Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Syria: “Syrian warplanes on Tuesday bombed Aleppo, the country’s largest city and commercial capital, as rebel forces fought for control of several of its neighborhoods, according to the Local Coordination Committees, an activist network.”
* If you want to see what it looks like to be headed off a fiscal cliff, look at Spain: “As the U.S. government counts down toward a year-end tax and spending crunch that threatens to throw the economy into reverse, Spanish officials already are desperately scrambling to save their country from economic and financial ruin.”
* At a fundraiser in Oakland last night, President Obama pushed back against Mitt Romney’s “didn’t build that” lie, arguing the Republican “may have gone a little over the edge.”
* Much of the nation’s economic debate is a “sham”: there’s a “remarkable consensus among mainstream economists” about the basics. The problem is Republicans reject that consensus.
* We have a whooping cough vaccine. So why is there a whooping cough outbreak?
* The Murdoch media scandal is still unfolding, with new criminal charges targeting Andy Coulson, who was Prime Minister David Cameron’s communications chief, and Rebekah Brooks.
* Michele Bachmann has a new defender: Newt Gingrich.
* In the meantime, Louie Gohmert thinks John McCain and other Bachmann critics are “numb nuts.” He always has quite a way with words.
* And Chick-Fil-A continues to find itself in the middle of a culture-war fight, with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino saying the chain, run by an anti-gay president, “doesn’t belong in Boston,” while Mike Huckabee organizing an “appreciation day” for the fast-food chain.
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