Wednesday’s Mini-Report


Today’s edition of quick hits:

* The latest step in a larger farce: “A House committee voted Wednesday along party lines to cite Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt…. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 23-17 to favorably report a contempt resolution against Holder to the full House, which could take up the resolution and vote to advance it. “

* Afghanistan: “A suicide bomber killed 21 people including three U.S. soldiers at a checkpoint in a packed market in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday – the third assault targeting Americans in as many days.”

* Who won in Egyptian elections? Stay tuned.

* Something resembling progress in Greece, where officials “ushered in a new government on Wednesday that will put it back at Europe’s bargaining table, ending a seven-week leadership vacuum that had destabilized this already fragile nation and cast a shadow over the euro zone’s future.”

* A case worth watching: “The Supreme Court could give Citizens United a second look this month as it decides whether to take up a lawsuit against the state of Montana, which wants its century-old state law restricting corporate influence in elections to stay in place.”

* To put it mildly, the Romney campaign does not want to talk about immigration policy – at least not today.

* Drone arithmetic: “Last month, a ‘senior administration official’ said the number of civilians killed in drone strikes in Pakistan under President Obama is in the ‘single digits.’ But last year ‘U.S. officials’ said drones in Pakistan killed about 30 civilians in just a yearlong stretch under Obama. Both claims can’t be true.”

* And I’m delighted to see The American Prospect, which was on the verge of closing up shop, will survive. (Full disclosure: I blogged for the Prospect in 2006, and have written a few article for the magazine since.)

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Wednesday's Mini-Report