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

* As expected, the global-gag rule is no more, at least until there’s another Republican in the White House.

* The U.S. bombing campaign against al Qaeda leadership in Pakistan continued today, and among those killed may be a leading al Qaeda member.

* Just think, the stimulus package could be a whole lot smaller, if only Republicans had agreed to address the crisis last fall.

* Senate Republicans are blocking Labor Secretary-designate Hilda Solis, too.

* Have I mentioned how thrilled I am about the new team at the Justice Department? It keeps getting better.

* There’s something deeply wrong with Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).

* Visitors have been denied access to the top of the Statue of Liberty since 9/11, but the Obama administration apparently intends to open the monument back up.

* Just how many people showed up for Obama’s inauguration? It looks like officials are going with 1.8 million, which would easily set a record for presidential events.

* Good piece on “Get Afghanistan Right.”

* It won’t literally be a State of the Union address, but Obama will deliver its equivalent sometime in February.

* Republican Joseph Bruno, the former Majority Leader of the New York State Senate, was indicted today on eight counts of public corruption.

* Bush “burrowers” are going to be a problem for years.

* I’d heard that Obama got testy with a reporter during a friendly visit to the White House briefing room, but I’ve watched the video. If that’s Obama annoyed, it’s pretty mild.

* Impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is refusing to partake in the Senate trial against him.

* And speaking of Blagojevich, he believes his arrest is analogous to the attacks on Pearl Harbor. There’s something wrong with that guy.

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.