MONDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* North Korea, perhaps jealous that Iran has captured international attention, wants everyone to know it intends to “weaponize” all the plutonium in its possession.
* Gen. Stanley McChrystal takes the reins in Afghanistan.
* Ugly day on Wall Street.
* Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech on Palestinian statehood has generated quite a bit of attention, but the conditions he described matter just as much as his “concession.”
* Over the weekend, the president began adding new details to his plan to pay for health care reform, including $313 billion in new proposed savings.
* A New York state senator who’d flipped to the GOP flipped back today, bringing the chamber back to parity between the two parties.
* Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and one of Congress’s more influential voices on foreign affairs, told reporters today that Obama deserves an “A” on foreign policy thus far.
* Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is still talking about a filibuster against Judge Sonia Sotomayor.
* John McCain’s understanding of health care policy hasn’t progressed at all since his presidential campaign.
* Six Flags has declared bankruptcy.
* The Congressional Black Caucus would like to see more diversity on the Sunday political talk shows. It’s a good point.
* Great piece of reporting from Matt Kennard on the U.S. military ignoring its own regulations and permitting white supremacists to join its ranks.
* And a stimulus history lesson from Paul Krugman that Republicans may want to keep in mind.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.