.”
* President Obama stops by the press briefing room. (Will they stop complaining about the lack of press conferences for a while?)
* Despite the bluster, the House Republican leadership isn’t going to blow off the invitation to the White House summit on health care reform.
* In light of the weather and next week’s recess, the House has scrapped its legislative schedule until the 22nd. Among other things, that means a delay on a bill stripping health insurers of their anti-trust exemption.
* Direct student lending to create American jobs.
* White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has a little fun at former half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s (R) expense.
* OFA isn’t done with its efforts to pass health care reform.
* Countering the Luntz memo on financial reform.
* And the Senate rejected Craig Becker’s nomination to the National Labor Relations Board this afternoon. A majority supported the nomination, which in the American system in the 21st century, means the nomination fails.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.