FRIDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Oh my: “A suicide bomber attacked a suspected nuclear-weapons site Friday in Pakistan, raising fears about the security of the nuclear arsenal, while two other terrorist blasts made it another bloody day in the country’s struggle against extremism.”
* A sign of things to come? “NATO defense ministers gave their broad endorsement Friday to the counterinsurgency strategy for Afghanistan laid out by Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, increasing pressure on the Obama administration and on their own governments to commit more military and civilian resources to the mission.”
* Iran delays a decision on the nuke deal until Monday.
* Plans for a new Consumer Financial Protection Agency move forward in the House.
* Harry Reid is reportedly close to getting 60 votes for a public option with the opt-out.
* Reid & Co. are also counting votes on a public option with a trigger, which may have even more support.
* To say that Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) has some concerns about the trigger idea would be an understatement.
* House Speaker Pelosi still doesn’t have quite as many votes for her robust reform plan as she’d like. But when it comes to negotiations with the Senate and White House Pelosi does, however, have a strategy in mind.
* John McCain, by his own admission, doesn’t understand much about the Internet or computers. But apparently he knows enough to try and block net neutrality.
* I’d love to see Arlen Specter reverse course on Dawn Johnsen’s nomination.
* The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing in November on the efficacy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” First step towards repeal.
* Eyeing “revolutionary changes” to America’s schools.
* That’s an awfully nice family portrait.
* Jeb Bush doesn’t want to see the Republican Party become the “old white guy party.” He’d also like to see the GOP shed its image as the “party of no.” Good luck with that.
* Those right-wing House members who are panicky about imaginary Muslim spies on congressional committees finally filed a request with the House Sergeant at Arms to launch an investigation.
* The Culture of Corruption meme isn’t quite over yet: “An Alaska businessman admitted to giving gifts to Republican Rep. Don Young, the state’s long-serving sole congressman, in a confession made public this week as part of an ongoing federal investigation into political corruption in the state.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.