Tuesday’s Mini-Report

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Tuesday's Mini-Report
Tuesday's Mini-Report

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* The face of a man who enjoys a good science fair.

 

* Reaching a three-year high: “The number of jobs waiting to be filled rose in December as employers tried to ramp up hiring in factories, retail and business services, the government said on Tuesday.”

* The latest news on consumer credit looks encouraging, too.

* Greece’s future remains murky, at best, but there’s evidence of relative optimism.

* Sanctions are having a significant impact: “Iranian buyers have defaulted on payments for about 200,000 tons of rice from their top supplier India, exporters and rice millers said on Tuesday, a sign of the mounting pressure on Tehran from a new wave of Western sanctions.”

* A new tally from the AP shows at least 1,769 members of the U.S. military have died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion in late 2001.

* Still unhappy in the Palmetto State: “The U.S. Justice Department was wrong to block South Carolina from requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification to vote, the state’s top prosecutor argued in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.”

* It took several years, but Congress passed a long-term funding bill for the FAA yesterday. It’s likely to get President Obama’s signature, despite criticisms of the bill from organized labor.

* Not too long ago, most of the world’s democracies used the U.S. Constitution as a model for their own systems of government. That’s no longer the case.

* Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) may not understand “religious freedom” as well as he thinks he does.

* Hmm: “Jack Abramoff hinted Monday that he knows of still more skeletons that are buried on Capitol Hill, but he’s not saying where.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Tuesday's Mini-Report

Updated