THURSDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* In Egypt, Vice President Omar Suleiman “called on protesters to end their demonstrations and stop listening to foreign media reports on the unrest in the country.” This isn’t going to work. Call it a hunch.
* Pakistan: A suicide bomber linked to the Pakistani Taliban attacked soldiers during morning exercises at an army training camp in the northwest Thursday, killing 31 troops and wounding 42 others.
* That’s more like it: “New applications for regular state unemployment-insurance benefits fell 36,000 to a seasonally adjusted 383,000 in the week ended Feb. 5, hitting the lowest level since July of 2008, the Labor Department reported Thursday. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected an initial-claims level of 410,000.”
* I’m always glad to hear Obama talk about infrastructure: “Declaring that ‘we can’t expect tomorrow’s economy to take root using yesterday’s infrastructure,’ President Obama traveled to this snowbound town in a remote corner of Michigan on Thursday to make the case that expanding wireless access is critical to the nation’s economic recovery.”
* On a related note, though Republicans don’t care, European and Asian nations are speeding ahead on high-speed rail networks.
* This bears watching: “On Wednesday, Pakistani TV news aired what is apparently video of Pakistani police interrogating Raymond Davis, the American who allegedly shot and killed two men in Lahore, Pakistan last month, and whose continued detention has touched off a diplomatic crisis.”
* CNN sure does hire a lot of conservatives. Its latest move includes hiring local Tea Party leader and radio talk show host Dana Loesch to appear as an on-air political analyst. (We already have a Fox News; we don’t need another.)
* Honoring Nathan Bedford Forrest on Mississippi license plates strikes me as spectacularly offensive.
* Watching Frank Luntz’s latest focus group on Fox News is likely to be give me nightmares for a while.
* Tort-reform Republicans are running into trouble from Tenther Republicans. Oh how I wish the GOP had more grown-ups.
* No, congressional Republicans, Medicaid is not bad for those who rely on it.
* Charging college students extra for earning extra college credits seems like a very bad idea .
* I don’t think the State of the Union was written with Twitter in mind, but it’s an interesting idea.
* Glenn Beck wants you to “Remember the Alamo,” which he thinks was about “Mexican independence.” I know he’s beyond fact-checking, but did no one on this staff stop to think, “Wait, that doesn’t sound right”?
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.