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January 18, 2011

TUESDAY'S MINI-REPORT.... Today's edition of quick hits:

* Deadly attack in Iraq: "A suicide bomber wearing a vest packed with explosives and ball bearings attacked Iraqi police recruits on Tuesday in Saddam Hussein's hometown, killing up to 60 and wounding over 100, officials said."

* More fractured government in Tunisia: "Five or more ministers from opposition parties resigned from Tunisia's unity government on Tuesday, bowing to a wave of street protests against the cabinet's domination by members of the ousted president's ruling party and putting mounting pressure on his prime minister, Mohammed Ghannouchi, to resign as well."

* In Haiti, former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier was charged today with corruption, theft, misappropriation of funds, and assorted other felonies. Why he was allowed to step foot on Haitian soil last week still isn't clear.

* That's a pretty big quake: "A major 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked a remote area of southwestern Pakistan early Wednesday, shaking many parts of the country and causing widespread panic, said meteorologists."

* The Supreme Court announced today it will not hear a challenge to D.C.'s marriage equality law. The move allows the law to remain in place.

* President Obama moved forward today on a new review of existing federal regulations, intended to identify "excessive, inconsistent, and redundant" measures that might interfere with the economy.

* FCC: "The proposed combination of Comcast and NBC Universal was approved by the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department on Tuesday, smoothing the way for the deal to close by the end of January."

* R.I.P, Sargent Shriver.

* Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in D.C. today for an official U.S. state visit.

* House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), still fuzzy on the consequences of his own policies, is inclined to play games with the federal debt limit.

* In a bit of a surprise, Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) supports reinstatement of the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004.

* I get the sense the Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin is on a bit of a losing streak.

* Have I mentioned lately that economic growth makes a big difference in reducing the deficit? It does.

* It's one thing to say higher ed needs a new funding model; it's something else to actually come up with one.

* And finally, the "Sarah Palin Battle Hymn," set to the tune of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," is among the scariest things I've seen in a long while.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Steve Benen 5:30 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (31)

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Sad to see Sargent Shriver go. If ever a man deserved to be called a mensch, it was Sargent Shriver. Bless him.

Posted by: fostert on January 18, 2011 at 5:54 PM | PERMALINK

It is the duty of all good Americans to view the Sarah Palin Battle Hymn video. To miss out on this opportunity means you don't love your country.

Posted by: danimal on January 18, 2011 at 6:00 PM | PERMALINK

Why Duvalier thought he could get away going back to Haiti is beyond me.

Posted by: GlenInBrooklyn on January 18, 2011 at 6:03 PM | PERMALINK

According to the NYT, Joe Lieberman is calling it quits in 2012.

Posted by: AK Liberal on January 18, 2011 at 6:12 PM | PERMALINK

danimal is right. Everyone should see that video. If nothing else, it makes for a great weight loss program. If that doesn't make you puke up your lunch, I don't know what will. Ipecac has nothing on that video.

Posted by: fostert on January 18, 2011 at 6:14 PM | PERMALINK

wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Battle_Hymn_of_the_Republic
"The Battle Hymn of the Republic" is a hymn by American writer Julia Ward Howe using the music from the abolitionist song "John Brown's Body".

John Brown (May 9, 1800 - December 2, 1859) was a revolutionary abolitionist from the United States, who advocated and practiced armed insurrection as a means to abolish slavery for good
wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Brown_(abolitionist)

Posted by: Kill Bill on January 18, 2011 at 6:14 PM | PERMALINK

I promise nor to read too much into the Supreme Court's non-intervention ... Nevertheless every little bit helps.

Now, if we can only get the Repubs to accept HEALTH CARE EQUALITY.

HEALTH CARE EQUALITY
HEALTH CARE EQUALITY

NOW!

Posted by: KurtRex1453 on January 18, 2011 at 6:18 PM | PERMALINK

The Peace Corps...a fitting memorial for Sargent Shriver. He and his wife helped millions of people. "The good people do lives on after them."

Posted by: Athena on January 18, 2011 at 6:19 PM | PERMALINK

How did Rubin get hired by the Post?

Posted by: Holmes on January 18, 2011 at 6:24 PM | PERMALINK

Why give SP one ounce of energy? Ooops, I just did, but only used initials.

Posted by: st john on January 18, 2011 at 6:36 PM | PERMALINK

* I get the sense the Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin is on a bit of a losing streak. -- Steve Benen

It was quite obvious from the start, that *this* "spinning jenny" would not have the same impact on the world as the original one had.

Posted by: exlibra on January 18, 2011 at 7:15 PM | PERMALINK

the "Sarah Palin Battle Hymn," set to the tune of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic,"

That was one of the most beautiful ballads I've ever heard.
Truly, truly moving.........I don't ever cry.......but that display of patriotism by those real Americans....... reduced me to tears.

Thanks for sharing, Steve. I needed that.

Posted by: TeaBaggerSmith on January 18, 2011 at 7:33 PM | PERMALINK

"House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), still fuzzy on the consequences of his own policies, is inclined to play games with the federal debt limit."

Tucson has put the fear of God into Republicans; now they have to double down on the crazy.

Posted by: bob h on January 18, 2011 at 7:39 PM | PERMALINK

When some people rail against the government and that it's the problem and not the solution, think of Sargent Shriver and his commitment and life of public service.

