MONDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
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* In Geneva, at least Iranian officials agreed to discuss their nuclear efforts: “An Iranian negotiator on Monday met with officials from six nations, including the United States, on ways to rein in Iran’s nuclear program.”
* A big case at the high court: “The Supreme Court on Monday accepted what will likely become the highest-profile business case of the year, agreeing to decide whether 1.5 million female employees of Wal-Mart can pursue job discrimination claims in the largest employment class-action suit in the country’s history.”
* As tax policy talks continue, the latest word is that the administration’s “Making Work Pay” tax credit wouldn’t make it into the final package, but it would be replaced with a one-year reduction in payroll taxes for workers.
* Gen. David Petraeus said he’s encouraged by progress in Afghanistan, but was asked whether the Afghan army can take the lead by NATO’s 2014 deadline. He replied, “I think — no commander ever is going to come out and say, ‘I’m confident that we can do this.’ I think that you say that you assess that this is — you believe this is, you know, a reasonable prospect and knowing how important it is — that we have to do everything we can to increase the chances of that prospect.”
* This could prove to be a fascinating case: “The Fox News network has solicited the services of a prominent D.C. law firm and an equally prominent campaign finance lawyer to ward off a suit alleging that it made illegal in-kind contributions to a Republican gubernatorial candidate.”
* The Justice Department investigation into Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.) has reportedly come to an end after four years.
* Maybe I have an odd sense of humor, but I find it amusing, in a tragic sort of way, that an undercover FBI agent infiltrated a mosque and was so overly aggressive, Muslim congregants felt compelled to get in touch with the FBI.
* Reports suggest that Elizabeth Edwards’ health has taken a turn for the worse.
* Among its other problems, the Simpson/Bowles deficit commission wouldn’t do any favors for higher ed.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.