Tuesday’s Mini-Report

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* President Obama surveyed Hurricane Irene damage in New Jersey over the weekend. “The entire country is behind you,” he told locals. “We are going to make sure that we provide all the resources that are necessary in order to help these communities rebuild.”

* Multiple reports this afternoon suggest the Obama administration will drop U.S. troop levels in Iraq to just 3,000 by the end of this year.

* Wildfires in Texas: “Wildfires sweeping across drought-stricken Texas have destroyed more than 1,000 homes and forced thousands of evacuations in the last several days.”

* Mitt Romney presented his economic plan this afternoon. I’ll have plenty more to say about it in the morning, but I’ll note for now that the Republican presidential hopeful is not above blatant dishonesty.

* Libya: “An armed convoy of dozens of vehicles, believed to be carrying hard-core loyalists of Moammar Gaddafi, including his security chief, crossed the southern border into Niger on Tuesday, raising questions about the fugitive leader’s whereabouts and whether he was preparing to flee.”

* USPS is in big trouble, but the administration plans to intervene: “The White House is planning to present a financial rescue plan for the U.S. Postal Service in the coming weeks as part of a broader, $1.5 trillion deficit reduction package, it said Tuesday.”

* The Obama administration intends to move to an airport security system in which passengers can keep their shoes on. That should be worth a few points in the polls, right?

* The desertion rate among Afghan soldiers is not encouraging.

* The Murdoch media scandal isn’t quite done yet: “As the phone hacking scandal in Britain continues to gnaw at Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, a parliamentary panel opened new hearings on Tuesday, seeking to determine who knew about unauthorized voice mail intercepts ordered by the now defunct News of the World tabloid.”

* Some college guides are not ridiculous. Some college guides are ridiculous.

* Congratulations to Jack Shafer, as he makes the transition from Slate to Reuters.

* And on “Fox & Friends” this morning, Gretchen Carlson was furious about Jimmy Hoffa Jr. using the same language Republicans use all the time, and demanded a reaction from Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. When DWS said, “How many times have you called out coarse language at Tea Party rallies on this network. Almost never.” Carlson replied, “I sit in the middle of the couch. I’m fair and balanced.” There’s a reason Carlson isn’t known for her self-awareness.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.