TUESDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Obama administration takes a new approach to aid to Haiti.
* Nissan unveils an electric-car model that will sell for about $25,000 including federal tax credits, “making it roughly comparable to conventional autos and posing a significant test of consumers’ allegiance to gasoline-powered vehicles.”
* Volcker: “White House advisor Paul Volcker sounded hopeful Tuesday about the possibility of meaningful financial regulatory reform passing this year…. But at the same time, he voiced skepticism about efforts by banking lobbyists to carve out exemptions from regulation that would force transparency on certain types of derivative trading.”
* As disappointing as its editorial board can be, the Washington Post has hired some really terrific journalists lately, Thiessen notwithstanding.
* Gen. Jack Sheehan’s (Ret.) apology was both necessary and overdue.
* NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) wants the administration to do more to address gun violence.
* It seems likely American taxpayers will make money off the Citibank bailout, to the tune of about $8 billion.
* It was extremely amusing to see Fox News break away from President Obama’s speech today to watch a plane land without incident.
* Remember when Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) pretended to be an expert on Iraq and the U.S. military presence there? It’s still hard to believe anyone actually fell for that one.
* A physics breakthrough: “After 16 years and $10 billion — and a long morning of electrical groaning and sweating — there was joy in the meadows and tunnels of the Swiss-French countryside Tuesday: the world’s biggest physics machine, the Large Hadron Collider, finally began to collide subatomic particles.”
* Sarah Palin, college fundraiser?
* A fine column from Eugene Robinson on political threats and violence: “It is dishonest for right-wing commentators to insist on an equivalence that does not exist. The danger of political violence in this country comes overwhelmingly from one direction — the right, not the left. The vitriolic, anti-government hate speech that is spewed on talk radio every day — and, quite regularly, at Tea Party rallies — is calibrated not to inform but to incite.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.