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

* Quite a sight: “A plume of volcanic ash from Iceland hovering over Northern Europe severely disrupted air travel for hundreds of thousands of airline passengers Thursday as authorities cancelled flights across the region.”

* President Obama speaks in Florida, recommits his administration to NASA’s future.

* Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has her eyes on Massey Energy.

* Housing crisis isn’t over: “A record number of U.S. homes were lost to foreclosure in the first three months of this year, a sign banks are starting to wade through the backlog of troubled home loans at a faster pace, according to a new report.”

* Targeting the Taliban: “The Pentagon has increased its use of the military’s most elite special operations teams in Afghanistan, more than doubling the number of the highly trained teams assigned to hunt down Taliban leaders, according to senior officials.”

* The public is still open to persuasion on the merits of the Affordable Care Act.

* Good to know: “Climate change researchers accused of manipulating or hiding data in last year’s ‘Climategate’ affair were guilty of sloppy record-keeping but not bad science, an independent panel in Britain concluded Wednesday.”

* On a related note, expect to see the Kerry-Graham-Lieberman climate bill on April 26.

* Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) still isn’t truth-oriented.

* Scandal-plagued, far-right Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is willing to fight to support formaldehyde, no matter what EPA scientists think.

* A right-wing House member admits to ignoring the law on completing Census forms.

* The president’s and vice president’s tax returns are open to public review.

* Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) doesn’t mind sympathizing with terrorists. He does mind if you point this out to him.

* It’s a stretch to say where you go to college is irrelevant.

* Um, CBS? Why are you publishing un-sourced gossip from Ben Domenech?

* I’m so glad to see the CBPP finally launch a blog. I’m a huge CBPP fan, I’ve been wanting them to do this for a while.

* Remember, a Republican lie doesn’t have to make sense; it doesn’t have to withstand scrutiny; it doesn’t even have to be persuasive. It just has to be repeated.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. 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.