Tuesday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* The protests in Egypt’s Tahrir Square were quite a sight.

* More on the protests: “Thousands of people flowed into the streets of Cairo, the Egyptian capital, Tuesday afternoon for a day of protest against President Mohamed Morsi’s attempt to assert broad new powers for the duration of the country’s political transition, dismissing his efforts just the night before to reaffirm his deference to Egyptian law and courts.”

* There were multiple bomb threats targeting U.S. courthouses today, including calls in Tennessee: “Tennessee state officials were responding to a rash of bomb threats called in to county courthouses and government offices in 29 counties on Tuesday, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said.”

* Economy: “Consumer confidence rose to a four-and-a-half-year high in November as consumers became more optimistic about the outlook for the economy, according to a private sector report released on Tuesday.”

* Speaking of the economy, more than 2 million Americans are poised to lose federal jobless benefits, and there’s every reason to include this in the fiscal talks.

* Sens. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Kay Bailey (R-Texas), both of whom are retiring from Congress next month, have a new immigration bill. It doesn’t include a pathway to citizenship.

* Could Senate Republicans, in a fit of partisan spite, make the chamber even more dysfunctional? Probably.

* After yesterday’s on-air incident, Fox News is targeting Tom Ricks, including dubious claims that he apologized off the air – an apology the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism insists he did not make.

* I’m always pleased when the Congressional Research Service gets a little time in the public eye.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Tuesday's Mini-Report

Updated