Wednesday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Who, exactly, carried out the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya? U.S. officials can’t rule out the possibility that “al-Qaeda-inspired Islamist militants were responsible.”

* Looking for a timeline of events? I’ve seen several published today.

* Meanwhile, Ambassador Chris Stevens is remembered and celebrated for his extraordinary career in public service. The State Department made this video about Stevens in May.

* President Obama told CBS News today that Mitt Romney “seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later.”

* On a related note, Mark Salter, John McCain’s former chief of staff and an Obama critic, conceded today the president’s policies are “not responsible” for the violence, and Romney’s political attacks were “tortured” and “unseemly.” A former Romney advisor added, “They stepped in it.”

* Eurozone: “Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court on Wednesday gave Chancellor Angela Merkel a significant victory in her bid to master the debt crisis that has buffeted the Continent for years and endangered its common currency, granting approval to one of the key pillars of her strategy.”

* Netanyahu and Obama appear to be playing a provocative diplomatic game of chess right now. What’s going on? Robert Wright has a good Q&A on the latest developments.

* Rep. David Rivera (R-Fla.) is arguably the most scandal-plagued member of Congress. This week, his troubles managed to get worse.

* Conservatives in Missouri’s legislature overrode a gubernatorial veto in order to restrict contraception access. Yes, Republicans are still working on this issue.

* And finally, “Fox & Friends” today clarified its ridiculous unemployment graphic aired yesterday, but by relying only on the U-6 rate starting in January 2009, today’s report is still misleading.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Wednesday's Mini-Report

Updated