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

* President Obama will lift Bush-era restrictions on stem-cell research on Monday. Good.

* Obama spoke in Columbus, Ohio, today, talking up his stimulus package. He appeared at the graduation ceremony for 25 police recruits who wouldn’t have been hired were it not for the economic recovery bill.

* Speaking of spending bills, Senate Republicans blocked a vote on the $410 billion omnibus spending measure last night, and Democrats couldn’t break the filibuster.

* Madoff may be ready to plead guilty.

* Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) is suspected of possible perjury.

* Is Chas Freeman going to make it onto the National Intelligence Council? At this point, I doubt it.

* Krugman takes apart the Bernanke-Geithner plan on creating a market for toxic assets.

* Dr. Sanjay Gupta has withdrawn from consideration as surgeon general. (No, Howard Dean apparently doesn’t want the job.)

* Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) has a problem with the stimulus package. Mississippi state lawmakers don’t. (h/t Blue Girl)

* Justice Ginsburg had a point to make to Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.). Good for her.

* Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman didn’t get everything he wanted from the federal appeals court.

* Conservative bloggers find the strangest things to write about.

* New Democratic phrase: “Leader Limbaugh.”

* Have you noticed how GOP claims of voter fraud always seem to fall apart?

* And CNN dropped D.L. Hughley’s Saturday night show — which I thought was pretty good — but he’ll stay on as a contributor for the network based in Los Angeles.

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.