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

* President Obama’s second prime-time conference starts tonight at 8 p.m. eastern.

* According to New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, nine of the top 10 AIG employees who received controversial retention bonuses have agreed to give the money back. The Senate, meanwhile, is slow-walking the House bill on bonuses.

* Good: “Dozens of mountaintop coal-mining permits are being put on hold until the projects’ impacts on streams and wetlands can be reviewed, the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday.”

* Obama had an op-ed today arguing for “the urgent need for global economic cooperation.” In an unusual twist, it appeared in more than 30 newspapers around the world.

* Nice to see some of those Treasury Department vacancies getting nominees.

* The president and some school kids called space today. I love stuff like this.

* There’s plenty of blame to go around for AIG, but very few are blaming the president.

* The latest in a series of reasons to be suspicious of Zogby poll results.

* Al Gore will have a new book out later this year on climate change.

* The state Senate in Vermont approved legislation yesterday in support of same-sex marriage. The final vote was 26 to 4.

* NPR experiences a ratings boom.

* Interview of the Day: Benjamin Sarlin talks to Bo Lundgren, Sweden’s minister for fiscal and financial affairs.

* Remember David Vitter’s airport trouble? He’s in the clear.

* Bill O’Reilly’s ridiculous hatchet job on Amanda Terkel.

* And finally, on a housekeeping note, the articles in the latest issue of the Washington Monthly are now online. Additionally, note that there’s now a sign-up box on the home page allowing readers to sign up for notifications on web-only stories, sneak previews, and other notable releases.

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.