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

* That’s quite a budget mess Bush is leaving behind.

* Sarah Palin finds very strange reasons to fire people.

* Lieberman will reportedly be unwelcome at Democratic luncheons moving forward.

* And Lieberman’s legislative director resigned this week, in protest of the senator’s betrayal.

* John Boehner doesn’t remember how he spent his summer vacation.

* If I had to pick the worst member of the Senate, it would have to be James Inhofe. But if I had to pick the looniest, it would have to be Kentucky’s Jim Bunning.

* Veterans will, once again, be able to register to vote at federally run nursing homes, shelters for the homeless, and rehabilitation centers across the country.

* Joe Biden explained today that opposition to stem-cell research has real-life consequences for real-life people. Republicans found this outrageous. I don’t know why.

* Take a moment to look at the latest chart from Project for Excellence in Journalism regarding last week’s media coverage, and notice what aspect of the race got the least amount of attention.

* Sebilius thinks Palin is a fad.

* Another Republican House member caught up in Abramoff’s web.

* One actually becomes less informed by reading the New York Post.

* Andrew Sullivan is fine.

* Once in a while, College Republican leaders will drop the pretense and say what they believe. That’s really not a good idea.

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.