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

* The federal government effectively took control of AIG last night.

* Investors weren’t impressed — the market fell 450 points today.

* That’s quite an attack: “Attackers armed with automatic weapons, rocket-propelled grenades and at least one suicide car bomb assaulted the U.S. Embassy in the Yemeni capital on Wednesday. Sixteen people were killed, including six assailants, officials said.”

* The House passed a new energy bill last night, which includes expanded coastal drilling opportunities.

* Happy Constitution Day.

* In case you needed a reminder, Michael Kinsley explains, once again, that Democratic presidents really are better for the economy than Republican presidents. He’s got charts to prove it.

* The White House was asked today whether the fundamentals of the economy are strong. The president’s press secretary didn’t want to answer the question.

* Palin defended McCain’s “verbiage” on Fox News.

* The hack of Palin’s email account appears to be legit.

* As a rule, McCain’s rhetoric shouldn’t sound like Herbert Hoover’s.

* There’s a renewed interest in McCain’s medical records.

* CNN’s Alex Castellanos really doesn’t seem to understand Daily Kos and MoveOn.org.

* Dan Quayle thinks liberals are afraid of “effective conservatives” like Sarah Palin — and Dan Quayle.

* Mitt Romney’s hypocrisy knows no bounds.

* The Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus notices that John McCain has been lying an awful lot.

* Welcome back, Brian Beutler. I know I’m not the only one who missed you.

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.