Today’s edition of quick hits:
* The face of a man who enjoys a good science fair.
* Reaching a three-year high: “The number of jobs waiting to be filled rose in December as employers tried to ramp up hiring in factories, retail and business services, the government said on Tuesday.”
* The latest news on consumer credit looks encouraging, too.
* Sanctions are having a significant impact: “Iranian buyers have defaulted on payments for about 200,000 tons of rice from their top supplier India, exporters and rice millers said on Tuesday, a sign of the mounting pressure on Tehran from a new wave of Western sanctions.”
* A new tally from the AP shows at least 1,769 members of the U.S. military have died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion in late 2001.
* Still unhappy in the Palmetto State: “The U.S. Justice Department was wrong to block South Carolina from requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification to vote, the state’s top prosecutor argued in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.”
* It took several years, but Congress passed a long-term funding bill for the FAA yesterday. It’s likely to get President Obama’s signature, despite criticisms of the bill from organized labor.
* Not too long ago, most of the world’s democracies used the U.S. Constitution as a model for their own systems of government. That’s no longer the case.
* Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) may not understand “religious freedom” as well as he thinks he does.
* Hmm: “Jack Abramoff hinted Monday that he knows of still more skeletons that are buried on Capitol Hill, but he’s not saying where.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.