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

* The news out of the Gulf always seems to be bad: “With a storm threatening to disrupt oil-siphoning efforts at BP Plc’s blown-out Gulf of Mexico well, the U.S. Coast Guard on Friday said collection efforts would be suspended five days before the forecast onset of gale-force winds.”

* The relief wells still seem to be on track for mid-August, but mid-August isn’t exactly soon under the circumstances.

* Only 15 months after the White House first tried to fill the post, the Senate confirmed John Pistole as head of the Transportation Security Administration.

* Good summary of the final Wall Street reform package.

* Good summary of the DISCLOSE Act passed yesterday by the House.

* Someone seems to have trouble following the law: “An investigator has determined former Gov. Sarah Palin’s legal defense fund broke state ethics law and said Palin has agreed to settle the matter by having the trust return more than $386,000 to donors.”

* Jeffrey Goldberg took a cheap shot at Dave Weigel today; Adam Serwer responds.

* It’s a shame the cuts to Army deployment times will take so long to implement.

* What’s worse: the notion that Glenn Beck is touting Ezra Taft Benson without knowing who he is, or Glenn Beck touting Ezra Taft Benson and Beck does know who he is?

* What’s happening to public colleges?

* Quote of the Day, from “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade: “It took the president a matter of hours to pick a commander in Afghanistan, so why is it taking months to plug the leaking oil?”

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.