WEDNESDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* It’s hard not to feel good about the successful rescue efforts in Chile. As of now, 23 are free, and there are 10 more to go.
* Crafting a response to the foreclosure debacle: “Federal regulators on Wednesday urged the nation’s lenders to verify that paperwork filed as part of the foreclosure process was properly reviewed and to file new documents if problems are found.”
* ThinkProgress follows up on its previous reporting, noting today that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce received at least $885,000 from over 80 foreign companies in disclosed donations.
* House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) is so confident about the outcome of the midterms, he’s already starting to make promises to members about valuable committee assignments.
* Ordinarily, the departure of a city’s public schools’ chief wouldn’t necessarily be national news, but the departure of D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee is a unique case.
* Michael Cohen is back from Afghanistan. He reflects on what he saw as an elections monitor.
* It’s hard to believe the extent to which right-wing groups have dominated the airwaves in the hopes of buying the elections: “FEC filings show they’ve spent almost $2.7 million on TV ads. The advertising data we reviewed suggests the nation’s leading pro-gun group has aired 1,822 ads across four Senate races. All told, these ten groups have now aired 60,052 ads since the beginning of August.”
* Congrats to Annie Lowery as she makes the transition from the Washington Independent to Slate.
* Not sure what to make of this: “Apparently in the wake of the success of The Social Network, the movie about Facebook’s early days, filmmaker Wes Jones is now working on a movie about Karl Rove’s time in college. Yup, Karl Rove.”
* Glenn Beck wonders whether Donald Duck is a government-funded propaganda tool.
* And through her House Tea Party Caucus, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) intends to teach a class to incoming congressional freshman, to help protect against what she described as “huge, bureaucratic, large, big government.” It should be quite a course.
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