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

* Is there a bailout deal? That depends on which faction you’re listening to.

* Job numbers, home sales, and factory orders are all quickly going in the wrong direction.

* John McCain may not have time for a debate tomorrow night, but he has time to talk to ABC, NBC, and CBS tonight.

* Sarah Palin appeared to be campaigning at Ground Zero in New York today, but afterwards, was willing to field a couple of questions from reporters. That’s a first.

* In general, the pundits were thoroughly unimpressed with the McCain campaign’s “suspension” gimmick.

* Alaskans seem to believe Joe Biden is better qualified for the vice presidency than Sarah Palin. That’s obviously the case, but I kind of thought Palin’s home-state supporters would come to a different conclusion.

* Bernie Sanders 1, Larry Kudlow 0.

* How did the administration settle on $700 billion for the bailout? A Treasury spokesperson said, “We just wanted to choose a really large number.”

* Looking at history, presidential candidates have campaigned during plenty of crises.

* Former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill, commenting on the Wall Street crisis, said he doesn’t think the president “understands or knows much about any of this and it shows.” O’Neill did, however, express his confidence in Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.

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.