Friday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* A suicide bomber launched a deadly attack outside the U.S. embassy in Ankara, Turkey.

* Clinton departs: “Hillary Rodham Clinton left the State Department on Friday ‘confident about the direction that we have set,’ handing off the secretary of state’s job to former Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.”

* Egypt: “Protesters threw incendiary devices over the walls of Egypt’s presidential palace during Friday demonstrations against President Mohamed Morsi, leading to clashes with riot police officers that filled the area with tear gas and threatened to deepen Egypt’s spiraling political crisis.”

* Obama remains an awful socialist: “An encouraging U.S. jobs report propelled blue-chip stocks to their highest level since October 2007 on Friday, closing above the closely watched 14,000 bulwark as investors momentarily sidelined their concerns about the recovery.”

* Cabinet: “Energy Secretary Steven Chu will leave office soon, possibly by the end of this month, he told colleagues in an e-mail this morning.”

* A brazen murder in Kaufman, Texas: “A county prosecutor in this small town southeast of Dallas was fatally shot on Thursday morning near the courthouse by one or perhaps two gunmen, whom witnesses described as wearing masks, black clothing and tactical-style vests, the authorities said.”

* With Defense Secretary Leon Panetta set to testify on Benghazi, it’s not yet clear what Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) will whine about next.

* Sometimes, jobs reports showing a slight uptick in the unemployment rate are cause for concern. Other times, not so much.

* Dave Weigel has a sharp, insightful take on this week’s questions surrounding Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.).

* The White House remains “very confident” Chuck Hagel will be confirmed. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) announced his opposition today, but said he would not support a filibuster.

* And the former president of the NRA concedes the group has moved even further to the extreme when it comes to universal background checks.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Friday's Mini-Report

Updated