Wednesday’s Mini-Report


Today’s edition of quick hits:

* A very long day for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Capitol Hill, where she faced the exact same questions from congressional Republicans, over and over again, about a Benghazi attack they still hope to exploit for partisan gain.

* Allen cleared: “A Defense Department inquiry into potentially inappropriate e-mails between Gen. John R. Allen, the American commander in Afghanistan, and a socialite in Tampa, Fla., has cleared him of wrongdoing, senior Pentagon officials disclosed Tuesday.”

* Since Allen did nothing wrong, his NATO nomination will advance: “The White House said Wednesday that it would move forward with the nomination of Gen. John R. Allen as the top NATO commander now that he has been cleared of wrongdoing.”

* Iraq: “A crowded tent full of Turkmen funeral mourners in northern Iraq was transformed into a mass killing ground on Wednesday by a suicide bombing that left at least 35 people dead and 117 wounded, regional officials and tribal leaders said, calling it a genocidal attack meant to further stoke the already-inflamed sectarian tensions in the country.”

* I get the feeling Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is a few fries short of a happy meal: “After the hearing, Johnson complained to Buzzfeed that Clinton had planned to become emotional as a way to avoid answering questions:”

* The precarious fate of filibuster reform: “Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), a leading liberal, said Wednesday Democrats do not have enough votes to implement the talking-filibuster reform.”

* True: “If USA Today pulled the plug because it was dissatisfied with Gallup’s polling, then the paper made a wise move.”

* U.S. oil production grew more in 2012 than in any year since the Civil War. That’s astounding.

* In his latest outburst, Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) argued that while he’s vowed to “support and defend our Constitution,” President Obama “upholds … the Soviet constitution.” In related news, Paul Broun is a deeply odd man.

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Wednesday's Mini-Report