Today’s edition of quick hits:
* The Senate vote on the bipartisan deal to reopen the government and extend the debt limit should happen any minute now. It’s expected to pass with relative ease.
* The Chamber of Commerce wants lawmakers to support the agreement; Club for Growth and Heritage Action don’t.
* Back pay: “A Senate deal to open the government and raise the debt ceiling would also grant back pay to an estimated 800,000 furloughed federal workers.”
* Gradual diplomatic progress: “Iran and a group of six world powers said on Wednesday that they had engaged in ‘substantive’ and ‘forward-looking’ discussions on the disputed Iranian nuclear program and that they would reconvene in early November.”
* Pakistan: “A suicide bomber killed a senior provincial official and at least nine guests at the official’s home in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, in the most high-profile political assassination by the Islamist insurgency there this year.”
* NSA: “The director of the U.S. National Security Agency and his deputy are expected to depart in the coming months, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, in a development that could give President Barack Obama a chance to reshape the eavesdropping agency.”
* Philippines: “The death toll from a powerful earthquake that shook the Philippines rose to 144 on Wednesday, with nearly 300 people injured in the quake, which caused widespread damage and smashed one of the country’s oldest churches, officials said. Eduardo del Rosario, the civil defense director of the Philippines, said that 291 people were injured in Tuesday’s quake by the latest count.”
* When all else fails, congressional Republicans can always blame their problems on journalists.
* Judge Richard Posner of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals helped establish voter-ID laws as constitutionally permissible. He now regrets the mistake.
* And speaking of mistaken judges: “Justice Antonin Scalia is raising eyebrows again with new racially charged comments from the bench. ‘The 14th Amendment protects all races,’ said Scalia, not ‘only the blacks.’”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.