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

* Getting closer, we hope, to containment: “Deep-sea robots swarmed around BP’s ruptured oil well Monday in a delicately choreographed effort to attach a tighter-fitting cap that could finally stop crude from gushing into the Gulf of Mexico nearly three months into the crisis.”

* Afghanistan: “Six U.S. service members died in separate attacks in Afghanistan on Saturday, another round of killings in what is shaping up to be the most violent summer of the nearly nine-year war.”

* Uganda: “Simultaneous explosions tore through crowds watching the World Cup final at a rugby club and a restaurant in Uganda’s capital, killing at least 64 people including one American, officials said. Police feared an al-Qaida-linked Somali militant group was behind the attacks.” A Somali militant group linked to al Qaeda later claimed responsibility.

* The first one failed in the courts, so the administration is trying another one: “The U.S. Interior Department said Monday it is issuing a new moratorium order in a second effort to block deepwater oil and natural gas projects.”

* A pretty devastating account: “In BP’s Record, a History of Boldness and Costly Blunders.”

* Gen. David Petraeus wants to enlist Afghan villagers in the fight against the Taliban. President Hamid Karzai isn’t exactly on board with the plan.

* Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) intends to move forward with a committee vote on New START before the August recess. Jacob Heilbrunn argues that it deserves to be ratified.

* “One Nation” poised to proceed: “In an effort to replicate the tea party’s success, 170 liberal and civil rights groups are forming a coalition that they hope will match the movement’s political energy and influence. They promise to ‘counter the tea party narrative’ and help the progressive movement find its voice again after 18 months of foundering.”

* For those who value ethnic, racial, and gender diversity in the federal judiciary, President Obama’s record is second to none.

* The NAACP may vote as early as tomorrow on a resolution condemning racism within the Tea Party “movement.”

* Considering the effects of funding shortfalls at the nation’s public universities.

* For all the complaints, the U.S. Postal Service is run pretty darn well.

* Good piece on sea otters, global warming, and carbon trading.

* 100 years later, Mark Twain’s autobiography, as dictated to a stenographer: “[I]n his unexpurgated autobiography, whose first volume is about to be published a century after his death, a very different Twain emerges, more pointedly political and willing to play the role of the angry prophet.”

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.