Monday’s Mini-Report

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

* Wall Street had a very good day for a change, and the Dow soared 936 points, the biggest single-day point gain ever. As a percentage, the Dow closed 11.1% higher, the fourth best in market history.

* A second stimulus is likely, eventually.

* “Jobs, baby, jobs.”

* Did Obama push Iraqi leaders to delay a security agreement with the administration? Of course not.

* In 2006, Mark Foley’s sex scandal cost him his career. It now appears his replacement, Rep. Tim Mahoney (D-Fla.), will also see his career fall apart in 2008 thanks to his own sex scandal. What is with that district?

* If McCain/Palin wins on Election Day, Tina Fey plans to leave Earth.

* McCain was for ACORN before he was against it.

* On a related note, here’s a dose of reality in response to the ACORN hysteria.

* Sarah Palin’s claims on the stump aren’t just wrong, they’re pants-on-fire wrong.

* My friend Adam Serwer has a thought-provoking piece today on conservative attempts to call Obama a “socialist”: “Right-wing attempts to paint Barack Obama as a socialist aren’t just disingenuous. They’re rooted in a history of conservative smears against black leaders.”

* Fred Hiatt is still trying to exonerate John McCain. It’s still not working.

* Just as important as some racist nut at a McCain rally is what other McCain supporters do in reaction to the racist nut.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Washington Monthly - Donate today and your gift will be doubled!

Support Nonprofit Journalism

If you enjoyed this article, consider making a donation to help us produce more like it. The Washington Monthly was founded in 1969 to tell the stories of how government really works—and how to make it work better. Fifty years later, the need for incisive analysis and new, progressive policy ideas is clearer than ever. As a nonprofit, we rely on support from readers like you.

Yes, I’ll make a donation

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.