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

* The major indexes on Wall Street were expected to soar in light of the new Geithner plan on toxic assets. And soar they did.

* On a related note, it probably helped that there was an unexpected boost in existing home sales.

* Bloodshed in Baghdad: “At least 25 people were killed and 45 were injured when a man walked into a tent of mourners and detonated himself in a town north of Baghdad on Monday evening. The death toll was expected to rise, hospital officials said.”

* An encouraging move: “A federal court today ordered the Food and Drug Administration to reconsider the agency’s controversial decision limiting non-prescription access to the morning-after pill Plan B to women age 18 and older.”

* Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) is on a quixotic crusade against U.S. Ambassador-designate to Iraq Christopher Hill.

* From a tactical perspective, the U.S. drone campaign in Pakistan has been quite a success.

* Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) has successfully battled breast cancer over the past year, in a remarkable fight that included seven major surgeries, a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery,” while balancing motherhood, Congress and her roles as a chief fundraiser for House Democrats and a political surrogate, first for Hillary Clinton and then for Barack Obama.”

* Introducing, “Financial Media Matters.”

* Chris Matthews got the new contract he wanted from MSNBC.

* It’s great to see the State Department embracing new media.

* JP Morgan should probably not talk about new corporate jets for quite a while.

* There are a lot of things Fox News needs to change, but hiring intelligent chyron writers would be a big first step.

* John Kerry tackles an interesting asylum case.

* Howard Dean is already making CNBC better. (He’s not picking sides, though, between Jon Stewart and Jim Cramer.)

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.