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

* Despite threats from the Taliban, Afghans voted today in a national election. Vote-counting is underway.

* The Cash-for-Clunkers program will wrap up on Monday at 8 p.m.

* Scottish authorities freed Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the Libyan convicted in the Pan Am 103 bombing, today. The Obama administration was not pleased with the move.

* Speaker Pelosi believes the only way to pass health care reform in the House is to include a public option in the bill.

* In 2004, the CIA contracted with Blackwater to target al Qaeda operatives. The program was canceled before being implemented.

* American support for the war in Afghanistan continues to fall. A majority now see the conflict as not worth fighting, only one-in-four want to see more U.S. troops sent to the country.

* Confusion about health care reform among rank-and-file Republicans keeps getting worse.

* The conservative approach to health care reform in a nutshell: “Limbaugh tells caller who can’t afford $6,000 to treat broken wrist: ‘Well, you shouldn’t have broken your wrist.’”

* If Rick Scott insists on lying about reform, the least he could do is come up with more plausible nonsense.

* E.J. Dionne urges Americans attending public policy debates to leave their guns at home. That seems reasonable.

* Harold Meyerson explains why negotiating with Republicans on health care reform is folly.

* Media Matters documents the “myths and falsehoods about health care reform.” Clip and save.

* Corrupt-politician-turned-TV-dancer Tom DeLay wants Chris Matthews to ask the president to “show me his gift certificate.” Maybe the poor guy has spent a little too much time around bug spray?

* Michael J.W. Stickings weighs in with a hearty defense of Ontario’s health care system. (Hint: conservatives are wrong.)

* I have no idea why President Obama’s choice in neckwear, or lack thereof, is of any interest to anyone.

* I have no idea why the length of First Lady Michelle Obama’s pants is of any interest to anyone.

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.