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

* President Obama’s new policy for Afghanistan and Pakistan has been generally well received.

* Best wishes to everyone in Fargo, North Dakota, and the surrounding areas, where the Red River has swelled to 40 feet, threatening the dikes fortifying the city.

* Consumer spending went up in February?

* UPS is dropping its sponsorship of Bill O’Reilly. I’m inclined to reward good behavior.

* Sometimes, we get lucky and suicide bombers accidentally blow themselves up without hurting any innocent people.

* The DNC is milking the House Republicans’ “budget” for all it’s worth. I can’t say I blame them.

* And speaking of the House Republicans’ “budget,” meet Ian Dobbin.

* A new threat to the lives of U.S. troops is … poorly installed electrical wiring by Halliburton?

* Unemployment keeps getting worse in South Carolina. Unfortunately for those who are losing their jobs, they have a governor who opposes economic recovery efforts.

* Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), for reasons I can’t understand, may oppose EFCA, too.

* A growing number of Americans are just now starting to think the economy might be getting better.

* Good: “Jurors have acquitted one of the nation’s few late-term abortion providers of violating Kansas law requiring an independent second opinion for the procedure. Dr. George Tiller was found not guilty Friday of 19 misdemeanor charges stemming from some abortions he performed at his Wichita clinic in 2003.”

* Also good: “Pennsylvania’s highest court on Thursday overturned hundreds of juvenile convictions issued by a corrupt judge who took millions of dollars in kickbacks from youth detention centers.”

* Marriage equality advances in New Hampshire, but it’s prospects remain iffy.

* Spakovsky wins the Irony Award for the day.

* Tammy Bruce helps keep zombie lies going.

* I don’t think conservatives understand why Bush’s constant talk about 9/11 was problematic.

* It’s a shame to see the Christian Science Monitor wrap up its print edition.

* The Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program deserves to be extended.

* And finally, davenoon imagines what it’s like for CNN’s Ed Henry to visit a fast-food establishment. Hilarity ensues.

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.