Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Good economic news: “Retail sales rose in September as Americans bought more of everything from cars to gasoline and electronics, pointing to stronger-than-expected economic growth in the third quarter.”
* As part of the “Actually…” series, Rosie Perez appears in this new American Bridge video, responding to Mitt Romney’s belief that his political prospects would be improved if he were Latino.
* Nobel: “Two Americans, Alvin E. Roth and Lloyd Shapley, were awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science on Monday for their work on market design and matching theory, which relate to how people and companies find and select one another in everything from marriage to school choice to jobs to organ donations.”
* Tehran: “The European Union toughened sanctions against Iran over its disputed nuclear program on Monday, banning trade in industries like finance, metals and natural gas, and making other business transactions far more cumbersome.”
* Fortunately, no one was hurt: “Denver police are reviewing video footage from city surveillance cameras after a shot was fired through the window of President Barack Obama’s campaign office.”
* Yousufzai brought to the UK: “Malala Yousufzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban, has every chance of making a ‘good recovery,’ British doctors said on Monday as she arrived at a hospital in central England for treatment of her severe wounds.”
* When we talk about the controversial Koch brothers, we tend to think of Charles and David. But let’s not leave William Koch out of the mix.
* The estimable Jed Lewison did a nice job with this: “Mitt Romney debates himself, round 2.”
* Rep. David Rivera (R-Fla.) sat down for his only televised interview to discuss the variety of scandals swirling around him. The discussion really didn’t go well.
* And former Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania died over the weekend at his home in Philadelphia. He was 82.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.