ThinkFast: March 13, 2006

Barely one week into the Iraq war, Gen. Tommy Franks threatened to fire the Army’s field commander, Lt. Gen. William S. Wallace, because Wallace wanted to delay the advance on Baghdad in order to suppress the threat of paramilitary Fedayeen in the rear. The Fedayeen later joined the insurgency that continues to roil Iraq.

Pharmacists have told the White House that “many independent pharmacies might have to shut their doors” because they were not being paid adequately or promptly under Medicare.” The pharmacists “have given away millions of dollars’ worth of medications for which Medicare drug plans should have paid” in the last two months.

The Project for Excellence in Journalism confirms a disturbing trend in the state of our news media: fewer stories covered with less depth. (See their report here.)

After initially underestimating the size of an oil spill onto the tundra in Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay, BP has reported that the spill is “the largest ever on the North Slope.” Meanwhile, Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) continues to push for Arctic Refuge drilling.

52. Percentage of Americans who believe abortion should be legal in most or all cases, according to a new AP-Ipsos poll. The Guttmacher Institute provides a look at state laws that have restricted abortion rights.

Of the 32 million Americans in the 17-24 age group, Army recruiters deem the vast majority of them to be “too overweight, too uneducated, too flawed in some way” to join the military.

More than four years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, work will begin today on construction of a World Trade Center Memorial. The Coalition of 9/11 Families will head to court to block the project over concerns that state statutes on historic preservation have been violated. (NYPost Editorial: Gov. Pataki’s failure in overseeing the rebuilding project is “Homeric in scale.”)

British businesses investing in Iraq have profited by at least 1.1 billion pounds (or $1.9 billion dollars) since the invasion three years ago.

And finally: Google goes to Mars.

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