Wednesday’s Mini-Report

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

* Flooding crisis in Pakistan: “Shortages of the most basic supplies — shelter, food and drinking water — presented the biggest challenge for aid workers in Pakistan, the United Nations said Wednesday. Aid organizations and the United Nations itself have expressed alarm that the plight of millions of Pakistanis flooded from their land has yet to strike a sufficiently sympathetic nerve among donors — neither governments nor the general public — with aid trickling in far more slowly than needed.”

* Satellite images: Pakistan before and after the flooding.

* Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) was facing 24 criminal counts, but was convicted yesterday on just one. On others, however, the jury was split 11 to 1, and federal prosecutors are likely to try again.

* One of the largest IPO’s in American history: “General Motors filed paperwork on Wednesday to become a public company again and let the federal government begin selling down its stake in the carmaker.”

* President Obama reminded folks today that Social Security is “not in crisis,” and won’t be privatized on his watch.

* He also doesn’t regret his stated support for First Amendment principles.

* Massey: “Government investigators have cited Massey Energy for failing to report more than 20 accidents at its Upper Big Branch coal mine in the two years before an April explosion killed 29 miners there, according to documents released by the Mine Safety and Health Administration on Tuesday.”

* I don’t know what’s gotten into Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) lately, but just a few weeks ago, he said there’s “no question” that Elizabeth Warren is “qualified” to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Now, he’s taking a very different position.

* The right hyperventilated a bit today, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) does not want an investigation into conservative critics of the Park51 community center.

* Former Bush administration Solicitor General Ted Olson, a 9/11 widower and an attorney best known for arguing on behalf of Republicans in Bush v. Gore, thinks Obama “was probably right” to support religious liberty on the Park51 matter.

* Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) has a reputation for being one of the more shamelessly anti-Muslim members of Congress, and even he thinks Newt Gingrich went too far with his Nazi comparisons.

* Note, however, that the increasingly despicable Karl Rove is making similarly vile comparisons.

* Why not have a debate about student-loan forgiveness?

* Is the DISCLOSE Act dead? Not quite yet.

* One can always tell when former half-term Gov. Sarah Palin (R) writes her own tweets — they’re the ones with made-up words.

* Do we really need another Sunday public affairs show? Probably not, but we’re getting one anyway.

* For nerds (like me) only: Wil Wheaton quits w00tstock in the most amusing way possible.

Update: I almost forgot to mention that I had an op-ed in the New York Daily News today, on the consequences of rewarding a radicalized political party. Be sure to check it out.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.