FRIDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Wall Street didn’t respond well to the latest unemployment numbers.
* The U.N. call for a ceasefire in Gaza was quickly ignored by both Israel and Hamas.
* Obama introduced the rest of his national security team today, including Leon Panetta at the CIA.
* Dick Durbin said the Senate won’t seat Roland Burris unless his appointment is certified by the Illinois Secretary of State, independent of what the state Supreme Court says.
* Speaking of alleged corruption, did you see the charges facing Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon?
* A win for White House transparency. A little late in the game, though.
* Kudos to the House for easily passing both the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and Paycheck Fairness Act today.
* Hilda Solis’ confirmation hearings for the Department of Labor began today. Apparently, Republicans don’t care for EFCA. What a surprise.
* The transition team isn’t prepared to say quite yet whether it’ll appoint a special prosecutor to investigate alleged Bush Administration crimes, but it did concede today that Obama will get rid of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
* Gen. David Petraeus thinks we may want to engage Iran diplomatically as part of a new approach to policy towards Afghanistan.
* Begich and Lieberman are fighting over ANWR.
* Fox News considers some pretty radical people to be “experts.”
* It looks like the Seattle Post-Intelligencer is in deep trouble.
* It looks like the Politicker network is no more. It closed sites for 11 states last month, and closed New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania today.
* The college football season is over, but the president-elect is more convinced than ever in the need of a playoff system. After congratulating the Florida, Obama said, “If I’m Utah, or if I’m USC or if I’m Texas, I might still have some quibbles. That’s why we need a playoff.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.