Monday’s Mini-Report

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

* A U.S. soldier shot and killed five fellow soldiers at a stress clinic a U.S. base in Baghdad. It appears to be the worst case of soldier-on-soldier violence since the start over the war.

* The Obama administration intends to replace Gen. David McKiernan with Special Operations commander Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal in Afghanistan. Joe Klein seems to think that’s a good move.

* Roxana Saberi will be released from an Iranian prison. That’s great news.

* Three people have now died in the U.S. from H1N1. The CDC noted today, however, that the virus is spreading so quickly, it’s hard to count confirmed cases.

* AP: “Two days of shelling across Sri Lanka’s northern war zone killed at least 430 ethnic Tamil civilians — and likely as many as 1,000 — a government doctor in the area said Monday. The United Nations branded the attacks a ‘bloodbath.'”

* The space shuttle Atlantis is en route to the Hubble Space Telescope.

* Robert Gibbs doesn’t seem to mind at all when Dick Cheney goes on the attack.

* Interesting: “Former Senator Bob Graham, who received a classified briefing on terror detainees during the same month in the fall of 2002 as Nancy Pelosi, was not briefed about the use of either waterboarding or enhanced interrogation techniques during the meeting, he claimed in an interview with [Greg Sargent].”

* Local efforts to deter piracy are growing in Somalia.

* Fascinating item from Peter Dizikes about the “growing blue state-red state gap” surrounding stem-cell research.

* CBS Sports golf analyst David Feherty apologized yesterday (for this). No word on whether the network has plans to punish him or not.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

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Steve Benen

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.