Thursday’s Mini-Report


Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Mario Draghi makes everyone feel better for an afternoon: “The European Central Bank appears increasingly willing to throw around its weight in bond markets to hold down borrowing costs for Spain – or at least wants traders to worry that it will.”

* This is one hell of a drought.

* On a related note, the usually easy-to-pass Farm Bill is struggling in this Congress.

* The Violence Against Women Act isn’t having much luck, either.

* On the other hand, I’m glad to see the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is actually picking up some GOP support, despite right-wing opposition.

* After the Senate’s vote in support of President Obama’s tax plan yesterday, the House will apparently vote on the same plan next week, at which point House Republicans will almost certainly reject it as being insufficiently generous to the wealthy.

* For the record, continuously featuring businesses that rely on government to thrive is a lousy way to prove businesses don’t need the government to thrive.

* In an unusual twist, South Carolina Republicans are thrilled with President Obama – over his administration’s use of tax dollars in public infrastructure, no less.

* I’m glad to see Garry Trudeau tackle GOP voter-suppression tactics and introduce a new character: Jimmy Crow.

* And as Brian Kilmeade helped demonstrate, Republicans are not yet done condemning Obama for agreeing with Republican governors on welfare policy. Amazing.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Thursday's Mini-Report