Today's earlier-than-usual, holiday edition of quick hits:
* Iraq: "A wave of attacks in Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad killed at least 21 people and wounded 125 on Sunday, a security official said."
* Syria: "The United Nations Security Council should refer Syria to the International Criminal Court in The Hague to prosecute those responsible for war crimes and other abuses committed in nearly two years of conflict, Carla del Ponte, a United Nations human rights investigator, said on Monday."
* "Restricted airspace" isn't a suggestion: "F-16 fighter jets intercepted two aircraft after they entered temporarily restricted airspace near the Florida club where President Barack Obama was spending the long President's Day weekend."
* Skeptical about the need for a minimum-wage increase? Read Krugman. That is all.
* Menendez's troubles: "A team of FBI agents has been conducting interviews in recent weeks in the Dominican Republic and the United States, looking into allegations that Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) patronized prostitutes in the Caribbean nation, but has found no evidence to support the claim, according to two people familiar with the investigation."
* Remember last month, when a certain former half-term Alaska governor said high-profile conservatives need to stop preaching to the choir? Today, she announced she's headed to CPAC. You can almost hear those hoping to "rebrand" the GOP gnashing their teeth.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.