Wednesday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* The wildfire crisis in Colorado is getting worse, and the blaze has grown to more than 15,000 acres.

* President Obama will travel to Colorado on Friday to tour areas devastated by the fire.

* Syrian violence: “Syria said Wednesday that rebels stormed a pro-government television station in a Damascus suburb, killing employees and blowing up the station in an audacious predawn assault, but rebels said the attackers were defectors from the elite Republican Guard, considered to be the most loyal core defenders of President Bashar al-Assad.”

* The transportation bill may come together after all, but time is running out.

* You might think you understand the basics of the “Fast and Furious” controversy. But what if I told you there was no gun-walking operation and no one allowed guns to cross the border on purpose?

* I’m not overly impressed with the details of the student-loan deal, but I’m glad it’s done. I’d be even more glad if I had any confidence in the House to pass it.

* This should be interesting: “Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman of New York has begun investigating contributions to tax-exempt groups that are heavily involved in political campaigns, focusing on a case involving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.”

* The center-right editorial board of the Washington Post believes Antonin Scalia is bringing “partisan discredit” to the high court, and E.J. Dionne Jr. makes a compelling case that Scalia should resign.

* I remember Obama pushing for this a few years ago: “A four-team playoff for college football has been formally approved by a presidential oversight committee, a dramatic change for the sport that will begin in 2014 and continue through the 2025 season.”

* And leave it to Doonesbury to capture the difference between government service and private equity in just eight frames.

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Wednesday's Mini-Report

Updated