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

* Diplomatic breakthrough: “The Obama administration announced Tuesday a deal with other powers, including Russia and China, to impose a fourth set of sanctions on Iran in as many years, touching off a contest with Tehran to win support in the United Nations Security Council.”

* Taliban takes credit for deadly bombing in Afghanistan: “A powerful car bomb exploded early Tuesday within a few feet of a passing military convoy on the western edge of Kabul, killing at least a dozen Afghan civilians and six foreign troops, including five Americans, U.S. military and Afghan officials said.”

* This is likely to come with consequences: “South Korea will formally blame North Korea on Thursday for launching a torpedo at one of its warships in March, causing an explosion that killed 46 sailors and heightened tensions in one of the world’s most perilous regions, U.S. and East Asian officials said.”

* How many Republicans will end up voting for Wall Street reform? Probably four or five.

* Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates pressed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on ratifying the new nuclear arms treaty.

* Did Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.) and his mistress hook-up in state parks?

* The first batch of paperwork on Elena Kagan — hundreds of pages worth — heads to the Senate for review.

* In the meantime, his party’s talking points notwithstanding, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) does not consider Kagan “anti-military.”

* The Democratic effort to eliminate secret holds in the Senate gets a little GOP support. A pleasant surprise, to be sure.

* One of the members of that team of scientific elites sent to the Gulf to deal with the oil spill crisis turned out to be a bit of a crackpot.

* On a related note, a presidential commission, tasked with identifying exactly what happened with this spill and why, is in the works.

* Just think of all the money we’d save if we didn’t care about malnourished children.

* GM is doing pretty well thanks to the reviled “government takeover.” Who would have thought it? Well, we did.

* Interesting research at the University of Vermont on understanding the way in which different students learn.

* A math teacher in an Alabama public high school hoped to teach angles to his geometry students by talking about how to assassinate President Obama.

* And finally, Michael Kinsley had an interesting thought this week: “Now that the sex lives of Supreme Court justices have become grist for commentators, we are finally free to discuss a question formerly only whispered about in the shadows: Why does Justice Antonin Scalia, by common consent the leading intellectual force on the Court, have nine children? Is this normal? Or should I say ‘normal,’ as some people choose to define it? Can he represent the views of ordinary Americans when he practices such a minority lifestyle? After all, having nine children is far more unusual in this country than, say, being a lesbian.”

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.