Monday’s Mini-Report

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

* The market is back up over 9,000 again, at least for now, with the Dow closing up over 400 points.

* Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke approves of the idea of a second stimulus package.

* Joe Biden allowed reporters to sift through his medical files for several hours today, and made his personal physician available to reporters. Biden appears to be in fine health.

* Romney stammered when asked if Sarah Palin is ready to lead the nation. Oops.

* Over the weekend, a Republican political consultant, who owns a firm that’s been registering hundreds of thousands of voters and gathering petition signatures, was busted for … wait for it … voter registration fraud.

* Contrary to what Dana Milbank reported last week, the Secret Service denies having any role in keeping journalists from talking to voters at McCain/Palin rallies.

* Judith Miller is ending up at Fox News.

* Taking infrastructure seriously again. What a concept.

* The “fair tax” really is pure policy insanity.

* Bill Kristol thinks 9/11 “did not result in a much-feared (by intellectuals) wave of popular Islamophobia or xenophobia.” I’m pretty sure that’s false.

* Are election boards ready for November 4?

* Rep. Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.) was found guilty of driving while under the influence.

* And it’s one thing to for Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) to call for a new round of McCarthyism, but it’s slightly worse for her to lie about it. Note to Bachmann: you’re only making matters worse.

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.