Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Good: “U.S. industrial output rose more than expected in October as factory and mining production expanded strongly, suggesting the economy was gaining steam.”

* Helping drive the Eurozone crisis: “Borrowing costs for European governments jumped across the board Tuesday, and new data confirmed that the region’s economy is slowing, evidence on two key fronts that leaders of the euro area have yet to contain its stubborn financial crisis.”

* Isolating Assad: “Syria’s president faced a growing challenge to his iron rule from home and abroad Wednesday, with renegade troops launching their most daring attack yet on the military and world leaders looking at possibilities for a regime without Bashar Assad.”

* White House shooting: “Federal law enforcement authorities on Wednesday arrested a 21-year-old Idaho man suspected of shooting with a semiautomatic rifle at the White House on Friday night, as the Secret Service reported finding that at least one bullet had indeed struck the presidential residence.”

* China won’t like this: “President Obama and Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia announced plans on Wednesday for a sustained new American military presence in Australia, a deployment of 2,500 troops aimed at signaling that the United States intends to counterbalance a rising China.”

* The relentless attacks from the right, coupled with fights over process, have taken their toll on public perceptions about the Occupy Wall Street movement.

* Occupy Boston gets a court win: “Members of the Occupy Boston movement have been granted a temporary restraining order against removal by the City of Boston from Dewey Square Park.”

* Remember Pentagon whistleblower Franz Gayl? Good news: “A Marine Corps science adviser who blamed military brass for failing to field life-saving vehicles faster to troops in Iraq has had his security clearance reinstated, allowing him to return to his post at the Pentagon.”

* New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has very odd priorities.

* U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan has become the first sitting cabinet secretary to publicly endorse marriage equality.

* Andy Sabl has a good look at the Commerce Clause and the cracks in the right’s ideology.

* Occupy and student loans: “A more structural approach to the problem, however, would be to dramatically limit the amount of loans students take out to go to college.”

* Given the number of homes Fox Business reaches, it’s amazing to see just how few people watch Eric Bolling.

* And in trying to make a foolish argument about Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, Fox News pointed to “Article 28 of the Constitution” for support. The U.S. Constitution does not have an article 28.

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.