FRIDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Not awful, but not quite the results we were hoping for, either: “The federal pointman for the BP oil spill says results are short of ideal in the new cap but the oil will stay shut in for another 6 hours at least. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said on a Friday afternoon conference pressure readings from the cap have not reached the level that would show there are no other leaks in the well.”
* Maybe now the Fed can stop worrying about inflation? Please? “We aren’t technically in a period of deflation yet, as core inflation continues to remain positive. But last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said this morning, the United States experienced the third straight month of technical deflation, with the price of consumer goods falling 0.1 percent.”
* Public support for the U.S. policy in Afghanistan is not only faltering, it’s reaching new lows.
* It was the warmest June on record. If only 60 senators cared. (thanks to R.K. for the tip)
* American soldier suicides: “Soldiers killed themselves at the rate of one per day in June making it the worst month on record for Army suicides, the service said Thursday.”
* Bybee speaks: “A former Bush Justice Department official who approved brutal interrogation methods by the C.I.A. has told Congress that he never authorized several other rough tactics reportedly inflicted on terrorism suspects — including prolonged shackling to a ceiling and repeated beatings.”
* Argentina joins the fairly small group of countries that have embraced marriage equality. It’s the first country, however, to do so in Latin America.
* One of the standard GOP talking points on tax rates for the wealthy is to express concern for small businesses. Don’t believe it.
* Ta-Nehisi Coates on the dispute between Tea Partiers and the NAACP.
* Chris Hayes on the similarities between the argument on deficit reduction and the argument to sell the war in Iraq.
* Wouldn’t Elizabeth Warren be a fine choice to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Board?
* Community colleges may be hot, but they’re really going to have to pick up their game.
* Apparently, an aide to former one-term Gov. Mitt Romney (R) had some unkind words about former half-term Gov. Sarah Palin (R). A Palin aide talked to Politico, which published my favorite sentence of the day: “‘For Washington consultants to sit around and personally disparage the Governor anonymously to reporters is unfortunate and counterproductive and frankly immature,’ the aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity, continued.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.