Thursday’s Mini-Report


Today’s edition of quick hits:

* President Obama spoke earlier today on the newly-announced housing settlement with banks.

* For more on the new policy, I found pieces from Sarah Halzack and Sarah Kliff, Matt Yglesias, and Felix Salmon helpful. Also check out Greg Sargent’s interview with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D).

* Greek leaders have reached a tentative deal on new austerity measures in exchange for a bailout.

* Violence in Syria rages on.

* The House version of the STOCK Act passed with overwhelming support, but there are key differences between it and the Senate bill.

* Pentagon rules restricting women serving in combat roles are being eased.

* A thoughtful piece from Jonathan Cohn on the contraception fight, most notably on the distinction on ownership of health insurance. Read Gail Collins on this, too.

* When Gov. Chris Gregoire (D) signs marriage equality into law, the state of Washington will be the seventh in the nation to allow same-sex marriage, but only the third to do so without judicial intervention.

* In the latest “We Can’t Wait” initiative, the White House today announced a new measure on combating Alzheimer’s disease.

* I’ve always liked Jon Chait’s meanness.

* Europe really does make a lousy bogeyman for the right.

* Rick Santorum seems serious about this “guillotine” stuff. Odd.

* And for the record, teleprompter jokes aren’t funny, but they’re especially inane when they’re being read from teleprompters.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Thursday's Mini-Report