Friday’s Mini-Report

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

* Egypt: “After a day of increasingly violent protests throughout Egypt, President Hosni Mubarak ordered the military into the streets to reinforce police struggling to contain one of the most serious challenges to his long and autocratic rule. The president also imposed an overnight curfew nationwide, but fighting continued on the streets of Cairo, the capital, and smoke from fires blanketed one of the city’s main streets along the Nile. The ruling party’s offices were in flames at nightfall and Reuters reported looting at the burning complex.”

* As I’m getting ready to publish this, Mubarak is on Egyptian television, and he’s actually taking credit for the protests and the freedoms enjoyed the protestors. In other words, he’s spewing madness.

* In case you’re wondering, the treasures in Cairo’s Egyptian Museum, home to a huge number of priceless antiquities, are safe for now.

* Afghanistan: “A bomb blast Friday at a Kabul supermarket that’s popular with foreigners killed at least eight people, including three foreign nationals, police and witnesses said. The Taliban immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, and said it was directed at the head of a U.S. security contractor that’s operating in Afghanistan.”

* Mark Doms scrutinizes the latest domestic GDP numbers, and finds plenty to be encouraged by.

* Another nut makes violent threats targeting the office of a congressional Democrat. This time, the target was Rep. Joe Donnelly’s (D-Ind.) office. The nut was arrested by the FBI and faces federal criminal charges.

* Congressional Republicans seem to think they understand the debt issues in Ireland and Britain. They really don’t.

* Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) realizes filibuster reform is dead, at least for a long while, in the Senate, but he still hopes to make progress through the courts. (For the record, I think it’s highly unlikely the courts would even agree to hear the case — the judiciary won’t want to weigh in on how a legislative branch shapes its rules.)

* The Washington Post op-ed page has published some doozies, but today’s piece arguing for President Obama to pardon Tom DeLay was surprisingly ridiculous.

* The Wall Street Journal‘s James Taranto is still arguing that liberal women hate Sarah Palin because she’s a “threat to their sexual identity.” I thought it was dumb enough when he put it in print last week, but now he’s repeated the line on national television.

* Has anyone ever had a worse memory than disgraced former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales? It’s like the guy suffered some kind of head trauma.

* Apparently, today’s college freshmen are so stressed, they’re just “overmedicated, tightly-wound balls of tension and fear.”

* Bill O’Reilly thinks it’s wrong to compare American political opponents to Nazis — unless he finds his American political opponents offensive, in which case it’s fine. He may want to think through this argument a little more, though it’s unlikely he’ll do so.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.