Tuesday’s Mini-Report

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

* Another bad day on Wall Street, with the three biggest indexes falling about 1% each.

* The housing market continues to look bleak, and may not have reached the bottom yet.

* The Bernard Madoff fiasco gets even more tragic: Rene-Thierry Magon de la Villehuchet, who founded an investment fund that lost millions with Madooff, apparently committed suicide overnight.

* Obama/Biden doesn’t want to see Congress load up a stimulus package with a lot of earmarks. Good luck with that.

* The LA Times forgets the importance of disclosure.

* More members of Obama’s national security team were announced today.

* Howard Wolfson isn’t headed to the State Department, but he is going to Michael Bloomberg’s re-election campaign.

* Some of Obama’s detractors need geography lessons.

* Federal prosecutors seem to have seriously mishandled the Ted Stevens prosecution.

* I had no idea so many presidents had been photographed without their shirts on.

* I guess Rick Warren is embarrassed about some of his church’s anti-gay messages?

* Even now, Fox News personalities are still repeating nonsense about the Community Reinvestment Act.

* Congrats to Dan Drezner on his new blogging gig.

* There’s been some good discussion around the ‘sphere today about the structural problems facing the newspaper industry. I found Kevin’s thinking very much in line with my own.

* Bret Baier will replace Brit Hume as Fox News’ “Special Report” anchor.

* The “War on Christmas” nonsense is definitely muted this year, but some conservatives just can’t help themselves.

* I really do think Festivus is a great holiday.

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.