Monday’s Mini-Report


Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Eurozone: “European Union and French officials squared off against Germany on Monday over how best to help Spain’s ailing banks, drawing lines in the debate over the latest challenge to the euro zone.”

* Syria: Syrian President Bashar Assad has said that his country is engaged in a ‘real war’ with outside forces and denied any role in the Houla massacre, which he said was carried by ‘monsters.’”

* Mubarak’s fate: “An Egyptian judge on Saturday sentenced former President Hosni Mubarak to life in prison for the killing of unarmed demonstrators during the first six days of protests that ended his rule.” The news was not seen as just by protesters in Tahrir Square.

* Zimmerman: “Six weeks after being released from jail on bond, George Zimmerman, who is facing second-degree murder charges in the death of Trayvon Martin, is back behind bars.”

* The White House is still trying to rally support for the Paycheck Fairness Act, but does it have a shot in the Senate? More on this in the morning.

* In his new column, E.J. Dionne Jr. noted, “Forgive me for noting that conservatives seem to believe that the rich will work harder if we give them more, and the poor will work harder if we give them less.” I wish I’d written that one.

* Remember Herman Cain? As far-right radio host Neal Boortz gives up his syndicated talk show early next year, the failed Republican presidential candidate will take over the program. One can only imagine the words of wisdom listeners will hear from Cain on a daily basis.

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Monday's Mini-Report