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

* The Dow fell another 508 points today, closing at its lowest point since Sept. 30, 2003.

* The Federal Reserve is poised to buy “massive amounts of short-term debt.” (thanks for the reminder, R.K.)

* Over the last 15 months, Americans’ retirement plans have lost as much as $2 trillion.

* White House Press Secretary Dana Perino isn’t sure if there’s a recession. I think she’s the only one who remains undecided.

* McCain’s record on veterans’ issues leaves much to be desired.

* Bush’s approval rating is down to a stunning 25%. When Nixon resigned in disgrace, his approval rating was 24%.

* Gallup also found that only 9% of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the country. That’s the lowest total in the history of Gallup polls.

* Might opponents of marriage equality actually win in California? I thought this one was going to be an easy win for the good guys. Apparently not.

* It appears that far-right hatchet-man Jerome Corsi did not have a successful trip to Kenya.

* In case there were any lingering doubts, the story about Sarah Palin, Wasilla, and charging victims for rape kits has not been debunked.

* Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) has had political contributors pay for his rent, his utility bills, his travel, and now, even his clothes.

* Remember that Republican in the Louisiana state House who wanted to pay poor women to have their Fallopian tubes tied? He’s been removed from his role as the vice chairman of the House Health and Welfare Committee.

* Meet Andy Martin.

* Richard Cohen wonders what would have happened if Hillary Clinton had acted like Sarah Palin during a nationally televised debate. It’s a very good question.

* And a quick scheduling note: we’ll be back later with coverage of the presidential debate, including some liveblogging from my friend Hilzoy.

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.