Monday’s Mini-Report

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

* A relatively quiet day on Wall Street, with the three major indexes closing down slightly.

* Obama is now officially the president-elect.

* Muntader al-Zaidi, the Iraqi reporter who threw his shoes at the president, has become something of a cause celebre in the Middle East.

* It looks like the WSJ’s report this morning on net neutrality got some key details wrong. Scott Gilbertson has a rundown of the different angles. (By the way, the WSJ report suggested Obama’s support for net neutrality is waning. In reality, Obama is still an enthusiastic supporter.)

* If you haven’t caught up — I’m a little behind myself — the story of Bernard Madoff and his $50 billion Ponzi scheme is just breathtaking.

* Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion will head Obama’s new White House office of Urban Policy.

* It’s a bit of a surprise, but Time‘s Jay Carney will be Joe Biden’s communications director in the OVP.

* TPMM: “Mitchell Wade, the contractor who in 2006 pleaded guilty to bribing Duke Cunningham to the tune of over $1 million, was sentenced moments ago to 30 months in federal prison, and ordered to pay a $25,000 fine.”

* A fired caused serious damage to Sarah Palin’s church on Friday night.

* Obama continues to reach out to members of Congress individually, to the surprise of members from both parties. “This is unheard of,” said retiring Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.). “I don’t know of another president-elect who has done this.”

* Bush may deny it, but he really did say, more than once, that the Taliban has been “eliminated.”

* If you haven’t seen Bill Moyers’ interview with Glenn Greenwald, be sure to take a look.

* New sci-fi trailers: “Terminator: Salvation” and “Wolverine.”

* Sen. Jim Bunning’s (R-Ken.) vote against the auto industry isn’t earning him any friends.

* There’s just no reason for refrigerated beaches.

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.