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

* It took a while, but the U.N. Security Council expressed its disapproval today of North Korea’s recent missile launch.

* The anti-government protests are getting pretty intense in Thailand.

* Will U.S. troops be out of Iraq by late 2011, as per the administration’s withdrawal timeline? Gen. Ray Odierno, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, believes so.

* Defending the network’s association with the right-wing Tea Parties, Fox News’ Neil Cavuto reminded viewers over the weekend, “We were there for the Million Man March” in 1995. Fox News, of course, didn’t exist until 1996.

* I’m glad to see the Department of Veterans Affairs follow up on the confiscation of a WAMU radio reporter’s recording equipment during a public forum.

* My nominee for Wanker of the Day: Dick Gephardt.

* Club for Growth gets a new far-right chairman.

* It appears the hostage standoff with Somali pirates drove a lot of conservative leaders completely around the bend.

* Speaking of the pirates, some conservatives deserve credit for creativity.

* Hey look, John Bolton has called for endorsed a military assault and ground invasion of another country. It must be a day that ends in “y.” This time, the target is Somalia.

* Some changes afoot at TPM, including the departure of Elana Schor.

* Someday, Newt Gingrich will see the value in spouting less nonsense. I wonder when that day will be.

* And finally, Fox News’ Glenn Beck is launching a six-date comedy tour in June. Seriously. Apparently, his on-air insights were quite comical enough, so the self-described “circus clown” is taking his act on the road.

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.