Friday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Conditions are clearly volatile in Syria, as a top Syrian general defects.

* Tehran pointing fingers: “Iran’s spy chief accused German and French intelligence agencies on Friday of involvement in assassinations of its nuclear scientists, sticking to a hard official line as sanctions imposed over its disputed atomic ambitions bite harder.”

* There are now drought conditions in 56% of the continental United States: “The prolonged heat across the Midwest has not only set temperature records, it is also expanding and intensifying drought conditions – and relief isn’t on the horizon for most areas.”

* The right has decided it’s hilarious that the White House says it’s important not to read too much into a single monthly jobs report after bad news is released. There’s just one problem: the White House says the same thing after good news is released.

* As Rep. Joe Walsh’s (R-Ill.) antics become more cringe-worthy, he is not without media allies – CNN’s Erick Erickson isn’t afraid to defend the unhinged congressman who’s begun complaining about his challenger’s decorated military service.

* Voter-suppression tactics become law in the Granite State: “Gov. John Lynch has allowed a bill requiring photo identification at polling places to become law without his signature, but he says he hopes the New Hampshire Legislature will revisit the issue.”

* Occasionally, center-left Supreme Court justices disappoint liberals. They just seem to handle their disappointment much differently than their conservative counterparts.

* Our political discourse can get ugly, but not pull-a-gun-on-live-television ugly.

* And Rep. Phil Gingrey, a far-right Georgia Republican, complained about the new job numbers today by complaining about President Obama’s “toothy smile,” which “shows lots of gum.” Stay classy, GOP.

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Friday's Mini-Report

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