Monday’s Mini-Report

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

* Pakistan: “In the most direct attack on an American facility in Pakistan in years, militants mounted a multipronged assault against the United States Consulate in this northern city on Monday, using a truck bomb, machine guns and rocket launchers, Pakistani and American officials said.” At least 6 Pakistanis were killed and 20 wounded.

* In an apparent bid to destroy his credibility and standing, Afghan President Hamid Karzai threatened to join the Taliban unless the West pulls back from its demands for reform.

* GOP obstructionism has consequences: “Thanks to congressional inaction, more than 200,000 laid-off workers could lose access to unemployment benefits this week, and no flood insurance policies will be renewed or issued until Congress returns on April 12 — despite record long-term joblessness and record rainfall.”

* A pretty major earthquake rocked Mexico’s Baja California peninsula Sunday, and could be felt throughout much of the Southwestern U.S.

* Iraq: “Three car bombs detonated near foreign embassies in Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 32 people and wounding more than 200, security officials said.”

* A deadly cover-up after “badly bungled American Special Operations assault in February” in Afghanistan.

* And speaking of deadly cover-ups, a secret video was leaked today of “a U.S. Army Apache helicopter in Baghdad in 2007 repeatedly opening fire on a group of men that included a Reuters photographer and his driver — and then on a van that stopped to rescue one of the wounded men.”

* Drone strikes continue to batter al Qaeda.

* NHTSA will seek a civil judgment of $16.375 million against Toyota.

* It can be a little confusing to see the unemployment rate go up when the economy adds jobs. The WaPo had a good piece on why this happens.

* The Turkish ambassador to the U.S. comes back.

* The fiscal crisis facing Greece has not yet been resolved.

* I’m deeply skeptical about charter schools for a reason.

* When it comes to science, evidence, and climate, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) isn’t very bright.

* Fact checking the Sunday shows.

* The truth about for-profit higher ed.

* Fact-checking Marc Thiessen’s error-ridden book is challenging, but Media Matters is up to the task.

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.