Thursday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Afghanistan: “Roadside bombs and a suicide bomber killed 20 people in a spate of attacks across Afghanistan on Thursday, officials said. The deaths came even as armed clashes between insurgents and Afghan security forces have decreased as the fighting season winds down with the advent of cooler weather in the mountainous nation.”

* Around the world, news of President Obama’s re-election seemed to be very well received.

* As of this afternoon, NBC News declared that voters in the state of Washington have approved a marriage equality measure. Washington joins Maine and Maryland as the only states to do so through ballot referenda.

* Iranian warplanes “fired at an unmanned American military surveillance drone in international airspace over the Persian Gulf last week, Pentagon officials disclosed Thursday, saying that while the aircraft was not hit, Washington made a strong protest to Tehran.”

* A Romney campaign official conceded today that President Obama really did win Florida.

* Remember when Suffolk’s pollster, David Paleologos, told Fox News he’d stopped polling Florida and Virginia because Obama was sure to lose both? Obama won both.

* When it comes to the national popular vote, Hurricane Sandy appears to have cost the president around 800,000 votes.

* Jared Lee Loughner received seven life terms after pleading guilty today to his deadly Arizona shooting rampage.

* There are still seven unresolved U.S. House races.

* Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) failed in his role as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, but he’s getting promoted anyway to Senate Minority Whip.

* Progress: “The next Congress will include the largest number of women ever among its membership – 20 in the Senate, an increase of two, and at least 77 in the House, up by four, with two others vying in races that had not been called late Wednesday.”

* While Karl Rove’s Crossroads operation had the worst return on investment in 2012, Planned Parenthood’s super PAC had the best.

* Ouch: “From the moment Mitt Romney stepped off stage Tuesday night, having just delivered a brief concession speech he wrote only that evening, the massive infrastructure surrounding his campaign quickly began to disassemble itself. Aides taking cabs home late that night got rude awakenings when they found the credit cards linked to the campaign no longer worked.”

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Thursday's Mini-Report

Updated