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

* Wall Street started 2009 on the right foot, with all three of the major indexes closing up 3% or more.

* Is an Israeli ground offensive in Gaza the next move?

* U.S handed over control of the Green Zone to Iraqi control yesterday, with minimal fanfare. Among those who didn’t show up: the U.S. ambassador, the head of U.S. forces in Iraq, and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

* U.S. manufacturing has hit its lowest level in 28 years.

* Flying While Muslim continues to be problematic.

* I wonder how many temper tantrums John Cornyn will throw before Al Franken takes the oath of office.

* Roland Burris is a respected figure in Illinois, but his background is not without controversy.

* The “future grave” he built for himself is also kind of odd.

* Former Sen. Claiborne Pell (D) of Rhode Island died yesterday at age 90. The New York Times described him as “the most formidable politician in Rhode Island history.” What’s more, I know I’m not the only one who was able to afford college thanks to his signature policy initiative: Pell Grants.

* It’s hard to imagine TPM without Greg Sargent, but it sounds like Greg has an amazing opportunity lined up at the Washington Post. I wish him the best of luck in the new gig.

* On a related note, congrats to Marc Lynch on the new gig at Foreign Policy.

* Corporate sponsorship of college bowl games has driven Jonathan Chait to Marxism.

* There’s reason for skepticism about the new Military Times poll.

* It’ll be a while until they’re on the road, but Toyota is reportedly working on a solar-powered car. I’m glad someone is.

* Powerful Republicans in D.C. will be fleeing the capital for “an extended holiday vacation” during the Obama inauguration. They will, however, return.

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.