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.

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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.