Friday’s Mini-Report

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

* Congress rushed the bailout bill to the White House this afternoon, and the president signed it into law.

* The markets had another lousy day anyway.

* Soon after, the House adjourned for the year.

* The Palins were scheduled to release some of their recent tax returns on Monday. Instead, they picked today — late on a Friday afternoon, the day after a debate, the afternoon of a massive bailout package becoming law. What a coincidence.

* Republicans asked an Alaskan judge to block the rest of the investigation into Palin’s abuse of power scandal, also known as “Troopergate.” The judge denied the request yesterday, and we should get a report on the probe a week from today.

* Last night, Palin said McCain supports a measure to allow bankruptcy courts to adjust the principal on mortgages. McCain actually opposes the measure.

* Ted Stevens’ felony trial will continue, as the judge in the case declined to dismiss the charges or to declare a mistrial.

* California was relying on short-term loans to finance the state government, but in light of credit crunch, there are no short-term loans. Schwarzenegger told the Treasury Department yesterday that he needs $7 billion.

* Oddly enough, Charles Krauthammer believes Obama has passed the Reagan-in-’80 credibility test, and will become president.

* Amazingly enough, Palin can now think of all kinds of Supreme Court rulings she disagrees with. You don’t suppose someone prepped her on the subject, do you?

* What’s more, Palin can name newspapers and magazines she reads, too.

* You caught Bill O’Reilly’s latest on-air meltdown, right? This time, the target is Barney Frank.

* Palin will skip the Sunday morning shows again. Who could have guessed?

* If flag pins become the standard used by voters, John McCain is in trouble.

* And finally, “The Simpsons” tackles electronic voting machines as only it can.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

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Steve Benen

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.