Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Occupy goes global: “Buoyed by the longevity of the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Manhattan, a wave of protests swept across Asia, the Americas and Europe on Saturday, with hundreds and in some cases thousands of people expressing discontent with the economic tides in marches, rallies and occasional clashes with the police.”

* With Senate Republicans killing the American Jobs Act last week, the next Democratic priority will be a stand-alone measure investing $35 billion in states to create jobs for teachers, firefighters, and police officers.

* Leaving Iraq: “An Obama administration proposal to keep a few thousand American troops here after the end of the year to train the Iraqi military is being scaled back, as the administration has concluded that the Iraqi Parliament would not give the troops legal protection, two American officials said on Saturday.”

* Pakistan: “Amid growing American frustration with Pakistan’s handling of Islamic militancy, the government here appears less willing than ever to challenge insurgent groups and is more inclined to make peace with them.”

* House Republicans are poised to kill the Chinese currency measure approved by the Senate last week.

* Whether or not one agrees with President Obama’s decision to send 100 U.S. troops to Uganda, it’s a legal move, approved by Congress, that does not even attempt to expand presidential power.

* It looks like New Yorkers are overwhelmingly supportive of the Occupy Wall Street protests, and are inclined to allow the demonstrations to continue as long as the activists want.

* Interesting new Gallup poll: “A record-high 50% of Americans now say the use of marijuana should be made legal, up from 46% last year. Forty-six percent say marijuana use should remain illegal.”

* This is apparently irrelevant to much of the political establishment, but the Recovery Act kept 6 million Americans from slipping into poverty.

* A new way for for-profit colleges to steer clear of federal regulations: reclassify what it is they do. They’re not offering an education, they’re offering “educational services” to traditional colleges.

* It’s a trivial point, of course, but I think it’s clear the president is awfully good with kids.

* And finally, no matter what one might think of gun-control measures, reasonable people should be able to agree that National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre seems to be deeply paranoid about hidden political agendas that exist only in his odd imagination.

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.