Friday’s Mini-Report

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

* As expected, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signed into law an odious new anti-immigrant bill today.

* At least 58 people killed in Iraq: “A coordinated series of explosions struck a party headquarters, two mosques, a market and a shop in Baghdad on Friday, deepening the country’s turmoil amid a political impasse and a concerted military campaign against the leaders of Al Qaeda in Iraq.”

* Pulling the alarm: “Pushed to the brink of bankruptcy, Greece on Friday requested a massive, $56 billion rescue that is aimed at preventing a financial meltdown in the heart of Europe and will test the resolve of the European Union to uphold its pledge to bail out the troubled Mediterranean nation.”

* New home sales surged 27% in March. It was “the biggest monthly increase in 47 years.”

* Is the climate/energy bill dead?

* The Treasury Department expects the overall price tag for TARP to be as low as $87 billion, when all is said and done.

* Death threats force Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) to close his district offices.

* The disaster at the Deepwater Horizon rig has not gone unnoticed in the context of the debate over drilling policy.

* FCC Commissioner Michael Copps envisions a major fight over net neutrality.

* Congressional Dems craft a legislative plan to respond to the Citizens United ruling.

* President Obama is the most popular leader in the world. Conservatives will no doubt try to argue that this is awful news.

* Killing an American by firing-squad? In the 21st century?

* The DADT conspiracy theories don’t stand up well to scrutiny.

* Matt Yglesias underscores the problem with Jonah Goldberg’s work.

* Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, the Army doctor who’s convinced the president isn’t a natural born citizen, has thrown away a decorated military career.

* Fighting against tuition hikes.

* Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s (R) ridiculous lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act may help in unexpected ways.

* Republicans lawmakers want to “start over.” On what? On everything.

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.