Friday’s Mini-Report

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Terror rocks Oslo: “Norway suffered two shocking attacks on Friday, when powerful explosions shook the government center in the capital and, shortly after, a gunman stalked youths on an island summer camp for children of members of the governing Labor Party. Police were treating the assaults, which together killed at least 16 people, as connected, according to Norweigian news media, though it remained unclear who was behind them.”

* Massive protests in Syria: “Hundreds of thousands of Syrians across the country took to the streets on Friday, defying a brutal crackdown by security forces and demanding the end of President Bashar al-Assad’s government.”

* Oh, to be a fly on the wall for this one: “Officials from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury met Friday to discuss what would happen if the nation defaults on its debt, a scenario that could occur next month if Congress doesn’t raise the nation’s borrowing limit.”

* Murdoch media scandal: “Testimony by James Murdoch about Britain’s phone hacking scandal came under renewed scrutiny on Friday with Prime Minister David Cameron saying that Mr. Murdoch still had ‘questions to answer’ and a lawmaker calling for the police to open a new inquiry.”

* Murdoch media scandal, stateside: “The Justice Department is readying subpoenas as part of a probe into allegations that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. attempted to hack into phones of Sept. 11 victims.”

* Will the FAA face a partial shutdown, starting tonight? Apparently, yes. Thanks again, congressional Republicans, for hating unions to such an irrational level.

* Europe: “It took a year and a half of politicking that pushed markets to the edge more than once, but Europe’s leaders this week may have reached an elusive goal: Make sure that what happens in Greece stays in Greece.”

* The U.S. ownership role in Chrysler is no more.

* Will Maryland be next for marriage equality? It will be if Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has his way.

* Great piece from Amanda Marcotte on Rep. Allen West’s (R-Fla.) “anger issues.”

* I’m thrilled to see David Leonhardt become the new Washington bureau chief for the New York Times. He’s one of my favorite journalists.

* And the prospect of the Obama administration covering contraception as a standard for preventive medical care has apparently made conservative media absolutely furious. Bill O’Reilly argued that universal coverage of contraception would not lead to fewer unintended pregnancies because “[m]any women who get pregnant are blasted out of their minds when they have sex and not going to use birth control anyway.” What a classy guy.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.