Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Terror threat: “A Manhattan man who became fascinated by the American-born Muslim militant Anwar al-Awlaki was arrested on charges of plotting to build and detonate bombs in New York, city officials announced on Sunday night.”

* Espionage: “In a significant failure for the United States in the Mideast, more than a dozen spies working for the CIA in Iran and Lebanon have been caught and the U.S. government fears they will be or have been executed, according to four current and former U.S. officials with connections to the intelligence community.”

* The police chief at UC Davis was placed on administrative leave today. Yesterday, two officers used pepper spray of peaceful protesters were also placed on administrative leave.

* UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi has heard the criticism of her handling of the brutality, but she won’t resign. “I really feel confident at this point the university needs me,” Katehi told ABC.

* Tumult in Egypt: “Egypt’s interim prime minister and cabinet offered to resign Monday in the face of a bloody third day of protests, adding to the crisis of legitimacy for the nation’s ruling military council and its faltering effort to oversee a peaceful transition to democracy.”

* Did President Obama do the right thing by not getting involved in the super-committee fiasco? Yes, he did.

* A bill managed to become a law: “Noting a small patch of bipartisan consensus, President Obama signed off Monday on a bill that provides tax credits to businesses that hire veterans.”

* First Lady Michelle Obama appeared at a NASCAR event in Florida yesterday, as part of a charitable campaign to support military veterans and their families. Many fans booed her.

* Rush Limbaugh said the First Lady deserved to be booed because of her “uppity-ism.” This isn’t a joke; he really said that.

* Should state universities be tuition free? That sounds like a good idea to me.

* I assume I’m not the only one who thinks Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) needs some kind of counseling.

* And on Fox News yesterday, Juan Williams began to offer a defense of the Occupy movement. Host Chris Wallace quickly cut him off, claiming to represent the wishes of the public. Fair and balanced, indeed.

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.