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

* A very unpleasant day on Wall Street: “The Dow Jones industrial average lost 500 points, or 4.4%, according to early tallies. It was the biggest one-day point decline for the Dow since Sept. 17, 2001, when the market reopened for trading after having been closed in the aftermath of 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 4.5% and the Nasdaq composite lost 3.6%.”

* Former Alaskan Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan is quite sure that Sarah Palin lied to ABC News about the “troopergate” scandal.

* Palin’s email use as governor continues to be a lingering source of controversy.

* A number of readers have asked if I might consider pulling together a single document that details the McCain campaign’s documented lies. It looks like the DNC is already on the case.

* On a related note, Tom Toles gets it.

* Now there’s a good headline I didn’t expect to see in U.S. News: “John McCain’s Journey From Maverick to Liar.”

* Unemployment is hitting American women especially hard.

* Americans remain skeptical about vesting too much power in the hands of the Executive Branch.

* A funny thing happens to conservatives when they’re confronted with facts that correct their mistaken impressions — they’re more likely to believe what’s been proven false.

* That’s quite an operation Cheney has run.

* Joe Klein explains the wingnut canon: “[T]hey are, at base, ideologues not intellectuals, propagandists not journalists, thugs not thinkers.”

* Todd Palin’s first chat will be with Fox News.

* The more Obama says this, the better: “If you believe (fill in the blank from McCain), I’ve got a bridge to sell you in Alaska.”

* Charlie Rangel’s troubles get a little worse.

* And finally, in his most unintentionally hilarious column ever, Bill Kristol rails against the political establishment — without a hint of irony.

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.