THURSDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* I’ll believe it when the checks arrive: “Oil giant BP, under mounting pressure to meet its obligations in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, has agreed to implement a more transparent and expedited claims process to pay individuals and businesses harmed by the disaster, U.S. officials said Thursday.”
* Is BP doing enough to protect the health of workers fighting the oil spill in the Gulf? Probably not.
* President Obama spent about an hour today with the families of those killed if the Deepwater Horizon explosion.
* House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) is still working out his argument when it comes to taxpayers being on the hook for the disaster in the Gulf.
* Afghanistan: “A suicide bomb ripped through a wedding party for a family with ties to police in the Taliban’s heartland in Afghanistan, killing at least 40 people and wounding dozens more, officials said Thursday.”
* Things aren’t going as well as we hoped in Kandahar, and Gen. McChrystal wants more time.
* New applications for unemployment benefits — still too high.
* After recent events in Arkansas, at least the White House seems to realize it needs to mend some fences with labor.
* The conference committee on Wall Street reform got to work today.
* GOP lawmakers in Tennessee tried to pass measures to block the Affordable Care Act at the state level. They failed. (thanks to reader P.A. for the tip)
* A college degree is hardly a guarantee when it comes to staying out of poverty.
* The press conference on the Hill today on mohair subsidies went surprisingly badly for Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). Put it this way: it’s a bad sign when members of Congress leave a press conference bleeding.
* If it’s all right with Politico, I’d prefer we skip the discussion over what White House officials are wearing.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.