Thursday’s Mini-Report


Today’s edition of quick hits:

* By an overwhelming margin, the United Nations General Assembly condemned Syria this afternoon. The resolution, however, was nonbinding.

* According to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, “initial three-way talks between the United States, Afghanistan and the Taliban have begun.”

* Marriage equality has now been approved by both chambers of the New Jersey legislature. Gov. Chris Christie (R) will veto the proposal anyway.

* Attempted terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was sentenced today to multiple life sentences.

* The Obama White House’s budget won’t pass, but if it did, it’d likely create 1.5 million new jobs in 2012.

* Affordable Care Act expands preventive-services access to an additional 54 million Americans.

* The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has its eyes on debt collectors and credit bureaus.

* The fact that the Federal Reserve is still considering “major new action to boost the economy” is heartening.

* Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) sees safety-net measure as an “insidious form of slavery.” What a strange man.

* Fox News’ Eric Bolling urged Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) to “step away from the crack pipe.” He later said he was “kidding.”

* And by way of John Cole, here’s New Hampshire state Rep. Jeanine Notter (R) arguing, in all seriousness, that birth control pills can cause prostate cancer. (Hint: this is unintentionally amusing because women don’t have prostates.)

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Thursday's Mini-Report