Monday’s Mini-Report

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

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* In Geneva, at least Iranian officials agreed to discuss their nuclear efforts: “An Iranian negotiator on Monday met with officials from six nations, including the United States, on ways to rein in Iran’s nuclear program.”

* A big case at the high court: “The Supreme Court on Monday accepted what will likely become the highest-profile business case of the year, agreeing to decide whether 1.5 million female employees of Wal-Mart can pursue job discrimination claims in the largest employment class-action suit in the country’s history.”

* As tax policy talks continue, the latest word is that the administration’s “Making Work Pay” tax credit wouldn’t make it into the final package, but it would be replaced with a one-year reduction in payroll taxes for workers.

* Gen. David Petraeus said he’s encouraged by progress in Afghanistan, but was asked whether the Afghan army can take the lead by NATO’s 2014 deadline. He replied, “I think — no commander ever is going to come out and say, ‘I’m confident that we can do this.’ I think that you say that you assess that this is — you believe this is, you know, a reasonable prospect and knowing how important it is — that we have to do everything we can to increase the chances of that prospect.”

* Jonathan Cohn has a good piece on how congressional Republicans’ handling of the “doc fix” is ridiculous. Ron Chusid has more.

* This could prove to be a fascinating case: “The Fox News network has solicited the services of a prominent D.C. law firm and an equally prominent campaign finance lawyer to ward off a suit alleging that it made illegal in-kind contributions to a Republican gubernatorial candidate.”

* The Justice Department investigation into Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.) has reportedly come to an end after four years.

* Maybe I have an odd sense of humor, but I find it amusing, in a tragic sort of way, that an undercover FBI agent infiltrated a mosque and was so overly aggressive, Muslim congregants felt compelled to get in touch with the FBI.

* Reports suggest that Elizabeth Edwards’ health has taken a turn for the worse.

* Among its other problems, the Simpson/Bowles deficit commission wouldn’t do any favors for higher ed.

* And as far as Glenn Beck is concerned, there are roughly 157 million Islamic terrorists in the world. The voices in that guy’s head sure do come up with some crazy nonsense.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.