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

* Why the stimulus is too small.

* Nissan is slashing 20,000 jobs.

* Joe Biden’s remarks over the weekend at a security conference in Munich were well received by Russian officials.

* The fires in Australia are just brutal.

* Now here’s a provocative idea from a “Political Animal” regular: marijuana legalization as an economic stimulus?

* When Michael Steele complains about “bling, bling” in the stimulus bill, you know he’s trying a little too hard.

* In addition to taking policy advice from “Joe the Plumber,” Republicans are now taking communications advice from Michelle Malkin.

* Despite some reports to the contrary, it appears Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) had a good reason for turning down Obama’s Air Force One invitation.

* John Thain, please stop talking.

* Owen West, a Marine vet who served two tours in Iraq, makes the case for ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

* The Senate bill could be improved quickly and effectively by dropping the AMT patch.

* The media’s coverage of the stimulus debate has been pretty painful.

* Marc Ambinder ponders what a “depression” actually is.

* Congratulations to Jesse Lee, the new White House Online Programs Director.

* It’s encouraging to see that there will be at least one openly-gay person on the White House’s policy council of the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

* Something seems to have gone terribly wrong with the Council on Foreign Relations.

* I wonder what the holidays are like at Woodhouse family gatherings.

* And finally, it appears Ann Coulter is under investigation for voting irregularities.

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.