Friday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Pakistan: “The U.S. Consulate in the Pakistani city of Lahore was shut on Friday with only emergency staff remaining on duty following ‘specific threats,’ officials said. The State Department also advised U.S. citizens against traveling to Pakistan. Most American diplomats and staff based in Pakistan’s second-largest city were ordered to stay home.”

* Perhaps my favorite line from President Obama’s press conference this afternoon: “I think the really interesting question is why it is that my friends in the other party have made the idea of preventing these people from getting health care their holy grail. Their number-one priority. The one unifying principle in the Republican Party at the moment is making sure that 30 million people don’t have health care.”

* Also note, on the upcoming Olympic games in Russia, Obama added, “I want to just make very clear right now, I do not think it’s appropriate to boycott the Olympics. We’ve got a bunch of Americans out there who are training hard, who are doing everything they can to succeed…. [O]ne of the things I’m really looking forward to is maybe some gay and lesbian athletes bringing home the gold or silver or bronze, which I think would go a long way in rejecting the kind of attitudes that we’re seeing there. And if Russia doesn’t have gay or lesbian athletes, then that would probably make their team weaker.”

* Ohio: “The last abortion clinic in the city, Capital Care Network of Toledo, could be forced to close its doors within the month, which would make Toledo the largest city in the state without a provider.” More on this on tonight’s show.

* The first bill-signing ceremony in a while: “President Obama will sign the student loan bill into law on Friday afternoon after weeks of partisan disagreements and rising costs.”

* Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) wrote a blistering letter to San Diego Mayor Bob Filner (D), telling him it’s time to quit: “I am speaking to you now on a personal and professional level, and asking you to step down as mayor and get the help you need as a private citizen.”

* If House Democrats are looking for House Republicans willing to sign a discharge petition on immigration reform, they should probably start with Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.).

* This really isn’t going over well on the right: “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told KNPR radio Friday that he hopes Republicans’ ongoing opposition to President Obama is driven by ‘substance’ and not race.”

* And we talked earlier about Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) going birther at a town-hall meeting in his local district yesterday. Today, the conservative congressman said he “misspoke” at the event.

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Friday's Mini-Report

Updated