Friday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* On the global stage, arguably today’s biggest story: “A U.S. official confirmed Friday that the Syrian regime has been moving elements of its chemical weapons stockpile in recent days, an action that has U.S. officials both concerned and perplexed.”

* Syrian violence, meanwhile, continues to spiral.

* China’s economy is growing at its slowest pace since early 2009, with GDP growth of “only” 7.6% year-over-year in the second quarter.

* The estimate keeps growing: “JPMorgan Chase, which reported its second-quarter results on Friday, disclosed that the losses on a soured credit bet could mount to more than $7 billion.”

* President Obama is not above mocking Congress for its ineptitude: “33 votes to repeal the healthcare bill. All it would take is one vote to make sure that all of you don’t see your taxes go up next year. You tell me what would be a better use of time.”

* Andrew Sullivan uses the “p” word: “[T]he issue is Romney’s possible perjury in 2002 and 2011. The Republicans once impeached a president who committed perjury. Are they now going to nominate someone who did it as well – and insist it’s no big deal?”

* He’s waiting until late on a Friday afternoon, but Mitt Romney will talk to reporters from non-Republican news organizations today. It’s such a rare occurrence, it’s almost hard to believe.

* Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) vetoed an anti-contraception bill this week, but the likelihood of Republican legislators overriding the veto appears high.

* And finally, former President George H.W. Bush asks a very good question: “[W]ho the hell is Grover Norquist, anyway?”

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Friday's Mini-Report

Updated