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

* The McCain campaign will punish news outlets that ask tough questions. Good to know.

* Palin said she had visited Ireland. It turns out, her plane merely refueled there.

* No one asked city clerk of Wasillia for materials on Palin until The Washington Independent’s Laura McGann asked this morning.

* Alberto Gonzales improperly handled classified information, but won’t face criminal prosecution.

* Hmm: “Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki has been on a roll, and American officials are getting worried…. Now, however, U.S. officials in Baghdad worry that success has gone to Maliki’s head. They fear that his tough bargaining on a long-term security agreement with the United States is a sign that Maliki thinks he can move ahead on his own.”

* Palin’s lawyers are dragging their feet on the investigation into her abuse-of-power scandal.

* I guarantee the McCain campaign won’t be pleased with the new cover of US Weekly.

* Palin and Abramoff had a lobbyist in common.

* It’s stunning how Amy Goodman was treated while covering a demonstration at the Republican convention.

* Good point: “Looking at the Sarah Palin debacle, one is reminded that one of the principal powers of the presidency is the power to appoint people — federal judges, ambassadors, cabinet secretaries, subcabinet officials, FEC members, the Amtrak board, all kinds of things. Presidents don’t always put the best people in these positions, but normally they give the matter some thought.”

* Some Republicans are still claiming Palin opposed the “bridge to nowhere.” Do they know they’re lying, or do they just no longer care?

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.