Monday’s Mini-Report

MONDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Ugh: “Officials from the Obama administration and oil giant BP say it might take up to three months to seal off a leaking oil well 5,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico that has created a massive environmental crisis that could affect much of the Gulf Coast.”

* BP claims it’s making some progress on stemming oil leaks. Of course, BP has claimed a lot of things.

* The administration has set up a website devoted exclusively to the BP Oil Spill.

* Times Square probe: “The police and F.B.I. investigators have interviewed the owner of the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder found loaded with explosives and rigged to blow up in Times Square, and do not consider that person to be a suspect in the case, the police said on Monday.”

* Not acting alone? “The failed car bombing in Times Square increasingly appears to have been coordinated by more than one person in a plot with international links, Obama administration officials said Tuesday.”

* U.N.: “Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the United Nations’ top leadership used a high-level nuclear conference Monday to publicly scold Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his country’s defiance of U.N. resolutions, while the United States and its European allies staged a walkout to protest Tehran’s nuclear stance.”

* Progress on rescuing Greece, but questions remain.

* Rep. Gene Taylor (D) of Mississippi doesn’t seem to understand oil spills.

* Pakistan: “Army helicopter gunships pounded insurgent hideouts in northwest Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least 22 militants, a government official said.”

* Good: “The FBI has launched a criminal investigation of the Massey Energy Co. mine where earlier this month an explosion killed 29 West Virginia miners, according to the Associated Press.”

* I was mistaken; Alan Greenspan can look worse.

* Moving in the wrong direction on net neutrality.

* Don’t expect Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to quit anytime soon.

* South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) will not face criminal charges.

* It seems pretty likely that, in a few more decades, Asia will have some of the finest universities in the world.

* I’m still not crazy about charter schools.

* There’s some good gay rights provisions in the Senate Dems’ immigration reform blueprint.

* A sad development, about doors I’ve walked through more than a few times: “The Supreme Court is permanently closing its massive, bronze front doors to the public, citing security risks.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.