Wednesday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Hamas feels that the cease fire announced today marks “a victory,” but there’s still skepticism as to whether the cease fire will hold.

* Burma: “Little noticed in the warm glow of President Barack Obama’s landmark visit to Myanmar was a significant concession that could shed light on whether that nation’s powerful military pursued a clandestine nuclear weapons program, possibly with North Korea’s help.”

* At this point in the larger debate, Republicans condemning the Obama administration on Benghazi have literally nothing left. Every charge has been addressed; every conspiracy theory has been debunked.

* Joe Klein on John McCain: “[H]e’s now a political caricature, severely debilitated by anger and envy. His trigger-happy foreign policy beliefs have always been questionable, but this Benghazi crusade has put in the weird circle inhabited by nutcases and conspiracy theorists like Michele Bachmann and Allen West. He should honor the memory of those who lost their lives that terrible night by putting a cork in his disgraceful behavior immediately.”

* This should be a no-brainer: “No prescription or doctor’s exam needed: The nation’s largest group of obstetricians and gynecologists says birth control pills should be sold over the counter, like condoms.”

* As far as the White House is concerned, the Affordable Care Act is not “on the table” when it comes to debt-reduction talks.

* I’ve seen some good post-election takedowns, but Jon Chait’s response to John Podhoretz’s 2012 analysis is a brutal gem.

* A big drop: “U.S. abortions fell 5 percent during the Great Recession in the biggest one-year decrease in at least a decade, according to government figures released Wednesday.”

* It kind of amazes me to see Republican media figures still arguing that the auto-industry rescue “hasn’t worked out well.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Wednesday's Mini-Report

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