Friday’s Mini-Report

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

* HRC in Russia: “U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday that American and Russian negotiators are ‘on the brink’ of agreement on a nuclear arms reduction treaty.”

* Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (D-Fla.) was a “no” on health care, now she’s a “yes.” That makes six in the “no to yes” category, which is absolutely critical to success.

* Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.) was a yes, and announced that he’ll stay a yes. A key vote, to be sure.

* Health care vote watch: Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) was a no and will stay a no, Mary Jo Kilroy (D-Ohio) was a yes and will stay a yes.

* Democratic memo published by Politico appears to be a fake.

* The memo hoax was pushed aggressively by leading congressional Republicans.

* Looks like the president’s speech to the House caucus will be on the Hill, instead of the White House.

* Thanks to Republican budget cuts in Arizona, 47,000 low-income children will lose their health coverage.

* Sean Hannity has some explaining to do.

* The stimulus worked.

* Bob Greenstein gets it.

* Follow-up on the guy in Ohio with Parkinson’s who was mocked and upbraided by right-wing activists.

* Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have an immigration reform plan.

* Christiane Amanpour is a surprisingly good choice for ABC’s “This Week.”

* Re-organizing No Child Left Behind with an eye towards higher-ed.

* Let’s not overlook the significance of the date: the U.S. invasion of Iraq began seven years ago today.

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.