TUESDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Rebel forces struggling in Libya: “Forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi battered rebel fighters on the road outside this strategic oil town on Tuesday with rocket fire, mortars and artillery, driving them many miles to the north and leaving them in disarray.”
* Ivory Coast: “Ivory Coast’s strongman leader Laurent Gbagbo holed up in a bunker inside the presidential residence Tuesday, defiantly maintaining he won the election four months ago even as troops backing the internationally recognized winner encircled the home.”
* House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) thinks the government will shut down on Friday night. So do I.
* At least something can pass both chambers: “After a months-long battle, the Senate voted Tuesday, 87 to 12, to repeal the 1099 tax-reporting requirement in Democrats’ healthcare reform bill. The measure now goes to the president, who is expected to sign it, making it the first part of his party’s signature reform bill to be scrapped.”
* President Obama intends to veto any Republican efforts to invalidate net neutrality rules. I’m glad to hear it.
* I found this pretty amusing: “Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) wants to change the title of a bill that would permanently block Environmental Protection Agency climate regulations to the ‘Koch Brothers Appreciation Act,’ a reference to the billionaire brothers who are active in Republican politics.”
* I’m not sure who’s inclined to take Mark Penn’s suggestions for campaign strategies seriously, but I suspect he’ll keep offering advice anyway.
* Some crazy person attacked a Gauguin painting at the National Gallery of Art in Washington because she thought it promoted homosexuality.
* The religious right is now going after the American Cancer Society. For what it’s worth, ACS, at least you’re in good company.
* Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s (R) bizarre move to hide a labor-history mural may end up costing state taxpayers $60,000. Electing right-wing buffoons to be governor is never a good idea.
* The lie about Pell Grants, the “welfare of the 21st century.”
* House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) appeared on Glenn Beck’s radio show earlier. After welcoming him to the show, the host said, “I love you.” Ryan replied, “I love you, too.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.