FRIDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* The Treasury Department unveiled a sketch of the administration’s plan to resolve the crisis on Wall Street. Henry Paulson told reporters, “We’re talking hundreds of billions. It needs to be big enough to make a difference and get at the heart of the problem.” I’ve seen some estimates that said the price tag might be much higher.
* Investors were delighted by the news, and the Dow jumped 369 points.
* There are at least a couple of lawmakers who are worried about what this might do to the federal budget, which is already a mess.
* It looks like the investigation into Sarah Palin’s “troopergate” scandal will be completed by Oct. 10, notwithstanding the Palin administration’s refusal to cooperate.
* House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers is all over alleged Republican voter-suppression tactics.
* The last 10 days have been less than kind to Palin’s favorability ratings.
* Remember the war in Iraq? Political progress remains elusive.
* It looks like disgraced former Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) won’t face criminal charges.
* How much is Palin willing to stray from the truth? She’s even given a misleading account of how she accepted McCain’s invitation to join the Republican ticket.
* It wasn’t too long ago that the right loved SEC Chairman Christopher Cox.
* Time’s Michael Scherer ran into a little trouble trying to defend McCain on Social Security.
* Scherer ran into some more trouble defending McCain’s record on alternative energy.
* The right, worked into a frenzy by a New York Post article, believes Obama privately urged Iraqi leaders to delay a security agreement with the Bush administration. Republicans in the room with Obama in Iraq have come forward to say the report and the attacks are completely wrong.
* By a narrow margin, Americans would rather watch football with Obama than McCain. Is this anything like the have-a-beer-with voting standard?
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.