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

* “Decisive” talks are prepared to begin in Egypt between Israel and Hamas.

* CNBC: “Citigroup has agreed to merge its Smith Barney brokerage unit into Morgan Stanley’s brokerage operations, the first step in ultimately shedding Smith Barney and a move away from the financial supermarket model that Citigroup has followed for the past decade.”

* The first veto threat: “President-elect Barack Obama made his first veto threat Tuesday in a closed-door meeting with Senate Democrats. Obama told his former colleagues that if Congress passes a resolution blocking release of the second half of the financial bailout funds he will veto it, said Sen. Joseph Lieberman after leaving the caucus meeting.”

* House Republicans will oppose additional bailout funds for the Obama administration.

* Hillary Clinton’s confirmation hearing seemed to go very well today. Shaun Donovan (HUD) and Arne Duncan (Education) also seemed to have successful hearings.

* I’ve heard nothing but good things about Obama nominating Julius Genachowski, an adviser on technology issues during the campaign and longtime friend to the incoming president, to become the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

* Obama is going to nominate the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ William Corr as deputy director of the Department of Health and Human Services. Good move.

* Lt. Gen. Douglas E. Lute will stay on in his role of coordinating Iraq and Afghanistan policy out of the National Security Council.

* This is one of the many reasons the FDA has become a joke under Bush.

* How about a financial transactions tax?

* Jon Stewart argues that Obama is being far too professional and respectful to serve as president.

* I’m really looking forward to the day when conservatives start treating “24” like the fictional program it is. I suspect, however, that such a day will never come.

* Mike Huckabee wants everyone to know he’s “not ‘pro-gay.’” I think we knew that.

* The Internet “may not be such a dangerous place for children after all.”

* Suddenly, the NRA isn’t conservative enough for some far-right bloggers who want the gun group to help defeat Eric Holder’s nomination.

* The National Portrait Gallery was going to feature a caption under George W. Bush’s portrait noting that the attacks of Sept. 11 “led to” the war in Iraq. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) made them fix it.

* Oddly enough, Condoleezza Rice indirectly argued that the United States is not a democratic, multiethnic state.

* And one more Bushism from yesterday’s press conference: “I’m telling you there’s an enemy that would like to attack America, Americans, again. There just is. That’s the reality of the world. And I wish him all the very best.”

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.