WEDNESDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* House Speaker Pelosi was asked if she believed the House would end up having the votes to pass health care reform. “Yes,” Pelosi said. “If we took it up today, yes.”
* Look for a new CBO score on the latest health care proposal within the next 24 hours.
* Not bad: “Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia posted net gains in employment in January, the Labor Department reported Wednesday, providing further evidence that the economy is slowly gaining momentum.”
* A long-term commitment: “Even as the United States military withdraws the forces it sent urgently to Haiti after its devastating earthquake in January, President Obama on Wednesday pledged a lasting commitment to aid and assistance.”
* Good for the House: “House Democratic leaders banned Wednesday the practice of doling out multimillion-dollar, no-bid contracts to private contractors, a move that will shake up the lobbying industry that has come to rely on securing these so-called earmarks for their corporate clients.”
* Education: “Culminating a year’s work, a panel of educators convened by the nation’s governors and state school superintendents released a set of proposed common academic standards on Wednesday. The standards, posted on the panel’s web site, lay out the panel’s vision of what American public school students should learn in math and English, year by year, from kindergarten to high school graduation.”
* Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is eyeing filibuster reform, too. Look for the first hearing in the Rules and Administration Committee before the end of the month.
* Great piece from Ben Brandzel, of MoveOn or Organizing for America fame, on progressives and health care reform.
* With the arrest of the blond-haired, blue-eyed Colleen Renee LaRose, it looks like all terrorists don’t look alike. Someone ought to let Steve Doocy know.
* Things get a little worse for Eric Massa.
* No, right-wing media, the president is not trying to ban sport fishing.
* It doesn’t get a lot of attention, but a provision of the Senate health care plan allows states to pursue single-payer, if they so choose.
* As a rule, public universities are public for a reason.
* Alas, Rush Limbaugh won’t go into exile if health care reform becomes law. He will, however, rely on Costa Rica’s socialized system.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.