Today’s edition of quick hits:
* As the crisis in Syria intensifies, msnbc ran this report this afternoon:
* A deal for a new bailout in Greece is not yet complete, but Prime Ninister Lucas Papademos is reportedly close to finishing an agreement.
* Congressional Republicans are so committed to pretending to be outraged about contraception coverage they’re pushing legislative remedies.
* There is some irony to the conservative push: we learned today that teen-pregnancy rates have reached a 30-year low, thanks in large part to access to contraceptives.
* In a 254-173 vote, the House passed a Republican plan for a line-item veto today, 13 years after the Supreme Court struck down a similar measure as unconstitutional. The bill’s future in the Senate is unclear.
* Good piece from Tim Noah on the effort to end the longstanding practice of indexing the baseline for discretionary spending to inflation.
* Only congressional Republicans can make Ben Bernanke look like a liberal.
* Remember Monty Python’s “every sperm is sacred”? It’s funny to think about how the principle can resonate in legislation.
* There’s really no need to rename the Gulf of Mexico the “Gulf of America.”
* I know the right apparently considers teleprompters to be awful, but it sure sounds as if Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) could use one.
* And so long as complaints continue about Clint Eastwood’s Super Bowl ad, go ahead and read E.J. Dionne’s worthwhile column on the subject.
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