FRIDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Libya: “Military forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, who have surrounded [Misurata] and vowed to crush its anti-Qaddafi rebellion, have been firing into residential neighborhoods with heavy weapons, including cluster bombs that have been banned by much of the world and ground-to-ground rockets, according to the accounts of witnesses and survivors and physical evidence on the ground.”
* Afghanistan: “A suicide bomber in a police uniform assassinated the provincial police chief in Kandahar on Friday afternoon, the latest in a series of high-profile killings of government officials in the southern city, according to Afghan officials.”
* A couple of tidbits of good economic news: “The Federal Reserve reported that U.S. factories increased production for the ninth straight month. Separately, the Labor Department said consumer prices rose just 0.1 percent last month excluding food and gas prices. That’s lower than the 0.2 percent increase economists were expecting.”
* Apparently, when President Obama is speaking privately to supporters, and he doesn’t think anyone else is listening, he says pretty much the same things he says in public.
* This Taxpayer Receipt idea is actually pretty good.
* On a related note, a lot of Americans don’t want to hear this, but by industrialized international standards, taxes in the United States are quite low.
* Late yesterday, the latest in a series of Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood failed.
* Fox News inexplicably ran a story that seemed to link an Obama speech at George Washington University with a student suicide the same day. The Republican network pulled the story today after a request from the university.
* Gen. Stanley McChrystal will serve on a White House commission on military families. Pat Tillman’s mother is urging his removal from the panel.
* GOP policy on the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay: “For Republicans, Gitmo is now the fictional Chateau d’If: Everyone there is guilty, and no one held at Gitmo should ever be allowed to leave.”
* True: “You don’t win the future by cutting back on your physical infrastructure out of fear of taxing pollution. Just saying.”
* And after Republicans dragged Walgreens into their culture war, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is now using LensCrafters’ name. The company apparently doesn’t appreciate it, and noted that the right-wing lawmaker is “using our name without our knowledge or permission.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.