Friday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Three U.S. service members were killed today in Afghanistan. We’ll have more on this on tonight’s show.

* Oak Creek: “Hundreds of people streamed into a Wisconsin high school Friday to pay their final respects to six worshippers gunned down by a white supremacist at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee.”

* The consequences of drought: “With the worst drought in a half century decimating crops in the United States, the government on Friday slashed its estimate of the annual corn yield in the last month by 15.5 percent to the lowest level since 1995.”

* Crime in Syria is spiraling out of control, with kidnapping and theft now common after police officers have fled violent skirmishes.

* The cloud of scandal over Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) isn’t going away: “Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) failed to report a privately financed trip he took to Cyprus last August and also didn’t list it as a gift on the first two iterations of his annual financial disclosure form, disclosing it only after the president of the sponsoring group was arrested on federal corruption charges.”

* Zakaria’s very bad day: “Time magazine suspended Fareed Zakaria, the CNN host and Time editor at large, on Friday afternoon after he apologized for plagiarizing sections of his Aug. 20 column on gun control.”

* I don’t know why the New York Times hasn’t brought Ta-Nehisi Coates on as a full-time columnist yet, but it should.

* On the other side of the spectrum, Jennifer Rubin seems to be having an off year.

* Rush Limbaugh thinks President Obama is “trying to suppress the white vote.” Wow.

* Newt Gingrich is exploring doing a daily television show with his wife, Callista, along the lines of “Regis and Kathie Lee.” No, seriously.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Friday's Mini-Report

Updated