Today's edition of quick hits:
* The object that North Korea sent into space early Thursday appears to be "tumbling out of control" as it orbits the earth.
* Syria: "United States officials confirm to NBC News that for the first time in the Syrian conflict, the Syrian military has been firing Scud missiles at rebel fighters in northern Syria. The officials report that as many as eight Scud missiles have been fired over the past several days."
* In related news, President Obama, hoping to apply further pressure to the Assad regime, has decided to "formally recognize a coalition of Syrian opposition groups as that country's legitimate representative."
* A burgeoning constitutional crisis in Egypt: "Egypt's main opposition coalition urged followers on Wednesday to vote against an Islamist-backed draft constitution in a divisive referendum scheduled for Saturday and vowed to fight the charter even if it is approved."
* A deadly shooting with no apparent motive: "The masked gunman who killed two people and wounded a third at an Oregon mall packed with holiday shoppers before committing suicide was identified Wednesday as Jacob Tyler Roberts, 22." The local sheriff told reporters today, "This could have been much, much worse," Roberts said.
* As had been rumored in recent weeks, Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will serve on the Senate Banking Committee, much to the chagrin of Wall Street's lobbyists.
* A leading Republican pollster believes his party is running out of white people.
* An unpaid intern in Sen. Bob Menendez's (D) office turned out to be a registered sex offender an immigrant who entered the country illegally.
* And Politifact gave the Lie of the Year "honor" to Mitt Romney, though I agree with Joan Walsh -- the editors picked the right guy, but the wrong whopper.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.