Tuesday’s Mini-Report

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

* John Durham, the special prosecutor in this case, has a good reputation, but this is not what I expected: “A federal prosecutor will not bring criminal charges against any of the Central Intelligence Agency officers involved in destroying videotapes depicting the brutal interrogation of Al Qaeda detainees, the Justice Department said on Tuesday…. Jose A. Rodriguez, the former head of the agency’s clandestine service, ordered his staff in November 2005 to destroy tapes of the interrogations of Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri.”

* Middle East peace process: “President Obama expressed concern Tuesday over the flagging Middle East peace process he helped inaugurate two months ago, as Israel announced plans for new building on land that Palestinians claim as the capital of their future state. Asked at a news conference here about the Israeli government’s new plans to build 1,300 apartments in East Jerusalem, Obama said: ‘This kind of activity is never helpful when it comes to peace negotiations.'”

* I really hope there’s a good explanation for this: “A mysterious missile launch off the southern California coast was caught by CBS affiliate KCBS’s cameras Monday night, and officials are staying tight-lipped over the nature of the projectile.”

* This seems at least somewhat encouraging: “The nation’s economic stress fell in September to a 16-month low, thanks to more hiring in New England, fewer foreclosures in the mid-Atlantic and declining bankruptcy filings in the Southeast, according to The Associated Press’ monthly analysis of conditions around the country.” (thanks to T.K. for the tip)

* I don’t blame her for trying: “Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) is trying to negotiate an end to the race between Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.) and Majority Whip James Clyburn (S.C.) for Minority Whip, a senior Democratic aide confirmed Tuesday.”

* Andy Sabl does a very effective job of taking the organization Third Way to task, and reminds us of the group’s president’s interesting past.

* Oliver Willis knows how to shut down a stupid argument on Twitter.

* I’m glad to see the “What the F*#k has Obama Done So Far” website gain widespread fame so quickly.

* America’s for-profit colleges have a new strategy: Republican alliances.

* The biggest problem with Matt Lauer’s prime-time interview with George W. Bush? No one watched. NBC preempted “Chuck” for this?

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.