Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Political agreement in Greece: “Greeks awaited word on Monday on the formation of a unity government under a new leader after Prime Minister George A. Papandreou and his chief rival agreed to create a transitional administration to oversee the country’s debt-relief deal with the European Union and then hold early elections. Mr. Papandreou agreed to resign once the details were completed.”

* Italy matters more: “The epicenter of Europe’s debt crisis was rapidly shifting Monday from tiny Greece to far-bigger Italy, threatening to open a dangerous new chapter in the region’s financial turmoil and plunging embattled Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi into the deepest political crisis of his two-decade long career.”

* Syria: “The Syrian government has launched a bloody assault to retake Homs, the country’s third-largest city, ignoring the relatively muted protests of the international community and facing armed defectors who have so far prevented the government’s forces from seizing it as they did other restive locales this summer.”

* A stunning story about an alleged serial child rapist and a cover-up at Penn State.

* Iran: “Intelligence provided to U.N. nuclear officials shows that Iran’s government has mastered the critical steps needed to build a nuclear weapon, receiving assistance from foreign scientists to overcome key technical hurdles, according to Western diplomats and nuclear experts briefed on the findings.”

* Oklahoma quake: “A 5.6 magnitude earthquake shook central Oklahoma late Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. What could be the largest temblor in the state’s history damaged homes, shook buildings, caused cracks and rattled a college football stadium 50 miles from the epicenter.”

* Replacing Maj. Gen. Peter Fuller: “The top United States military commander in Afghanistan has fired a senior officer for making inappropriate public remarks about President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan and his government.”

* Big Keystone XL protest at the White House: “Several thousand protesters from across the country encircled the White House on Sunday to demand that President Obama deny a permit for a proposed oil pipeline that would stretch from Alberta to the Texas coast.”

* Former President Clinton gets this just right: “I don’t think Americans can continue this level of income inequality.”

* And CBS’s “Face the Nation” had a total of eight guests on yesterday. Seven were Republicans, one was a non-partisan journalist. This is pretty egregious, but given how the Sunday shows operate, it’s not terribly surprising.

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.