Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Greece was supposed to accept the Eurozone deal. It didn’t: “The Greek government was plunged into chaos on Tuesday, as lawmakers rebelled against Prime Minister George Papandreou’s surprise call for a popular referendum on a new debt deal with Greece’s foreign lenders.” Since the referendum would fail, international anxiety is rising quickly.
* On a related note, Greece’s Papandreou government may very well fall after failing a no-confidence vote later this week.
* That doesn’t sound good: “MF Global, headed by former New Jersey Senator and Goldman Sachs CEO Jon Corzine, filed for bankruptcy yesterday, but reports that $700 million is missing has spooked creditors and others on Wall Street.”
* Libyan rebels still don’t agree with one another, making a national military a tall order: “Haytham al-Obeidi said there were tensions between fighters from eastern Libya, where army officers such as his father defected en masse, and those from the west, many of them irregulars who took on Gaddafi’s military, risking torture and death.”
* Another good move from the Obama administration: “The Justice Department sent a letter to school districts in Alabama on Tuesday reminding them that they can’t deny a child access to public education due to his or her immigration status.”
* Interesting piece, by way of reader D.K.: “Private equity firms are investing in chains of used-car lots, and auto loans are being packaged into securities much like subprime mortgages. They’re attracted by the industry’s average profit of 38% for each car sold.”
* Issa should find this fascinating, right? “A high-ranking Justice Department official was ‘stunned’ when he learned in 2010 that agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) allowed weapons to ‘walk’ across the Mexican border during the Bush administration, according to recently disclosed documents.”
* In the latest move in the “We Can’t Wait” campaign, the White House is designating Virginia’s Ft. Monroe a national monument, a move intended to create jobs in the area.
* I’m always glad to see items like these: “It’s under fire for backing now-bankrupt Solyndra, but the government has a long history of investing in cutting-edge technology. Without it, many products we can’t live without may not have been developed.” The list includes the Internet, the microchip, and GPS technology.
* And a county Republican group in Virginia thought it’d be fun, as part of a Halloween email, to show a zombie President Obama with a bullet hole in his head. The image is drawing widespread criticism, even from the state GOP.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.