Friday’s Mini-Report

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

* Iraq’s cautious, careful embrace of democratic elections.

* G.M.: “General Motors said Friday that it planned to reinstate 661 dealers that it cut last year as part of its bankruptcy reorganization. The number is more than half of the nearly 1,100 dealers who challenged G.M. termination decision.”

* U.S. nuclear policy at a crossroads.

* Turkey really isn’t happy about this: “A congressional committee voted Thursday to label as “genocide” the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians, shrugging off a last-minute warning from Obama administration officials that it would alienate Turkey, a key U.S. ally.”

* Keep a very close eye on what Rep. Bart Gordon (D) of Tennessee has to say about health care reform.

* In the wake of the “fear-gate” controversy, DNC Chairman Tim Kaine urges the Republican National Committee to “clean house.”

* The floor fight will no doubt be far more difficult, but I was glad to see the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday approve Dawn Johnsen’s nomination to head the Office of Legal Counsel.

* CNN’s Wolf Blitzer did a real disservice to his audience and to his network yesterday with his coverage of Liz Cheney’s McCarthyite smears against Justice Department attorneys.

* Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-Okla.) obstructionist tactics are interfering with peace efforts in Northern Uganda. Fortunately, some are beginning to notice.

* National Journal often does good work. Its ideological rankings for lawmakers are an exception.

* Sensible people don’t compare health care reform to the Bataan Death March.

* Stay classy, Cato Institute.

* Post-Bush military readiness is one of those issues that deserves more attention.

* Despite perceptions, Gen X professors want tenure, too.

* Remember, as far as Fox News is concerned, Republican activist/faux journalist Megyn Kelly is a neutral, independent media professional. Riiiiight.

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.