THURSDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* The “top kill” efforts had to be temporarily halted this afternoon, but officials intend to re-start the pumping tonight. We won’t have a sense of the efficacy for a while, but there’s still a fair amount of optimism about the strategy.
* Tensions continue to rise around the Korean peninsula: “North Korea said on Thursday that it was cutting off a naval hot line used to prevent clashes on its disputed sea border with South Korea, while the South conducted a large naval drill in a show of force after the sinking of one of its warships.”
* The White House’s first formal National Security Strategy was released today.
* Are the votes there in the House to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”? Speaker Pelosi thinks so. We may see a vote tonight.
* New unemployment filings dropped by 14,000 last week. The numbers are — let’s all say it together — still far too high, and the modest drop was not as strong as expected.
* Germany may not fully appreciate what the regional economic crisis will do to Germany.
* First quarter GDP numbers were slightly lower than originally estimated.
* It’s just astounding that “more than 113 census takers have been the victims of assaults or attacks this month.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.