Friday’s Mini-Report

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

* U.S. markets were all over the map today, but closed this afternoon with slight gains.

* The White House is moving forward with a rescue plan for the automakers. Congressional Republicans aren’t happy about it.

* The fundraising controversies surrounding Norm Coleman got a little more serious today.

* Speaking of Coleman, the Republican senator is asking the state Supreme Court to stop the counting of wrongly-rejected absentee ballots.

* The downturn in the price of oil isn’t doing any favors for Iran, and Iranian economists and businessmen expect crashing prices to “ravage the country’s economy.”

* Robin Toner, the first woman to be the national political correspondent of the New York Times, died today after a lengthy battle with colon cancer. She was 54.

* James Steinberg, the deputy national security adviser under Bill Clinton, and a foreign policy adviser to the Obama campaign, will be Deputy Secretary of State under Hillary Clinton.

* Another sign of the times: the Detroit Free Press is expected to announce that it will limit home delivery to just three days a week to help cut costs.

* The Abramoff scandal has claimed yet another victim.

* Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) really should learn to speak a lot less.

* Sean Hannity questioned Jon Stewart’s intelligence. Seriously.

* Hillary Clinton supporters in New York are raising questions about Caroline Kennedy as a possible replacement because Kennedy supported Obama in the Democratic primaries. (HRC is going to be Obama’s Secretary of State. Maybe now Dems can stop keeping track of who endorsed whom a year ago?)

* Glenn Beck may not be very bright, but he does have a sense of humor.

* And I know it’s a little too late, but if the Supreme Court wanted to revisit Bush vs. Gore, it’d be all right with me.

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.