Today’s edition of quick hits:
* A step in the right direction, but not enough: “In the span of less than an hour on Thursday, China’s central bank and the European Central Bank cut interest rates and the Bank of England stepped up its economic stimulus program.”
* President Obama’s bus tour was in Ohio today, where he urged voters to break the economic “stalemate” between the two parties in Washington.
* Challenging China: “The United States filed a trade complaint against China on Thursday for new duties it imposed on American-made cars and trucks.”
* On a related note, American auto sales are on track for the best year since 2007.
* Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission report: “The nuclear accident at Fukushima was a preventable disaster rooted in government-industry collusion and the worst conformist conventions of Japanese culture, a parliamentary inquiry concluded on Thursday.”
* A reasonable belief: “Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano this week linked climate change with the wildfires hitting Colorado. Napolitano said ‘there’s a pattern here’ as she noted the summer wildfires as well as the East Coast heat wave and the high-velocity winds that whipped through the mid-Atlantic late last week.”
* Richard Cordray is doing good work: “Over the next six months, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a newly formed regulator vilified by the right, intends to overhaul the home mortgage market as a first step toward improving its fairness and clarity.”
* A library succeeds where a Wal-Mart failed.
* Rush Limbaugh said the country “went downhill” after “women got the right to vote.” He then said he was joking. Hmm.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.