Friday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* The week-long wildfires in California continue to grow more serious.

* FISA court: “A secret intelligence court has decided to continue an order that forces Verizon Communications to turn over hundreds of millions of telephone records to the government each day in its search for foreign terror or espionage suspects. The longstanding Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order must be renewed every three months. It had been set to expire Friday.”

* Keep an eye on this one: “In a major ruling about press freedoms, a divided federal appeals court on Friday ruled that James Risen, an author and reporter for The New York Times, must testify in the criminal trial of a former Central Intelligence Agency official charged with providing him with classified information.”

* Houston: “A call placed to Houston police Friday morning expressing concern that individuals were being held against their will resulted in the discovery of eight people in a house, but it was unclear how long they had been in the home.”

* Presidential support: “The parents of Trayvon Martin applauded President Obama’s surprise discussion of their son, his death, and race relations in America as ‘a beautiful tribute’ in a statement released Friday.”

* The right, meanwhile, responded to the president’s remarks with the kind of class and dignity I’ve come to expect from the contemporary conservative movement. I was especially struck by the Fox News personality who condemned Obama as the “race-baiter in chief.”

* Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s (R) allies came to a realization: he needs a legal defense fund.

* They can’t stop: “Still high off their victory in passing a law that bans the procedure after 20 weeks of pregnancy, Texas Republicans turned to an even harder restriction: banning abortion at the sound of a fetal heartbeat, which usually can be detected at six weeks.”

* Robert Lady: “A retired CIA official detained in Panama has been released and was en route to the U.S. on Friday, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said.”

* Aurora: “A Colorado gun-rights advocacy group is set to put on a “counter rally” Friday in the same park as an event to remember the victims of the Aurora movie theater massacre on the one-year anniversary of the shootings.”

* Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) thinks he understands inflation. He’s “amazingly wrong.”

* And Tom Toles continues to characterize the debate over health care better in a one-frame cartoon than most columnists do in several hundred words.

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Friday's Mini-Report

Updated