Wednesday’s Mini-Report

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

* Toyota sure is sorry.

* The House passed legislation today to end the anti-trust exemption for health insurance companies. The final vote was 406 to 19.

* Don’t expect interest rates to go up anytime soon.

* Is it possible that Pakistan has really arrested half of the Afghan Taliban’s leadership?

* If you want to watch tomorrow’s health care summit, the cable news networks plan on offering all kinds of coverage.

* Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) is once again taking steps to kill health care reform over abortion.

* Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) wants the estate tax to be at the top of the Senate’s priority list. Sometimes, these far-right lawmakers really are parodies of themselves.

* Facing congressional resistance, the “Volcker Rule” appears to be in trouble.

* Blackwater would be stripped of its federal funding if it “started registering black people to vote.” Nice one, Serwer.

* I often wonder if Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) is a secret liberal who says stupid things on purpose to make Republicans look ridiculous.

* When Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) decides to go after Republicans, few progressive voices are as cutting and brutal.

* Birthers are apparently dominant in the Arizona legislature’s state House GOP caucus.

* The higher education recession.

* It’s hard not to wonder if the Washington Post regrets not looking into Marc Thiessen’s record before the paper hired him.

* Remember that chain email that made the rounds about AirTran Flight 297? It was literally unbelievable before, and it’s now completely debunked.

* Yes, tragically, Limbaugh’s racism can get worse.

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.