Friday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Watching Malala Yousufzai, a year after being shot in the head by the Taliban, draw standing ovations at the UN Youth Assembly today was a truly beautiful sight.

* Egypt: “Hundreds of thousands of Egyptian Islamists and other supporters of Mohamed Morsi, the country’s first freely elected president who was ousted and detained by the military last week, filled public squares in Cairo and other cities on Friday in an intensified campaign aimed at returning him to power. The United States also dialed up its criticism, calling on Egypt’s interim authorities to release Mr. Morsi.”

* Iraq: “A bomb struck a crowded coffee shop late Friday in the ethnically disputed northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, killing at least 19 and wounding more than two dozen in the latest in a string of bloody attacks pounding Iraq since the start of the holy month of Ramadan this week.”

* Snowden: “Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive American intelligence contractor, broke his silence after three weeks of seclusion on Friday, inviting a handpicked group of Russian human rights figures to visit him in a small conference room at Sheremetyevo Airport, where he told them he hopes to receive political asylum in Russia.”

* On a related note: “President Obama plans to lobby Russian President Vladimir Putin to return Edward Snowden to the U.S. during a phone conversation Friday afternoon, amid news that the intelligence leaker was requesting temporary asylum in the country.”

* Among the most serious victims of the ridiculous sequestration policy? Native American Indians.

* Progress: “The Social Security Administration has begun taking claims from married same-sex couples who believe they are eligible for benefits, although the administration will not process them until the instructions for handling such claims is finalized.”

* San Diego Mayor Bob Filner (D) has admitted to sexually harassing numerous women, has apologized, conceded he needs “help,” but insists he won’t give up his office.

* The only part of the IRS story that remains unresolved: “The investigator who found the IRS targeted conservative groups withheld key information from Congress, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee charged Friday.”

* A list of new potential DHS nominees appears to be quickly taking shape.

* And I’ll confess, I really do love the White House White Board.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Friday's Mini-Report

Updated