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

* The Israeli ground offensive moved deeper into Gaza today, and European diplomats are “pouring into the region seeking a cease-fire.”

* Did Israel consider the U.S. presidential transition in the timing of its offensive? Maybe.

* Suicide bombings in Baghdad are not uncommon, but this one was more brutal than most.

* Al Franken was officially named the winner in Minnesota today and the state Canvassing Board certified the results. Norm Coleman will, of course, file a lawsuit. Just a few minutes ago, Franken declared victory at a public event.

* U.S. auto sales completely collapsed in December.

* The House delves into the Bernard Madoff fiasco.

* Patrick Fitzgerald will get 90 additional days to put together the Blagojevich indictment.

* Bill Richardson’s press conference was a bit of a mess today.

* Those nine Muslim American passengers received an apology from AirTran, but the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will likely press for a formal discrimination complaint against the airline.

* Unemployment among college graduates hasn’t been this high since the government started keeping track nearly four decades ago.

* Bob Barr helped author the Defense of Marriage Act, but now he wants it repealed. (Some of his reasoning is partially wrong, but he ends up in the right place.)

* Did politics play a role in delaying the drug arrest of Sarah Palin’s daughter’s boyfriend’s mother? Maybe.

* Kudos to Foreign Policy for putting together a very impressive blogging team.

* Sign of the Times: “In its latest concession to the worst revenue slide since the Depression, The New York Times has begun selling display advertising on its front page, a step that has become increasingly common across the newspaper industry. The first such ad, appearing Monday in color, was bought by CBS.”

* The new Doctor Who strikes me as awfully young for the part.

* Joe Scarborough seems to be getting worse as time goes on.

* And finally, George H.W. Bush was asked yesterday to comment on his son’s failures as president. He responded, “You can go back to your, what do you call it, your Google, and you figure out all that.”

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.