Friday’s Mini-Report

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

* Another rough day on Wall Street, with the Dow falling over 300 points.

* Bush voted for McCain today.

* Did New Mexico Republicans hire a private investigator to intimidate minority voters? Zachary Roth and Adam Serwer have the story.

* It wasn’t too long ago that McCain was quite the socialist.

* He also used to pal around with Chilean dictators.

* The New York city council cleared the way for Michael Bloomberg to seek a third term as mayor.

* Republicans lose another round in court: “The Indiana Supreme Court has declined to approve a bid by the GOP to shut down early voting centers in Democratic strongholds of a key county.”

* I’m beginning to think that when it comes to responsible use of limited resources, AIG maybe, just maybe, is a little on the unreliable side.

* Joe Wurzelbacher is thinking about running for Congress. Seriously.

* Right-wing personalities still can’t quite give up on the whole Obama birth-certificate thing. How very sad.

* I thought the story surrounding Rep. Tim Mahoney’s (D-Fla.) scandals couldn’t get any worse. I stand corrected.

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.