Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Americans in Uganda: “President Barack Obama said on Friday he was sending about 100 U.S. military advisers to Uganda to support central African allies pursuing Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, and other rebel commanders. Obama’s decision commits U.S. forces to help battle a Ugandan rebel group he once condemned as an “affront to human dignity” for chilling violence that has included hacking body parts off victims, abduction of young boys to fight and young girls to be used as sex slaves.”

* Alabama: “A federal appeals court on Friday blocked a key part of Alabama’s law that requires schools to check the immigration status of students, temporarily weakening what was considered the toughest immigration law in the nation.”

* Zuccotti Park: “New York officials on Friday morning abruptly pulled back from a confrontation with Occupy Wall Street protesters, canceling a planned clearing of the park where the protesters have been camping and raising the prospect of their prolonged presence in Lower Manhattan.”

* Some hints of economic progress: “U.S. consumers spent more on autos, clothing and furniture in September to boost retail sales by the most in seven months. The gain offered a hopeful sign for the sluggish economy.”

* HHS makes a key health care change: “The Obama administration has halted work on health reform’s Community Living Assistance Services and Support, or CLASS, Act after finding it too difficult to implement.”

* Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a former Republican congressman who now serves in the president’s cabinet, said Congress won’t approve much-needed infrastructure investments because “some people don’t want Obama to be successful.”

* I can’t help but notice that Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) just isn’t a very good senator.

* Last night, House Republicans approved the odious “Protect Life Act,” 251 to 172.

* You know a Fox News lie is egregious when the cast of “Fox & Friends” feels compelled to walk a story back. That’s extremely rare.

* Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) opposition to anthropology majors at public universities is all the more interesting given that his daughter has a degree in anthropology from a public university.

* And finally, wise words from Paul Krugman: “It’s a terrible thing when an individual loses his or her grip on reality. But it’s much worse when the same thing happens to a whole political party, one that already has the power to block anything the president proposes — and which may soon control the whole government.”

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.