FRIDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* In the Gulf: “It was part engineering marvel, part video game challenge Friday as crews painstakingly worked to lower a box the size of a house over the ruptured oil well that has spewed an estimated 3 million gallons of crude into the sea. Camera-equipped underwater robots operated by joystick from the surface labored to maneuver the 100-ton concrete-and-steel vault into place so it could eventually capture the oil and funnel it up to a tanker.”
* Perhaps Germany could have acted a little sooner: “The German parliament gave overwhelming approval Friday to the unpopular financial rescue plan put together by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund to save Greece from bankruptcy.”
* British political leaders scramble for the next step in their first hung Parliament in a generation.
* Supreme Court scuttlebutt kicked into high gear today. Expect an announcement by Monday. Rumors still point to Solicitor General Elana Kagan as the frontrunner to fill the vacancy.
* Cash for Caulkers rebates easily passed the House yesterday, 246-161.
* There was another bomb scare in Times Square this afternoon, but it was a false alarm.
* Sean Hannity thinks the Obama administration has ignored the flooding in Tennessee. Officials in Tennessee disagree. “I’ve never seen this kind of response,” said Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen (D), “and we’ve had our share of tornadoes and so forth.” I guess this isn’t “Obama’s Katrina” either?
* Spencer Ackerman reports on the Pentagon banning four accomplished journalists for publishing the classified name of an interrogator who testified before a military commission. The name was already in the public domain.
* Whit Ayres, a high-profile Republican pollster and co-founder of an outfit called “Resurgent Republic,” thinks his party should exploit fears of terrorism. Big surprise.
* Struggling to understand why the LA Times keeps Andrew Malcolm on the payroll.
* Aliou Niasse, who helped identify the car bomb in Times Square, reflects on what transpired last weekend, and the faith of the terrorist. “That’s not religion,” Niasse said. “Because the Islam religion is not terrorist. Because if I know this guy is Muslim, he do that, if I know that, I’m going to catch him before he run away.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.