Posted by: neil b on January 18, 2011 at 7:45 PM | PERMALINK

President Obama moved forward today on a new review of existing federal regulations, intended to identify ‘excessive, inconsistent, and redundant’ measures that might interfere with the economy.

Eh, how about a review to identify the LACK OF FEDERAL REGULATION that might interfere with the economy ?

Posted by: Joe Friday on January 18, 2011 at 8:27 PM | PERMALINK

"Jennifer Rubin's losing streak"?
Please, this is the Post. They've got George Will on the roster, and he's the Detroit Lions of Punditry. Rubin's desk is safe for DECADES.

Posted by: Steve Paradis on January 18, 2011 at 8:30 PM | PERMALINK

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), still fuzzy on the consequences of his own policies, is inclined to play games with the federal debt limit.

I still say the House Dems should walk out on the debt limit vote, and tell Speaker Blubber to get the votes from his own Republicans since they are now in the majority. Obama should say that it’s up to Speaker Blubber and the new Republican majority to send him a CLEAN increase in the debt limit to sign and it’s out of his hands until they do.

The Republicans will be in the box and held responsible if they once again prove they cannot govern.

Posted by: Joe Friday on January 18, 2011 at 8:57 PM | PERMALINK

"* President Obama moved forward today on a new review of existing federal regulations, intended to identify "excessive, inconsistent, and redundant" measures that might interfere with the economy."

Nice way to say the Great Capitulator is now parroting Republicancer talking points that regulation is holding back business.

Posted by: tko on January 18, 2011 at 9:04 PM | PERMALINK

Battle Hymn of Icepick Barbie,

I listened to that to try to shake the first half hour of Nine out of my mind.

Well done, Internet!

"She's a cold blast from the North!"

Posted by: cld on January 18, 2011 at 9:13 PM | PERMALINK

On Iraq:
"But shootings and bombings continue daily."
The Surge worked!

Posted by: hawiken on January 18, 2011 at 9:34 PM | PERMALINK

I agree with Joe Friday - it's time for the Democrats to show tthat two can play the brinkmanship game - no Dem votes for an increase in the debt ceiling until Boehner delivers half the Republican caucus without preconditions.

Wall Street has paid for these guys- if they are so worried about the debt ceiling, then they can put pressure on the Republicans.

Posted by: Rip on January 18, 2011 at 9:53 PM | PERMALINK

It's "set foot." Set foot.

Posted by: Daddy Love on January 18, 2011 at 10:16 PM | PERMALINK

"* President Obama moved forward today on a new review of existing federal regulations, intended to identify "excessive, inconsistent, and redundant" measures that might interfere with the economy."

Nice way to say the Great Capitulator is now parroting Republicancer talking points that regulation is holding back business.

Posted by: tko

another brilliant post tko. i'm glad someone here has the balls and the brains to stand up in favor of inefficiency and redundancy!

Posted by: mudwall jackson on January 18, 2011 at 10:35 PM | PERMALINK

That's a pretty big quake: "A major 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked a remote area of southwestern Pakistan early Wednesday, shaking many parts of the country and causing widespread panic, said meteorologists."

i wonder what a minor 7.2 magnitude earthquake would be like.

Posted by: mudwall jackson on January 18, 2011 at 10:40 PM | PERMALINK

Re: "More fractured government in Tunisia"
Steve,
Can you say rev-o-loo-shun?
Good.
Now can you say sec-u-lar rev-o-loo-shun?
Please see Juan Cole for more:
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/tunisian_revolution_shakes_inspires_middle_east_20110118/

Posted by: John Hauf on January 18, 2011 at 10:55 PM | PERMALINK

Economic growth coupled with Cutting federal spending (including defense) would reign in the deficit nicely!

Posted by: Dino on January 19, 2011 at 12:12 AM | PERMALINK

And finally, the "Sarah Palin Battle Hymn," set to the tune of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," is among the scariest things I've seen in a long while.

I'm struck by their utter sincerity. I'm pretty sure that the performers are representative of Palin's natural constituency.

Posted by: AK Liberal on January 19, 2011 at 12:37 AM | PERMALINK

Lugar isn't doing the Democrats any favors.

Gun control is a losing issue for Democrats. And with current court rulings, it's not effective public policy.

Posted by: Carl Nyberg on January 19, 2011 at 12:47 AM | PERMALINK

mudwall jackson on January 18, 2011 at 10:35 PM

And now we have the input of someone that actually believes the Republicancer talking points. All those nasty regulations seemed to have caused many companies to post record profits this past quarter.

Posted by: tko on January 19, 2011 at 6:40 AM | PERMALINK

Ironic how the same people who fetishize the Bible and the Ten Commandments seem utterly unable to resist Messianic worship of a charismatic leader. A few years ago they were teaching their children to wave their arms and speak in tongues in front of a cardboard idol of God's Chosen President. Now they sing hymns to another demagogue who's promised them in thinly veiled metaphors that she'll "get rid of" all those nasty people that they don't like.

Haven't we seen this movie before a few times? It didn't go well in a great many other countries, and probably won't in this one either.

Posted by: T-Rex on January 19, 2011 at 7:46 AM | PERMALINK

tko

believing that all regulation is good is as intellectually silly as believing all regulation is bad. if you can't see that, you're as blind as the average tea bagger.

Posted by: mudwall jackson on January 19, 2011 at 2:28 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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