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

* The slow process of Iraqi diplomacy: “Officials from the Sunni-backed slate that won the most votes in Iraq’s parliamentary election said Monday that they might support letting Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki keep his job if their top candidate is sworn in as president with expanded powers.”

* A vague State Department “travel alert” that did not include advice to avoid Europe: “The Obama administration formally warned Americans Sunday about potential terrorist attacks in Europe, urging U.S. citizens to be careful on public transportation and at tourist sites.” Japan and Sweden issued similar alerts today.

* Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan spent her first morning on the high court saying more than Clarence Thomas has said in over a decade.

* A pretty significant political corruption scandal in Alabama puts several state lawmakers in handcuffs.

* An overdue resignation: “Wisconsin District Attorney Kenneth Kratz resigned today, effective immediately, after several women alleged he sent sexually inappropriate text messages during his time as DA in Calumet County.”

* ThinkProgress did a nice job pulling together a video collection featuring quite a few Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill, all of whom were asked to identify specific areas of the budget they’d like to cut, and all whom failed.

* What do you know, James O’Keefe can be even more insufferable.

* The religious right has every reason to be nervous about the future of their culture war — young people just don’t look at the world the way the far-right movement does.

* On a related note, progress on sex-ed: “For the first time in more than a decade, the federal government is funding sex education programs that are not based solely on abstinence. But they are not just about handing out condoms, either.”

* Paul Krugman notices that “the Ministry of Propaganda has, in effect, seized control of the Politburo.” (Fox News and the Republican Party, I think he’s talking to you.)

* Considering the future of for-profit colleges after the midterm elections have come and gone.

* I don’t know if someone enforcing a copyright will force this from YouTube, but for now, “Donald Duck Meets Glenn Beck in Right Wing Radio Duck” is extremely clever and well worth watching.

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.