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

* Afghanistan: “A bomb exploded near a police convoy Monday morning in Herat, the main city in Western Afghanistan, killing at least 10 people and wounding at least 29. The Taliban claimed responsibility, saying that a local police chief had been the target. The attack, less than three weeks before scheduled presidential elections, happened in a busy neighborhood in Herat as children were on their way to school.”

* Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was formally given a second term as Iran’s president today. Under the circumstances, the ceremony was a little awkward.

* And speaking of Iran, officials opened a mass trial over the weekend against more than 100 alleged dissidents. Raise your hand if you think the proceedings will be fair.

* Also in Iran, there are ongoing questions as to the whereabouts of three Americans “believed to have been arrested by Iranian authorities after going on a hiking trip in neighboring Iraq.”

* The days may be numbered for “Cash for Clunkers.”

* Not a bad size settlement: “The Securities and Exchange Commission today said Bank of America Corp. has agreed to pay $33 million to settle charges the Charlotte bank misled investors about bonuses paid to Merrill Lynch & Co. executives.”

* The White House maintains its commitment not to raise taxes on the middle class.

* After 18 years, the remains of Navy Capt. Michael Scott Speicher have been identified and are being returned to the U.S.

* In a move exacerbating tensions, Israeli security forces evicted two more Palestinian families in East Jerusalem yesterday. The U.S. State Department condemned the move.

* Also in Israel over the weekend, a masked gunman killed two, and wounded 11, at a center for gay youth in Tel Aviv.

* It’s good to see the new and expanded G.I. Bill take effect.

* Petty Officer Jonathan Campos was accused of killing Seaman August Provost in late June, and was also facing charges of drug use, larceny, burglary, theft, arson, and unlawful handling of a deceased individual. Campos was found dead in his cell late last week, due to self-inflicted asphyxiation.

* Interesting video from the White House on the letters the president reads every day, and how they arrive at his desk.

* Have I mentioned lately how right-wing Liz Cheney is?

* And there are a lot of questions surrounding the MSNBC/Fox News/GE/News Corp. “truce,” and how it might affect “Countdown.” Keith Olbermann seems likely to address the subject this evening.

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.