Today's edition of quick hits:
* It's awfully tough to blame President Obama for feeling frustrated.
* Syria: "The United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a statement on Wednesday condemning as appalling the violence in the Syria conflict and requesting that all combatants permit humanitarian aid to flow unimpeded in the country, where millions of civilians have been uprooted and one third of the housing has been damaged or destroyed."
* Congress interferes with diplomacy: "The White House said early Wednesday that President Obama was cancelling his upcoming trips to Malaysia and the Philippines because of the partial shutdown of the federal government."
* Then maybe he shouldn't have orchestrated a government shutdown: "Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) warned on Wednesday that the government shutdown could lead to terrorist attacks against the United States."
* National security: "Nations looking to recruit U.S. spies have an opportunity in the government shutdown, the national intelligence director said Wednesday. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said it could be easier for enemies to recruit U.S. spies among the federal employees hit by furloughs from the sequester, and now the shutdown."
* It wouldn't pass the Senate anyway: "The White House on Wednesday renewed its vow to block the piecemeal funding approach pushed by House Republicans."
* Keeping the issue alive: "Even after two key House Republicans left an immigration group and halted progress on drafting an immigration bill, House Democrats are not losing hope on an immigration reform overhaul. On Wednesday, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) along with other Democrat cosponsors held a press conference to introduce a comprehensive immigration bill based on bipartisan policy." Benjy Sarlin has more.
* I don't think Gretchen Carlson fully gets the humor of "The Daily Show."
* And speaking of a fake-news enterprise: "Fox News is trying to downplay the effects of the Republican-led government shutdown by replacing 'shutdown' with 'slimdown' in Associated Press reports posted on FoxNews.com. The changes have appeared in headlines, a photo caption, and story ledes."
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.