TUESDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Libya: “Forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi seemed to be gathering momentum as they renewed their onslaught on both the eastern and western fronts on Tuesday, threatening the western city of Zawiyah and conducting airstrikes here in the east after taunting rebels with flyovers and bombing runs near this coastal city’s oil refinery.”
* Pakistan: “A car bomb exploded near an office of Pakistan’s main intelligence agency in the eastern city of Faisalabad on Tuesday, killing 25 people in the type of militant attack that is growing more common in the country’s populous heartland.”
* Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will replace John Huntsman as the U.S. Ambassador to China: “Locke is the first Chinese-American to be Secretary of Commerce. The former two-term governor of Washington state, Locke’s father and maternal grandfather emigrated from China to Seattle. As a partner in the Seattle office of the international law firm, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Locke co-chaired the firm’s China practice.”
* Are Wisconsin Republicans getting worn down from the fight with unions? Maybe.
* In fact, the number of Wisconsin Republicans reconsidering their support for Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) anti-union scheme is growing.
* New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is now picking a fight with state police and firefighters, characterizing them as “greedy” and unconcerned with “the betterment of the public.”
* I can’t speak to the veracity of the video, but it looks like James O’Keefe caught a former NPR development official — not a reporter or an editor — saying intemperate political things. There’s not much NPR can do about it now; the guy has already left the network. [Correction: It appears that the NPR exec in question is on his way out the door, but doesn’t start in his new gig for a few more weeks. NPR put him on administrative leave today.]
* Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) thinks the banking crisis was caused by too much government oversight. The man is practically a caricature of himself.
* Disgraced former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) wants a U.S. war with Libya immediately. That’s an extraordinarily bad idea.
* What a strange man: “[Former President George W. Bush] spoke at the Desert Town Hall speaker series in Southern California yesterday and banned all media from covering the event. The former president even barred representatives from two of the events’ sponsors, a local CBS affiliate and The Desert Sun, who were scheduled to moderate the question and answer period.”
* You know who really loves Rep. Pete King’s (R-N.Y.) anti-Muslim hearings? Fox News.
* International Women’s Day: “2011 marks the 100-year anniversary of International Women’s Day. The annual holiday has roots in the American Women’s Suffrage Movement and is now celebrated by individuals, organizations and nations around the world. International Women’s Day is a time to honor women and raise awareness about the unique obstacles they face around the world. This year’s theme is ‘Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women.'”
* Paul Krugman regularly reads only a handful of blogs. Mine is one of them. It’s hard to overstate how cool I think that is.
* And finally, if Alan Simpson would just stop talking — about any and all subjects — I’d certainly appreciate it.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.