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

* I’m scheduled to be a guest on MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” this evening. The show starts at 9 p.m. eastern, and I hope readers will tune in.

* Thomas Friedman did a nice job this morning trashing the McCain/GOP energy policy on “Good Morning America.”

* To hear the McCain campaign tell it, we not only have Sarah Palin media interviews to look forward to, but also Sarah Palin press conferences. I’ll believe it when I see it.

* The Abramoff scandal never really ends; there are always more people to get indicted.

* Republicans wanted to get state Sen. Hollis French, a Democrat from Anchorage, removed from his role overseeing the probe into Palin’s abuse of power scandal. French, however, is staying right where he is.

* Senate Republicans are apparently considering another government shutdown. Harry Reid is encouraging them to be less irresponsible.

* I’m not sure how the right came up with this anti-Oprah nonsense, but Oprah hasn’t had any national candidates on her show this year, so she hasn’t snubbed Palin (or McCain, or Biden, or Obama).

* The McCain gang sure does repeat that “Bridge to Nowhere” lie a lot.

* Monty Python alum Michael Palin for President?

* There’s a list going around of books Sarah Palin allegedly wanted to ban in the Wasilla library. It’s not true.

* There won’t be time for another S-CHIP vote before Congress adjourns for the year.

* And finally, some good questions from the Washington Post editorial board: “Was Alberto R. Gonzales the least intellectually gifted attorney general in history? Did he possess the worst memory? Was he incapable of telling the truth? All of the above?”

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.