Tuesday’s Mini-Report

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

* The Dow dropped another 230 points today.

* Palin apologized today for her “pro-America areas” remark from the other day.

* On a related note, Palin still seems a little confused about the V.P.’s responsibilities.

* Bush has stated his desire to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, but he’s not actually going to follow through.

* The smartest thing MSNBC has ever done is give Rachel Maddow a prime-time show: “Maddow … has done something that is virtually unheard of: she has doubled the audience for a cable news channel’s 9 p.m. hour in a matter of days.” I can’t overstate how encouraging this is.

* Speaking of MSNBC, Chris Matthews wants to chat with Michelle Bachmann again. I’m not surprised — the ratings would be huge.

* Conservatives looking for encouraging presidential polls have begun touting online polling of children. Seriously.

* Has Drudge’s campaign influence evaporated? Eric Boehlert makes a compelling case that it has.

* Amusing voting anecdote from an Obama supporter in Southwest Kansas.

* Seriously, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) is really unimpressed with the Republican ticket.

* Apparently, there’s some bizarre rumor circulating in far-right circles about Michelle Obama ordering lobster at the Waldorf Astoria. It’s not true.

* The RNC’s complaints about ACORN keep falling apart.

* On a related note, the RNC’s small-donor database is apparently little more than a publicity stunt.

* Beneath contempt: “A dead bear was found dumped this morning on the Western Carolina University campus, draped with a pair of Obama campaign signs, university police said.”

* Homelessness has largely been on the decline, but it appears to be rising again.

* Don’t let the door hit you on the wait out, Scott Bloch.

* And finally, a Pennsylvania state rep named Tim Mahoney is working hard to make sure he’s not that Tim Mahoney.

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.