Wednesday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Syria: “The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday endorsed international emissary Kofi Annan’s diplomatic plan to stop violence in Syria, crack open the door to humanitarian relief and prod the Syrian government and opposition into talks on a political settlement.”

* Heartening story out of the Granite State: “New Hampshire lawmakers have rejected a bill that would have made their state the first to repeal a gay marriage law through legislation.”

* Housing market: “Home sales fell in February, but upward revisions to the prior month’s pace and the first yearly increase in prices in 15 months pointed to steady improvement in the housing market.”

* High court, Part I: “Criminal defendants have a constitutional right to effective lawyers during plea negotiations, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday in a pair of 5-to-4 decisions.”

* High court, Part II: “By a 5-to-4 vote that split along ideological lines, the Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that state workers may not sue their employers for money for violating a part of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.”

* High court, Part III: “At a pair of Supreme Court arguments on Tuesday, the justices returned to the question of what the Constitution has to say about harsh sentences imposed on juvenile offenders.”

* Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) took aim yesterday at the private student-loan industry, “calling for new rules that would allow educational debts to be wiped away during bankruptcy.”

* Paul Krugman has two questions about Paul Ryan: “[A]re people finally willing to concede that Ryan is not now and has never been remotely serious? And … are they going to do a bit of soul-searching over how they got snookered by this obvious charlatan?”

* If you check out EtchASketchMittRomney.com on a iPhone, shake it and see what happens. Clever idea.

* And Rick Santorum seized on the story of the day at an appearance in Louisiana earlier today with remarks that even my liberal ears thought were pitch perfect.

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Wednesday's Mini-Report

Updated