Today’s edition of quick hits:
* President Obama seemed quite pleased with today’s developments in the Senate.
* Pakistan: “Missiles believed to have been fired by an American drone struck an Islamic seminary in northern Pakistan on Thursday, in a rare strike outside the country’s volatile tribal regions. The attack, in the Hangu District of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province, killed six people and wounded five, including several members of the Haqqani militant network, according to a senior Pakistani security official.”
* Afghanistan: “President Hamid Karzai signaled on Thursday that a security deal with the United States might not be finalized until next year, even if a grand council of Afghan leaders ratifies it this week.”
* Iraq: “Explosives hidden under fruit and vegetables aboard a delivery truck detonated in a crowded market selling fresh produce north of Baghdad on Thursday, killing 32 people and wounding dozens a day after a wave of car bombings convulsed the capital, according to medical and police officials.”
* It amazes me that eight senators voted against her in committee: “Janet L. Yellen took a giant step on Thursday toward becoming the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve Board when the Senate Banking Committee sent her nomination to the full Senate with a 14-8 vote.”
* FCC: “The nation’s top telecom regulator will propose allowing passengers to make cell phone calls and use their data plans while on an airplane, officials said Thursday.”
* Will Republicans prioritize work over vacation? Dems will: “House Democratic leaders are upping the pressure on Republicans this week to secure a budget deal before the end of the year.”
* The reign of socialism: “They finally did it. After trying for several sessions to break through the 16,000 closing barrier for the Dow, investors gave up their qualms and hurdled the milestone Thursday.”
* And Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) delivered a big speech on foreign policy this week. Isaac Chotiner thinks it proves he’s “the most craven U.S. senator.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.