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

* The Dow finished up nearly 400 points today. This, combined with Friday’s gains, mark the Dow’s biggest two-day percentage gain since October 1987.

* Home prices plunged in October.

* Rep. Virgil Goode (R-Va.), one of Congress’ most offensive members, was declared the loser of his competitive House race today. He’s demanding a recount.

* I’m not sure if there’s any real point to polling voters on Obama’s transition, but for what it’s worth, 67% approve of the president-elect’s efforts thus far.

* Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack (D) will not be the next Secretary of Agriculture.

* Wal-Mart fired Jim Hirni, its top in-house Republican lobbyist, for his ties to the Jack Abramoff corruption scandal.

* I really didn’t think Dick Morris could get any lower. I stand corrected.

* GM’s CEO got the message about traveling to Washington in a private jet.

* A good piece on EFCA from John Blevins.

* Some of the major daily newspapers found a way to make a whole lot of quick, easy money: sell Obama-related stuff.

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.