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

* A rare good week on Wall Street. There’s no reason to assume it’ll last, but I’d forgotten what these looked like.

* China is apparently “worried” about the value of the dollar.

* Republicans on the Hill are complaining about Christopher Hill, President Obama’s choice to be the next U.S. ambassador to Iraq. The White House is pushing back.

* The White House enjoyed last night’s “Daily Show.”

* MSNBC producers were less impressed — the network has been discouraged from covering the Cramer-Stewart discussion.

* Obama’s chief economic adviser, Larry Summers, had some very interesting things to say this morning during a speech at the Brookings Institution.

* Vivek Kundra is taking a leave of absence from the administration. Probably a good idea.

* A Supreme Court vacancy “soon“?

* The Birthers’ nonsense reaches Congress.

* Ever get the feeling that Shep Smith is a little ashamed of Fox News? I do.

* It sounds like Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has some explaining to do.

* Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas (R) has tried to position himself as Obama’s stimulus buddy. It would go better if Douglas paid more attention to the details of governing.

* Conservative columnists do love their Nazi comparisons, don’t they?

* Wile hypocrisy among Republican lawmakers on earmarks is amusing, it’s especially funny when Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) does it.

* And finally, remember Sen. David Vitter’s (R-La.) airport tantrum? Apparently, the incident is now the subject of a Transportation Security Administration preliminary investigation. I, for one, can’t wait for the security-camera footage to go public.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

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