Today’s edition of quick hits:
* More on Mali on tonight's show: "Islamic extremists armed with guns and grenades stormed a hotel packed with foreigners Friday in the former French colony of Mali, killing more than two dozen people and briefly taking scores more hostage. Twenty-seven guests and workers were killed, the Associated Press reported, citing United Nations officials. The two jihadi attackers were also dead, according to the AP."
* Paris: "A third person was killed in the anti-terror raid that targeted the Paris attack ringleader, officials confirmed Friday as the hunt continued for a suspected accomplice."
* Pollard: "Jonathan J. Pollard, the American convicted of spying for Israel, walked out of prison early on Friday after 30 years, but the Obama administration had no plans to let him leave the country and move to Israel and his lawyers immediately went to court to challenge his parole conditions."
* VW scandal: "Volkswagen Group's emissions scandal grew Friday as the Environmental Protection Agency and California regulators said the automaker had admitted that its 3-liter diesel vehicles from the last seven years had violated clean-air standards."
* An odd defense: "Donald Trump’s willingness to consider a database that would record the names of Muslim Americans has been condemned by 2016 contenders on both the right and the left, and now the 2016 GOP front-runner is saying the idea didn’t originate with him."
* Team Paul: "Two former advisers to Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) were re-indicted by a federal grand jury in Iowa Friday, just weeks after a criminal trial that produced a muddled result."
* A fascinating look inside "the surreal world of the Islamic State’s propaganda machine."
* A story worth watching: "Second-term Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-N.C.) faces a formal investigation into allegations that he continued to run his real-estate business as a lawmaker in violation of House rules, the House Ethics Committee said Thursday. The announcement follows Pittenger’s request last week for such a probe."
* Noted without comment: "Politico is expanding at an aggressive pace, with new outlets opening from Brussels to New Jersey. And now they’re hiring a communications expert with the same aggressive pedigree. The growing news organization has hired Brad Dayspring, the outspoken and occasionally combative Republican political operative with a notorious Twitter feed, to be their vice president of communications."
* The inevitable walk-back in Roanoke: "The mayor of a small southwestern Virginia city apologized on Friday for suggesting that Syrian refugees should be treated like the Japanese Americans who were sent to internment camps during World War II."
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