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

* Our best wishes go out to those along the Texas coast this evening. Be safe.

* A car bomb in a crowded commercial district north of Baghdad killed at least 32 people today.

* More discouraging economic news — the price index for finished goods and consumer spending are headed in the wrong direction.

* Harry Reid said today it would be dangerous to elect a president “with a temperament prone to recklessness.” He’s right.

* McCain’s embarrassing admission last night that he finds it “easy” to be “divorced from the everyday challenges people have” did not go unnoticed by Barack Obama.

* The scandal surrounding Cindy McCain’s drug abuse is an even more sordid tale than previously believed.

* Even Orrin Hatch thinks the “lipstick on a pig” flap is absurd, calling the McCain/media creation “ridiculous,” and defending Obama.

* Planned Parenthood released what may be my favorite negative ad of the season. Why wouldn’t John McCain want to protect kids from sexual predators?

* Brave New PAC tackles the subject of the hour: McCain’s breathtaking dishonesty.

* Sarah Palin insisted last night that “many vice presidents” had never met a foreign head of state before taking office. At least as it applies to every VP of the last 32 years, Palin’s wrong.

* And why is the “Rachel Maddow Show” important? Because there isn’t another show in prime-time that told viewers about McCain spending his 70th birthday partying on an Italian con man’s yacht off the shore of Montenegro.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Steve Benen

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.