Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Striking a defiant tone: “Hours after a penitent press conference, a notably more animated President Barack Obama told an Ohio crowd that he’s not giving up on fixing problems with his health reform law. ‘I want everybody to understand: I am going to see this through,’ he said Thursday during a campaign-style event at steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal in Cleveland, Ohio. ’I want millions of Americans to make sure they are not going broke when they get sick, and they can go to a doctor when their kid gets sick. We are not apologizing for that. We are going to get this done.’”
* Crisis in the Philippines: ” Storm-damaged hospitals in the Philippines struggled to treat patients as the United Nations on Thursday raised the death toll from the monster typhoon that ravaged the country to more than 4,400 – almost double the previous figure and far higher than an estimate given by the Filipino president.”
* Iraq: “A wave of attacks against Shiite Muslims in Iraq killed at least 47 people and wounded dozens on Thursday, security officials said, as they were marking the holy day of Ashura.”
* Gun violence at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin led to a two-hour lockdown this afternoon.
* Iran: “Iran appears to have dramatically slowed work on its atomic energy program since the summer, U.N. officials said Thursday in a report that could add momentum to diplomatic efforts to resolve a decade-old dispute over Iranian nuclear activities.”
* Tragedy at Camp Pendleton: “Four Marines were killed Wednesday in an accident during maintenance of an artillery range at a base outside San Diego, military officials said.”
* Jeh Johnson: “Key Republicans said Wednesday that President Barack Obama’s pick to head the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is a lock.”
* The agency really didn’t need another scandal: “A call from the Hay-Adams hotel this past spring reporting that a Secret Service agent was trying to force his way into a woman’s room set in motion an internal investigation that has sent tremors through an agency still trying to restore its elite reputation.”
* For now, a settlement will protect the Fair Housing Act from conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court.
* From top to bottom, it seems like the “60 Minutes” report on Benghazi was a total disaster.
* And on a related note, Dylan Davies, who was falsely presented to “60 Minutes” viewers as a witness, has reportedly “gone into hiding.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.