Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Europe: “After weeks of uncertainty that revived fears about the foundations of the euro, European leaders on Thursday clinched a new rescue plan for Greece that could push the country into default on some of its debt for a short period but would give Europe’s bailout fund sweeping new powers to shore up struggling economies.”
* What’s up in DC this afternoon? “We’re not close to a deal,” White House spokesperson Jay Carney said.
* It sure would be nice if someone focused on job creation: “More Americans than forecast filed claims for unemployment benefits last week, reflecting the volatility of applications during the annual auto-plant retooling period. Applications for jobless benefits increased 10,000 in the week ended July 16 to 418,000, Labor Department figures showed today.”
* It sure would be nice if someone focused on job creation, Part II: “Companies are laying off employees at a level not seen in nearly a year, hobbling the job market and intensifying fears about the pace of the economic recovery.”
* Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) took a very hard line on Congress refusing to raise the debt ceiling. Then he discovered his own state’s credit rating is at risk. Now he believes lawmakers have “got to get this done immediately.” (This gave me the best laugh I’ve had all day.)
* The Democratic-led Senate will be working through the weekend. The Republican-led House will take the weekend off.
* The White House issued another veto threat today, this time over House Republican efforts to gut the EPA.
* Why is Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) turning down federal funds aimed at preventing child abuse and neglect? Apparently because he’s not a good governor.
* Nick Kristof’s frustrations with right-wing congressional Republicans are becoming increasingly palpable. The mild-mannered columnist actually seems disgusted. Good for him.
* At MSNBC’s awkward 6 p.m. slot, Cenk Uygur is out after six months. He’ll be replaced by none other than Al Sharpton.
* The controversy surrounding Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) is quietly getting more interesting.
* Officials in Guam have every reason to be severely pissed with Rep. Jeff Landry (R-La.).
* And Rush Limbaugh is convinced that the very existence of the heat index is some sort of government conspiracy. Fox News thinks so, too. I’ll at least give these folks credit for creativity.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.