Thursday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Turkey’s military action against Syria is a major development worth watching.

* Libya: “A team of U.S. investigators traveled to the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Thursday to visit the compound where the U.S. ambassador was killed in an attack last month, Libyan security sources said.”

* A labor breakthrough: “Today, for the first time in Wal-Mart’s 50-year history, workers at multiple stores are out on strike.”

* A day after major Iranian protests: “Most merchants in Tehran’s grand bazaar reopened for business on Thursday as an unusually large number of police officers were deployed around the city’s black-market money trading district, witnesses reported, a day after a crackdown on suspected speculators led to civil disturbances and a large protest march by Iranians demanding relief from the plummeting value of the currency, the rial.”

* Imagine that: “The health insurance industry presented itself as a key ally of President Barack Obama’s health care law while at the same time making hefty contributions to members of Congress who are trying to get rid of it, according to contribution records.”

* Oh my: “Community leaders are demanding the resignation of a Maine mayor who said Somali immigrants living in his city should ‘accept our culture and leave your culture at the door.’”

* Steve M. has an interesting item looking at debate focus groups. His report concludes, “Romney is still a guy with a sleazy reputation. Obama is still a guy most non-wingnuts trust. So I don’t feel as bad today as I did last night.”

* Fox really isn’t good with economic statistics: “Fox Business anchor Cheryl Casone set an unreasonable standard for weekly jobless claims, stating that the figure needed to dip to 200,000 or lower to show a healthy labor market – a level that hasn’t been reached in over 40 years.”

* What was KitchenAid thinking? “The company KitchenAid is primarily involved in the business of making cakes. But their Twitter account stirred up some political ire last night when it tweeted a ‘joke’ about President Obama’s dead grandmother. “

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Thursday's Mini-Report

Updated