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

* The Dow rose 250 points today in light trading, but it was still a spectacularly bad week on Wall Street.

* With arguments that deny reason, reality, and common sense, Fox News personalities are blaming the market declines on Obama.

* Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) agreed today to relinquish his chairmanship of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Given the power of the committee, particularly in the midst of an economic crisis, Byrd did the honorable thing by giving up his gavel.

* It looks like Reid is prepared to let the Democratic caucus decide Lieberman’s fate.

* Obama may yet pick up one more electoral vote, this time from Nebraska.

* Remember when Russia said its brief war with Georgia was the result of Georgian aggression? They may not have been lying.

* Voting turnout in the 2008 election may not have been quite as good as first believed, but Democratic turnout was still huge.

* Obama improved on Kerry’s numbers in 46 of 50 states. (The exceptions were Alaska, Arizona Arkansas, Louisiana, and Tennessee.)

* We still have a ways to go on the racial reconciliation front. This is truly sickening.

* If you haven’t yet read the story of former White House butler Eugene Allen, I hope you’ll take a moment to do so. Don’t skip the ending.

* Lederman for OLC? Sounds like a good idea to me.

* It sounds like these documentary filmmakers got some amazing access to Obama. I’m glad I get HBO.

* I don’t think it’s too early to conclude that the strange people at National Review’s “The Corner” already have an acute case of Obama Derangement Syndrome.

* On a related note, Michael Goldfarb will make his not-so-triumphant return to the Weekly Standard.

* And finally, it’s only the first week in November, but don’t worry, Bill O’Reilly is already thinking about the “war on Christmas.”

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.