FRIDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:

* The investigation into Sarah Palin’s alleged abuse-of-power is now on a fast-track, and will be completed three weeks earlier than scheduled.

* Due to “unique political circumstances,” Alaskan lawmakers will not subpoena Palin directly. I’m confused — if she vowed to cooperate, and then stopped cooperating, why back off, simply because she’s seeking national office?

* Palin aides, however, will face subpoenas.

* Republicans apparently had a little trouble telling the difference between Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood, California.

* The television ratings for McCain’s convention speech were even better than Obama’s.

* Coming up in September: a vote on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which McCain opposes.

* The McCain campaign keeps using artists’ songs without permission. The artists are not at all happy about it.

* When he wants to, McCain pulls off remorse very well.

* If the media’s so liberal, why did the networks give the Republican convention more airtime than the Democratic convention?

* Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) makes a renewed push to regain his title as Congress’ Most Ridiculous Member.

* Last night, someone held up a sign that read “Mavrick” right around the same time McCain was talking about adult literacy. Too funny.

* Obama vs. O’Reilly, round one.

* The story about Palin, eBay, and the gubernatorial jet has already been distorted.

* And if you haven’t seen NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell get completely engulfed by balloons at the Republican convention last night, take a look. It’s pretty hilarious.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.