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 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.