Monday’s Mini-Report

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

* It was another very painful day on Wall Street, with the Dow, at one point, dropping 800 points. It ended up closing down nearly 370 points, for the first close below 10,000 in four years, and its lowest close overall in five years.

* With just days remaining until the final report on the “Troopergate” investigation is due, Palin administration officials have announced their willingness to testify as part of the probe.

* Palin’s tax returns, released quietly on late Friday afternoon, raise a series of new questions.

* Yesterday, a House Republican suggested that Barack Obama’s willingness to question Bush administration policies on foreign policy makes him unpatriotic. This is what’s become of modern Republican thought.

* Richard Clarke is wondering what Osama bin Laden might do to help McCain win in November.

* Joe Klein today called the McCain campaign a “desperate empty embarrassment.” Good for him.

* The FEC has some questions about “excessive” campaign contributions the McCain team has accepted.

* I’m afraid GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz’s critical thinking skills look a little shaky.

* I’m a little surprised McCain isn’t doing more campaigning on weekends.

* Jonah Goldberg had some thoughts yesterday on the Bradley Effect, but his argument wasn’t exactly persuasive.

* Are Palin’s crowds not quite as big as they once were?

* Bill Maher’s “Religulous” went up against David Zucker’s conservative “An American Carol” this weekend at the domestic box office. Maher ended up doing very well.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

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Steve Benen

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.