Tuesday’s Mini-Report


Today’s edition of quick hits:

* With NATO sending American-made air defenses to Turkey’s Syrian border, the Assad regime is increasingly in an unsustainable position.

* Egypt: “Egyptian riot police fired tear gas Tuesday night at tens of thousands of demonstrators who were converging on the presidential palace here in Cairo to protest the country’s new draft constitution, which was rushed to completion last week by an assembly dominated by Islamists.”

* Iran claims to have captured an American drone, but U.S. officials are denying it, saying that all American drones are accounted for.

* What do Senate Republicans think of the one-sided House Republican debt-reduction plan? It’s hard to say; Senate GOP leaders apparently don’t want to talk about it. President Obama, meanwhile, has no qualms about criticizing the proposal.

* It’s not official yet, but multiple reports suggest Sen.-Elect Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will get a seat on the Senate Banking Committee in the new year.

* The measure will need some Republican signatories to advance: “House Democrats on Tuesday filed a discharge petition that would force the House to vote on the Senate’s bill to extend the Bush-era tax levels for the middle class, but allow rates to rise for the wealthy.”

* Darden Restaurants, which owns Olive Garden and Red Lobster, said it intends to cut workers’ hours so it won’t have to provide them with health insurance coverage, and it’s now facing a public-relations backlash.

* One of these days, conservatives will realize ACORN no longer exists, and is incapable of stealing elections.

* On a related note, is it possible to have an opinion on an imaginary debt-reduction plan? For one-in-four Americans, the answer is apparently yes.

* And the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple has some rather blunt thoughts on Fox News’ political outreach to David Petraeus, urging him to run for president as a Republican before his sex scandal.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Tuesday's Mini-Report