Friday’s Mini-Report

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

* The good news is the Dow finished up about 144 points for the day. The bad news is the Dow lost 14% of its value for the month, making October 2008 among the worst on record.

* Al Gore returns to the scene of the crime.

* If you missed it, Rachel Maddow’s interview with Obama was excellent, and went beyond the predictable questions that dominate typical candidate interviews. Take a look.

* When Liddy Dole falls in a ditch, she keeps digging.

* According to House Minority Leader John Boehner, Bush’s Justice Department is biased … against Republicans. (One day, at some point in the distant future, congressional Republicans will find and choose sensible leaders. I’m genuinely looking forward to it.)

* For those Americans making under $100,000, and most do, Obama’s tax cut is clearly bigger than McCain’s.

* Even now, Palin won’t say if she’ll vote for convicted felon Ted Stevens.

* Under the circumstances, I think it’s fair to describe Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) as “scandal-plagued.”

* Bill O’Reilly is a legend in his own mind.

* Fivethirtyeight has an interesting photo montage of McCain campaign field offices.

* Depending on how things go next week, we’re likely to hear a lot more from a guy named Josh Segall, who’s running in Alabama’s 3rd congressional district.

* Drudge’s influence really has waned.

* Bill Kristol bites the hand that feeds, blasting his employer, the New York Times.

* Obama is drawing a lot of support from newspaper editorial boards.

* Obama is drawing even more support from college newspaper editorial boards.

* And finally, it’s with sadness that I note the death of the legendary Louis “Studs” Terkel, who passed away today at his Chicago home. He was 96.

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.