Today’s edition of quick hits:
* The Senate easily approved a clean bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. The House responded with Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) plan for a three-week extension, but House Republicans ignored their ostensible leader and killed Boehner’s bill.
* With fewer than seven hours remaining before the DHS shutdown, it looks like the House is confronted with two options: the Senate bill or nothing.
* Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) with some words of wisdom for his fellow Republicans in Congress: “Hopefully we’re gonna end the attaching of bulls**t to essential items of the government.” Hopefully, indeed.
* The suspected gunman appears to have killed himself: “A gunman killed seven people in a door-to-door shooting spree across the rural Missouri community of Tyrone before turning his weapon on himself, police said Friday. A ninth person at a home searched during the investigation was also found dead, but apparently of natural causes.”
* Ukraine: “International monitors said Friday the conflict in Ukraine was at a “crossroads” as further losses among government forces rattled a two-week-old truce just as it seemed to be gaining traction.”
* Financial regulatory reform works: “Global regulators have issued dozens of rules aimed at making the biggest banks safer. That’s leading to another result some wanted: making them shrink.”
* Someone apparently wants attention again: “North Korea vowed to wage a ‘merciless, sacred war’ against the United States on Thursday, days before the launch of annual joint South Korea-US military exercises that have incensed Pyongyang.”
* From 2.6% to 2.2%: “The American economy expanded at a slower pace than initially thought in the fourth quarter of 2014, as less stockpiling by businesses and a slightly weaker trade balance weighed on growth.”
* This story again? “Federal investigators are looking for possible criminal activity in connection with the missing emails of a central figure in the Internal Revenue service’s targeting scandal.”
* More allegations: “The Guardian reports that six of Bill O’Reilly’s former colleagues dispute the embattled Fox News host’s claim that he and his crew were ‘attacked by protesters’ during the 1992 Los Angeles riots.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.