Tuesday’s Mini-Report

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

* After dropping to a five-year low yesterday, the Dow soared by about 900 points today.

* It took a while, but Sarah Palin finally agreed that Ted Stevens should resign.

* Just think, if you only watched Fox News, you probably wouldn’t even know that Stevens was a convicted felon.

* If you build it, they will watch: in just its second month, “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC is beating CNN’s “Larry King Live” in the key demo that advertisers care about.

* Another Republican is backing Obama: this time, it’s former Rep. Charles McC. Mathias Jr. of Maryland.

* Wait, the McCain’s Keating scandal can get worse.

* It’s painful to think 15% of women in the Armed Services who served in Iraq or Afghanistan were victims of sexual assault or sexual harassment during their tours of duty. It’s also completely unacceptable.

* I’m disappointed the Christian Science Monitor is going to be a weekly instead of a daily. It’s a good paper.

* I find it hard to relate to someone who uses words like “intellectualoids.”

* Great, now we have right-wing blowhards attacking the poor. Classy.

* Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita has become quite an embarrassment to himself.

* Notice how calm the Obama campaign’s Bill Burton seems while Fox News’ Megyn Kelly gets angry.

* And finally, my most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Dean Barnett, who died yesterday after a lengthy fight with cystic fibrosis. He was just 41 years old.

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.