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Friday's Mini-Report

<p>Today's edition of quick hits:* Israeli crisis intensifies: "On the third day of escalating violence between Israel and Gaza, air

Today's edition of quick hits:

* Israeli crisis intensifies: "On the third day of escalating violence between Israel and Gaza, air raid sirens cried out in Israel's two largest cities, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, as residents moved into underground shelters, NBC reporters on the scene said."

* Another Gulf blast: "Two workers were missing and 11 were airlifted to hospitals Friday after an explosion and fire aboard a Gulf of Mexico oil rig that was apparently triggered by workers using a torch to cut into a pipe, the U.S. Coast Guard said."

* More optimism: "Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said Friday that he believed a budget deal could be accomplished 'within several weeks' and stated that the tone of a meeting with congressional leaders was 'very good.'"

* New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) conceded today that Mitt Romney's "gifts" comments this week were "a terrible thing to say." Christie added, "You can't expect to be the leader of all the people and be divisive."

* Ireland: "The death of a 31-year-old woman who was denied an abortion during a life-threatening miscarriage has prompted calls for clarity in Ireland's abortion laws."

* Hostess will close its doors after 83 years, but Twinkies will live on.

* Fox News aired a high-profile exclusive on the attack in Benghazi, which got key details wrong, and which has not been corrected.

* President Obama's favorability rating has reached a three-year high in the wake of his election victory.

* Term limits are supposed to force Paul Ryan from his House Budget Committee chairmanship, but Republicans are waiving the rule for him -- and only him.

* And Bill O'Reilly told viewers this week, with a completely straight face, "There are entire media operations that exist solely to promote ideology -- obviously a bad situation that is getting worse."

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