Thursday’s Mini-Report


Today’s edition of quick hits:

* What Karzai wants: “President Hamid Karzai demanded Thursday that the United States pull back from combat outposts and confine its troops to military bases in Afghanistan, an apparent response to Sunday’s shooting rampage by a U.S. staff sergeant.”

* The security breach during Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s visit to Afghanistan was “much more serious than officials first reported, saying that an Afghan man tried to ram a stolen truck into a group of VIPs who were waiting to greet Panetta just moments after his plane landed at a military base.”

* For the first time, the Dow closed above 13,000, the S&P 500 closed above 1,400, and the Nasdaq closed above 3,000, all on the same day. Socialism, indeed.

* Reuters reports that the U.S. and the U.K. will cooperate “on a release of strategic oil stocks that is expected within months.” The White House has denied the accuracy of the report.

* Mitt Romney said this morning that Fox News is “pretty fair and balanced.” I don’t think he was kidding.

* As a rule, a journalist shouldn’t try to blackmail sources into giving him or her a quote.

* The right has been reduced to going after Sandra Fluke’s boyfriend.

* Laura mentioned earlier that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) defended a mandatory-ultrasound proposal in the state as no big deal, even though it would require a screen be pointed at the woman during the procedure, because, “You just have to close your eyes.” The video helps reinforce just how ridiculous the comment was.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Thursday's Mini-Report