TUESDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* The deadliest attacks in Baghdad in months: “Insurgents unleashed a deadly series of coordinated attacks in Iraq’s capital on Tuesday night, setting off more than a dozen bombs and demonstrating their ability to upend the government’s measures to secure the country’s largest and most important city. At least 63 people were killed and more than 280 were wounded, government officials said.”
* The investigation into last week’s terrorist plot continues: “American intelligence officials in September intercepted several packages containing books, papers, CDs and other household items shipped to Chicago from Yemen and considered the possibility that the parcels might be a test run for a terrorist attack, two officials said Monday night.”
* BP’s bottom line: “BP lifted its estimate of the likely cost of its Gulf of Mexico oil spill to $40 billion on Tuesday, denting profits, but its underlying performance beat all expectations on higher refining margins and a lower tax rate.”
* I still have no idea what ABC News was thinking inviting Andrew Breitbart to help with its election coverage, but the fiasco came to an end this afternoon when the network un-invited the right-wing activist.
* While the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals considers the constitutionality of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the existing law will remain in place. (Of course, the Senate will still have a chance to put things right in the lame-duck session. We just need a couple of GOP votes to overcome the Republican filibuster.)
* GM continues to pay us back.
* Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, there’s been a big boost in the number of small businesses that are offering health coverage to their workers.
* It’s been that kind of year: “Rep. Tom Perriello’s Charlottesville, Va., office was vandalized last night — and the vandal posted a sign for the Democrat’s opponent, Republican Robert Hurt, outside the building.”
* If the election results go as expected, there will be “less money for things like Pell grants, education loans, and research funding.”
* Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) joins the “we can’t compromise” camp. What a guy.
* Author Curtis Sittenfeld explains why “still adores President Obama.”
* And finally, just a quick housekeeping note. I’m taking a break now to eat dinner and catch my breath, but I’ll be back at my desk in a bit and will be posting tonight as election results come in. See you then.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.