FRIDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) left Arizona today, arriving in Houston to begin treatment at a renowned rehabilitation facility.
* Jeffrey Immelt, GE’s chairman and chief executive, will replace Paul Volcker as the head of the White House’ outside panel of economic advisers.
* At the event in Schenectady, N.Y., at which Immelt was introduced, President Obama emphasized that “putting the economy into overdrive” is his top priority.
* Tunisia: “Tunisia’s prime minister pledged Friday to quit politics after elections that he says will be held as soon as possible, amid protests by citizens still angry at officials linked to their deposed president’s regime.”
* The latest right-wing chain email related to health care reform purports to have been written by a judge, and includes “page citations” to make it appear more reliable. As is the case with all right-wing chain emails related to health care reform, the contents are completely wrong.
* On a related note, the Republicans’ new favorite ACA argument — that the law only reduces the deficit because it features 10 years of taxes for six years of benefits — really is completely wrong. Why Krauthammer isn’t asked to run a correction is a mystery to me.
* If the House Republican Study Committee’s proposed budget cuts were somehow approved, it’s hard to overstate how much damage it would do to the public.
* Here’s a gem of a question: Who raised government spending faster, George W. Bush working with a Republican Congress, or President Obama working with a Democratic Congress? (Here’s a hint: conservatives won’t care for the answer.)
* Will technological advancements make colleges better? It seems unlikely.
* I knew sales of music albums had reached extremely low levels. I didn’t realize things had gotten this bad.
* Yesterday was the two year anniversary of President Obama’s inauguration, and Organizing for America put together a “Promises Kept” report. It’s a reminder that a whole lot got done over the last couple of years.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.