Tuesday’s Mini-Report

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* At least 63 dead in brutal attacks in Afghanistan: “A Pakistan-based extremist group claimed responsibility for a series of coordinated attacks aimed at Afghan Shiites on Tuesday, in what many feared was an attempt to further destabilize Afghanistan by adding a new dimension of strife to a country that, though battered by a decade of war, has been free of sectarian conflict.”

* Europe: “Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner threw his weight on Tuesday behind a Franco-German plan to tackle the euro zone’s sovereign debt crisis and said the European Central Bank had to play a major role in any solution.”

* President Obama delivered a pretty amazing speech in Kansas today; I’ll have a report on this in the morning.

* U.S. drone in Iranian hands: “The radar-evading drone that crash-landed over the weekend in Iran was on a mission for the CIA, according to a senior U.S. official, raising fears that the aircraft’s sophisticated technology could be exploited by Tehran or shared with other American rivals.”

* The plaintiff in the case against the Affordable Care Act “may no longer have the standing to sue.” Something to keep an eye on.

* Remember Halliburton? “BP has accused Halliburton of destroying damaging evidence about the quality of its cement slurry that went into drilling the oil well that blew out last year and caused the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.”

* I love this case: “The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether Secret Service agents protecting Vice President Dick Cheney may be sued for violating the free speech rights of a member of the public who made critical remarks about the Bush administration’s war policies.”

* Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) approval rating is down to an astounding 26%. That’s about where Richard Nixon’s support stood when he resigned.

* Even David Brooks knows federal regulations “are not tanking the economy.”

* Remember that right-wing conspiracy theory about the White House forcing Ford to pull a commercial? In case it wasn’t already obvious how foolish this was, Ford’s CEO knocked down the theory on Fox News this morning.

* The White House is eager to cut college costs, but “as long as colleges can charge students tuition, and as long as it’s standard for students to go into debt to pay that tuition, there’s no incentive for colleges make any serious effort to cut costs.”

* And it looks as if Fox’s Eric Bolling believes “The Muppets” are part of a liberal agenda to “brainwash” children with an anti-corporate message. His paranoia at least gets points for creativity.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.