FRIDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Afghanistan: “Insurgents have kidnapped a parliamentary candidate and at least 18 election workers, Afghan officials said Friday, raising fears on the eve of an election that has emerged as a test of wills between the Afghan government and the Taliban.”
* Finishing one of the jobs in the Gulf: “BP’s once-gushing Macondo well should be finally and firmly ‘killed’ by Saturday, company officials said Friday morning. Both company and federal officials said that a “relief well,” which had been drilled down nearly 18,000 feet beneath the floor of the Gulf of Mexico, appears to have broken through into the Macondo well’s shaft at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. That was necessary in order to pump cement into the well from below, completing the long-awaited ‘bottom kill’ that will guarantee the well is sealed.”
* Brian Beutler does a nice job gaming out how the House Democratic leadership may yet pull out a victory on the fight over Bush-era tax rates.
* A new phrase to look out for: “global climate disruption.”
* One of the problems for Rush Limbaugh’s listeners? The host struggles to tell the difference between facts and Internet hoaxes.
* The National Park Service hasn’t quite issued the permits yet for the Stewart/Colbert event(s) scheduled for Oct. 30.
* Daniel Luzer: “After a decade of college costs (the actual cost of running an institution, not the price of tuition) increasing at the rate of two to five percent a year, they barely rose at all last year.”
* Rep. Michele Bachmann thinks she understands what “negative rights” are. She really doesn’t.
* In what I saw as one of the day’s more interesting quotes, former Sen. Rick Santorum told right-wing activists at the Values Voter Summit, “Don’t let them put you in the back of the bus.” In context, when he mentioned “them,” Santorum was referring to Republicans, not Democrats.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.