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

* Deal in the works: “Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama are working on a deal to give her some votes in the presidential nomination roll call, but end the divided balloting quickly with a unanimous consent for Obama.”

* Obama told Bill Clinton, “Mr. President you can say whatever you like” during your convention speech.

* This morning at the New York State delegation breakfast: “Now I understand that the McCain campaign is running ads trying to divide us and let me state what I think about their tactics and these ads: I am Hillary Clinton and I do not approve that message.”

* Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice used some surprisingly kind words to describe Joe Biden.

* Jon Stewart doesn’t think highly of the cable news networks. I don’t blame him.

* No, everyone does not love Karl Rove.

* The AP’s Ron Fournier has caught’s attention.

* I was going to do an item how terribly disappointing it was to see Sean Wilentz’s nasty piece in Newsweek, but it looks like publius already has it covered in a fine post.

* Bill Kristol in January: “Thank you, Senator Obama. You’ve defeated Senator Clinton in Iowa. It looks as if you’re about to beat her in New Hampshire. There will be no Clinton Restoration. A nation turns its grateful eyes to you.” So much for the glass-ceiling talk.

* I can’t remember the last time a national news outlet ran negative ads targeting a rival national news outlet, but that’s Fox News for you.

* For that matter, I can’t remember the last time a national news outlet sent someone to a political convention for the express purpose of “causing trouble,” but that’s Fox News for you.

* “Welcome, rich white oligarchs!

* It’s tough to get eight in 10 Americans to agree on much, but that’s how many people are dissatisfied with the direction of the country.

* What does “Swiftboating 2.0” look like? Media Matters has a chart.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.