MONDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* On the streets of Cairo: “With Egypt’s revolt entering a third week, many parts of Cairo appeared to be resuming normal life on Monday: A.T.M.’s dispensed much-needed cash, shops and banks were staffed — though some kept their doors shut to customers — and the city’s drivers were snarled in a vast traffic jam…. Still, signs that the revolt had not ended were rife. Plans to reopen the stock exchange were postponed until Sunday. The army kept columns of armored personnel carriers patrolling the streets, and burnt-out vehicles remained in various squares.”
* Talks in Egypt progressed over the weekend: “The main Egyptian opposition groups eased up on their insistence that President Hosni Mubarak step down immediately, agreeing instead on Sunday to join in talks toward overhauling the country’s political system at a more gradual pace while Mubarak remains in office.” Mubarak’s newly appointed vice president, Omar Suleiman, led the talks, which included leaders from the banned Muslim Brotherhood movement.
* Following a successful independence referendum, Southern Sudan is poised to become the world’s newest country. The White House announced today it will recognize Southern Sudan as a sovereign, independent state in July.
* The votes are slated for tonight: “In what Senate Democrats are hoping is a sign of forthcoming comity around the politics of filling judicial vacancies, Republicans have agreed not to block the confirmation of three nominees who had been stalled in the last Congress.”
* President Obama takes his case to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, one of his most aggressive adversaries: “In his most overt effort yet to mend ties with the nation’s business community, President Obama on Monday pledged to make government an ally to companies as they emerge from the worst economic downturn in generations.”
* Effective today, the arms control treaty known as New START takes effect in the U.S. and Russia.
* Keith Olbermann will announce his next career move tomorrow. No one seems to have any idea what he’ll say.
* Former President George W. Bush was forced to cancel a planned trip to Switzerland, upon learning he might be arrested for human rights abuses upon his arrival. [Updated with revised link]
* Left with a dwindling budget and a tiny staff, it appears the Democratic Leadership Council will permanently close its doors, perhaps as early as next week.
* As part of the debate over the individual health care mandate, the new question du jour on the right is whether Americans could be forced to eat broccoli. Andrew Sabl considers whether this makes any sense.
* On a related note, Sabl also ponders the libertarian approach to budgeting, and comes away shaking his head.
* A significant trade mission to India gets underway this week.
* Why is college students’ emotional health the worst it’s been in 20 years?
* And finally, freshman Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) actually published this yesterday: “When I was a child, President Ronald Reagan was the nice man who gave us jelly beans when we visited the White House. I didn’t know then, but I know it now: The jelly beans were much more than a sweet treat that he gave out as gifts. They represented the uniqueness and greatness of America — each one different and special in its own way, but collectively they blended in harmony.” (Dear Hill staffers, do not let your bosses actually write their own op-eds.)
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