Friday’s Mini-Report

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

* Scott Roeder sentenced to life in prison for the first-degree murder of Dr. George Tiller.

* An encouraging, and surprising, turn of events: “After months of tense relations, China is showing new willingness to engage in talks with the United States, a diplomatic opening that may help the Obama administration achieve U.N. consensus on tightening sanctions on Iran.”

* An extremist group sent letters to more than 30 U.S. governors, from both parties, this week, demanding their resignations. The FBI “has issued an intelligence note warning police that an anti-government group’s call to remove dozens of sitting governors may encourage others to act out violently.”

* On a related note, Zachary Roth did a nice job pulling together the “top ten flare-ups of anti-government violence — or threats of violence — in the Obama era.”

* The Obama administration is moving forward with a new security protocol for people flying to the United States. The overhauled system will be intelligence-based, and is intended to “raise flags about travelers whose names do not appear on no-fly watch lists, but whose travel patterns or personal traits create suspicions.”

* Major Gen. Paul Eaton (Ret.), who oversaw training of Iraqi security forces in 2003 and 2004, supports getting rid of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

* Does the RNC consider alcohol “office supplies“?

* New water guidelines from the EPA “could curtail some of the most contentious coal mining techniques used across Appalachia.”

* The DNC is selling T-shirts celebrating Vice President Biden’s description of health care reform as a “BFD.” The first shipment of the shirts, which go for $25, sold out entirely this week.

* Some news outlets are still peddling debunked Republican myths from the early years of the Clinton presidency. Still.

* Given universities’ financial troubles, it’s not at all encouraging to see so many college presidents give themselves raises.

* Ta-Nehisi Coates sets Charles Lane straight.

* He was probably trying to be sarcastic, but hearing Sean Hannity refer to Tea Party radicals as “Tim McVeigh wannabes” — and then hearing them clap — was disconcerting.

* And on a related note, Rush Limbaugh told his minions today that the words “storefront,” “factory,” and “worker” are “Marxist-Leninist terms.” I don’t think he was kidding.

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.