Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Afghanistan: “A suicide bomber struck in northern Afghanistan on Friday morning, killing at least 45 people, just as worshipers were emerging from a mosque to celebrate the first day of Id al-Adha, the most important Muslim holiday, officials said. It was one of several attacks in Afghanistan on Friday, and by far the most lethal.”
* As Hurricane Sandy inches towards the nation’s Northeast, a prominent National Weather Service meteorologist wrote on Facebook last night, “I’ve never seen anything like this and I’m at a loss for expletives to describe what this storm could do.”
* In the latest video in the “Acutally…” series, Elon James White takes on poor people, sharks, and Mitt Romney.
* Economy: “U.S. consumer sentiment rose to its highest level in five years in October as Americans were more upbeat about prospects for the economy and their own finances, a survey released on Friday showed.”
* Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was hospitalized today after a multiple-car accident near Sahara, Nevada. The local NBC affiliate spoke to a Reid staffer who said the senator is stable and “doing fine.”
* Keep an eye on this: “An independent U.N. human rights researcher on Thursday announced plans to launch an investigation into the use of drone attacks and other targeted assassinations by the United States and other governments that result in civilian deaths or injuries.”
* No surprise: “A senior aide says Mitt Romney will not call on Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock to pull TV ads featuring the GOP presidential candidate’s endorsement.”
* Romney scoffed at latest GDP numbers, but he praised even-worse figures in Massachusetts when he was governor.
* President Obama responded to John Sununu yesterday, saying the Republican’s ugly criticism of Colin Powell “doesn’t make much sense.”
* And Paul Krugman makes the case that when it comes to the presidential campaigns and job creation, one candidate has a credible plan and the other “doesn’t have an economic plan at all.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.