Friday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Within a few hours of the House approving $9.7 billion in post-Hurricane Sandy funding, the Senate passed the same measure by unanimous consent.

* Amazing: “Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls’ education, has been discharged from a hospital in the U.K. after doctors said she was well enough to spend some time recovering with her family.”

* Newtown: “Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona on Friday visited the Connecticut town where a gunman killed 26 people last month inside an elementary school.”

* FDA: “The Obama administration, moving ahead with the first major revamping of the nation’s food-safety system in more than 70 years, Friday proposed requiring that the produce industry meet new safety standards and food manufacturers craft detailed plans to ensure their products are safe to eat.”

* What a good idea: “The use of hostage-taking imagery to describe the coming debt ceiling crisis is now so ubiquitous that I thought I’d ask a veteran police hostage negotiator what he thinks of the looming standoff.”

* Sigh: “Fox News is continuing its hunt for ‘pork’ in a Hurricane Sandy relief bill blocked by House Speaker John Boehner, claiming that the bill included $600 million for the Environmental Protection Agency to address climate change. But the funds in question actually focused on ensuring affected states’ access to clean water, a crucial issue in the wake of the storm - and emblematic of future consequences of climate change.”

* Thank you, Paul Krugman: “Threatening to hurt tens of millions of innocent victims unless you get your way – which is what the G.O.P. strategy boils down to – shouldn’t be treated as a legitimate political tactic.”

* Crapo’s day in court: “Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) on Friday pleaded guilty to drunken driving during his arraignment at a Virginia court. He faces a suspended sentence of 180 days and a fine of $250.”

* Um, yeah: “Former FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey says the conservative outlet that helped launch the Tea Party paid Glenn Beck at least $1 million last year to fundraise for the organization, an arrangement he said provided ‘too little value’ for the money.”

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Friday's Mini-Report

Updated