Thursday’s Mini-Report

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* How did Gadhafi die? “[W]hen Gaddafi was walked out of the culvert to a truck, a firefight broke out between revolutionaries and Gaddafi’s security detail, and Gaddafi was shot in his right arm, Jibril said. When the truck started moving, ‘they came under intense crossfire,’ and Gaddafi was struck in the head, he said. ‘That was the deadly shot,’ Jibril said.”

* Europe: “Germany and France, still at odds over a plan for a more forceful response to the sovereign debt crisis, on Thursday put off a decision-making summit meeting for several days amid signs that the complexities of European politics may preclude the kind of all-encompassing resolution that markets crave.”

* Greece: “Greece’s parliament passed tough new austerity measures Thursday amid violent protests and major strikes in Athens.”

* Pakistan: “An unusually powerful American delegation arrived here Thursday and, according to a senior American official, intended to warn Pakistan that the United States would act unilaterally if necessary to attack extremists groups who use the country as a haven to kill Americans.”

* Better, but still too high: “New claims for unemployment benefits fell last week and a gauge of labor market trends hit a six-month low, a government report showed on Thursday, pointing to an improvement in the jobs market.”

* Jobs for vets: “Trying to help veterans find work when they return home from war, and bolster his appeal to that constituency, President Obama announced a partnership with companies on Wednesday that aims to employ 25,000 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and military spouses within two years. ”

* Andrew Sullivan: “To rid the world of Osama bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki and Moammar Qaddafi within six months: if Obama were a Republican, he’d be on Mount Rushmore by now.”

* Scary: “The FBI and U.S. Capitol Police are investigating an online threat made against Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-Ill.) that offered a $75,000 reward for his assassination. The FBI and Capitol Police also are investigating a similarly worded online threat against President Obama and his family and several other lawmakers.”

* Americans’ student loan debt is set to reach $1 trillion this year. “Such outstanding debt acts as a huge drag on the economy since it eats up so much of college graduates’ disposable income.”

* The FBI has been operating under a ridiculously archaic definition of rape for far too long.

* Mike Lofgren, a former congressional Republican staffer, generated quite a stir last month announcing his departure from the “cult.” This week, he has a great piece for the Monthly on myths surrounding millionaires.

* Shouldn’t Daily Caller staffers have been embarrassed even before last month’s EPA fiasco?

* A fascinating look at a secret report in 2000, pondering the end of the U.S. debt.

* CNN’s Anderson Cooper corrected his debate mistake. Good for him.

* No, right-wing activists, a Twitter hashtag is not a swastika. Seriously, are conservatives taking crazy pills or something?

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

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