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

* If you happened to miss my interview on the “Rachel Maddow Show” on Monday night, my friend Bill posted the clip. (He also has some thoughts on the backdrop and my makeup. For the record, I wasn’t wearing, nor have I ever worn, lipstick.)

* The Pentagon conceded today that the Bush administration policy in Afghanistan isn’t working.

* McCain/Palin is, even now, lying about the Bridge to Nowhere.

* Newsweek is moving the ball forward on Palin’s “troopergate” scandal.

* The controversy over Palin’s per diems gets a little worse, and a little more hypocritical.

* By the way, Maddow’s first-night numbers looked pretty solid. She beat Larry King.

* Have I ever mentioned how much I loathe the term-limits movement? I’m thrilled to see the backlash.

* The DNC isn’t digging up dirt on Palin in Alaska, despite what the latest dishonest McCain ad claims.

* Good news, the Large Hadron Collider has not destroyed the universe. Just FYI.

* Not surprisingly, the charges against Ted Stevens are going to trial.

* Palin’s eBay story: what really happened.

* It’s amazing how many reporters have added “mind-reading” to their list of talents.

* CBS News isn’t happy about being used in the new McCain ad.

* Fred Thompson doesn’t read much.

* CREW releases its list of the 20 most corrupt members of Congress — and four to watch.

* In an unusual twist, has concluded that the McCain campaign is lying about

* Actor Matt Damon was less than complimentary about Sarah Palin today, describing the prospect of a Palin presidency as akin to a “really bad Disney movie.”

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.