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

* A huge, life-saving development: “A wide-ranging plot to bomb government ministries and other public places, to be followed by a wave of political assassinations, was uncovered by Iraqi officials, who responded Tuesday by bringing much of the capital to a virtual standstill while security forces conducted raids that netted large quantities of explosives, officials said. At least 4 suicide car bombers — and as many as 10 — were apparently on their way to government buildings Tuesday morning when they were stopped by the police and arrested, the authorities said.”

* Iranian nuclear scientist killed: “An Iranian scientist was killed Tuesday by a remote-controlled bomb planted on a motorcycle parked outside his home, state news outlets reported.”

* Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) hasn’t decided whether to betray everyone on health care reform.

* The Federal Reserve made so much money in 2009, it returned about $45 billion to the U.S. Treasury last year.

* Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) had hinted that he might support Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) ouster yesterday. Today, Feingold reversed course and sided with Reid.

* The John Yoo interview was probably not Jon Stewart’s greatest moment.

* Jon Chait tackles the Cadillac Tax.

* What kind of person would steal disaster relief money from hurricane victims?

* New (depressing) career advice for law students.

* Tom Geoghegan thinks the filibuster is unconstitutional. While I found that pretty persuasive, Garrett Epps and Scott Lemieux did not.

* According to the State Department, there are more female ambassadors posted in Washington than at any time in history. The number is five times greater than it was in the late 1990s. The arc of history is long….

* And on Fox News, cold weather still means global warming isn’t real. No wonder the propaganda outlet’s viewers are so confused.

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.