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.

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.