Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Annan was making no progress: “Frustrated by the seemingly intractable Syrian conflict, Kofi Annan announced his resignation on Thursday as the special peace envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League, throwing new doubts on whether a diplomatic solution is possible.”
* On a related note, Reuters reports that President Obama “has signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for rebels seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.”
* In the House, Republicans want a five-week recess; Democrats want to get some work done. When Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) declared on the floor today, “Let’s just go home!” Democrats responded by chanting, “Work. Work. Work.”
* The Knight Capital Group: “$10 million a minute. That’s about how much the trading problem that set off turmoil on the stock market on Wednesday morning is already costing the trading firm.”
* Senate Republicans killed the Cybersecurity Bill today. Though a Senate majority supported the bill, it wasn’t enough to overcome a GOP filibuster.
* The Romney campaign thinks Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) went too far this week. The aides have a point.
* Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) won’t let the interim FAA chief get a confirmation vote. Have I mentioned the confirmation process is broken?
* Whoever is writing Sen. Scott Brown’s (R-Mass.) op-eds for him needs a refresher course in basic economics.
* I’m going to go out on a limb and say Chavis Carter didn’t kill himself in the back of that police car in Arkansas.
* And after declaring, “Kiss my ass, this is a Holy site,” Rick Gorka is “taking some time off the trail.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.