Today's edition of quick hits:
* Turkey's military struck targets inside Syria today "in response to a mortar bomb fired from Syrian territory that killed five Turkish civilians, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's office said in a statement."
* Rumor has it there's some kind of event tonight related to the presidential candidates.
* Tehran: "Tensions over the plunging value of Iran's currency sparked clashes between protesters and security forces in the capital Wednesday, the most significant unrest there in two years and a possible prelude to a more serious threat to political stability."
* A curious twist in Israel: "A growing rift between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his defense minister, Ehud Barak, a political rival, centers on Israel's strategic relations with the United States as Mr. Barak tries to turn the tension between Mr. Netanyahu and Washington to his political advantage."
* Sequester talks: "Remember the Senate's Gang of Six, the three Democrats and three Republicans who worked last year to come up with a deficit-reduction plan? Well, their effort last year didn't go so well. But they are regrouping and have added two new members."
* Todd Akin, strange though it may seem, is not backing down from his belief that doctors sometimes perform abortions on women who "are not actually pregnant."
* Fracking: "Three unusual earthquakes that shook a suburb west of Dallas over the weekend appear to be connected to the past disposal of wastewater from local hydraulic fracturing operations, a geophysicist who has studied earthquakes in the region says."
* Drudge seems to publish a lot of stories that are wrong. Why so many in media continue to take him seriously is a mystery to me.
* Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy continues to dabble in the culture war, reemphasizing his support for "Biblical families" in a new interview with the NBC affiliate in Atlanta. (I wonder how much he really understands about the families featured in the Bible.)
* And yes, it really is time to retire "statistical tie" from the political lexicon. It's never really made any sense, and it's increasingly irrelevant.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.