Tuesday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Isaac is now a Category 1 hurricane, and it appears to be headed in New Orleans’ direction. The storm is expected to make landfall overnight.

* Some RNC drama: “Mitt Romney’s supporters passed new rules governing future primaries over the loud boos of Ron Paul supporters and other conservative activists who had objected to what they said was a power grab by the party’s establishment leaders.”

* Good call: “A panel of federal judges threw out Texas redistricting plans Tuesday saying the state failed to show the new political lines would not discriminate against minorities under the Voting Rights Act.”

* As if it weren’t bad enough that Romney used Ohio coalminers as a prop, those same workers were required to attend the campaign event and forced to give up a day’s pay.

* Akin won’t shut up: “Rep. Todd Akin’s campaign says Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is putting a petty personal grudge ahead of the party’s interest in winning the Missouri Senate seat.”

* Senior Romney adviser Ron Kaufman said this morning that, as far as he’s concerned, the Republican presidential nominee “is the Tea Party movement.” I suspect Tea Partiers might disagree.

* My friends at the Washington Monthly have released their 2012 College Rankings. I may be biased – I worked at the Monthly for four years, but I consider these rankings the only ones that matter.

* The new photos from the Mars Curiosity Rover are truly extraordinary.

* And for reasons I don’t understand, Bill O’Reilly has decided it’s his turn to take cheap shots at Sandra Fluke.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Tuesday's Mini-Report

Updated