Friday’s Mini-Report


Today’s edition of quick hits:

* President Obama clarified this afternoon that the economy “is not doing fine.”

* U.N. monitors in Syria investigating a massacre “reached the site of the reported atrocity on Friday after troops and government supporters had blocked the visit for more than 24 hours, and journalists traveling with the monitor team said they saw chilling evidence of bloody multiple killings but no bodies.”

* Iran: “After a brief spurt of optimism, impetus toward resolving the nuclear dispute with Iran slowed further on Friday as senior inspectors from the United Nations nuclear watchdog said they made “no progress” toward gaining access to restricted sites they suspect of being used to test potential triggers for nuclear warheads.”

* Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is still offering compromises to prevent interest rates on student loans from doubling.

* Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) believes the ineffectiveness of the Bush-era tax breaks is a reason to extend the Bush-era tax breaks.

* At least the farm bill enjoys bipartisan support.

* Four decades later, Nixon was even worse than Woodward and Bernstein thought.

* Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) wants to know why Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) “hates the country so much.”

* Remember the faster-than-light particle? It wasn’t faster than light.

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Friday's Mini-Report