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

* Brutal news on the job market today, with six major corporations announcing combined layoffs of over 68,000 people.

* Two military helicopters crashed in Iraq today, killing four U.S. service members.

* Congress is poised to give the Federal Reserve significant new powers to regulate the financial system.

* Roadside bomb attacks in Afghanistan hit a record in 2008, and increased 45% over the year before. The result was 161 fatalities among coalition troops — double 2007.

* This is Fox News at its most destructive and irresponsible.

* Drew Westen makes the case for a new narrative to replace the “government is the problem” meme. (thanks to R.K. for the heads-up)

* Obama still intends to ban weapons in space. (via Blue Girl)

* On Google Maps, the Vice President’s home will no longer be blurred.

* Althouse has a habit of writing very silly things.

* Robert Reich doesn’t like it when the usual right-wing blowhards lie about his beliefs.

* It’s very cool that Lisa Heinzerling is joining the EPA to advise Lisa Jackson on climate change.

* I’m sorry to see Dr. Larry Altman retire.

* The Washington Post‘s Fred Hiatt believes Bill Kristol is a “very smart” person who “wrote a good column” for the New York Times. Maybe he’s thinking of a different Bill Kristol.

* Putting Guantanamo Bay detainees in Alcatraz is a very bad idea.

* When Bill Bennett starts disagreeing with him publicly, you know Rush Limbaugh has gone completely over the edge.

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.