"ThinkFast: March 21, 2006"
Tight budgets are “forcing some local Federal Bureau of Investigation agents to operate without e-mail accounts.” “As ridiculous as this might sound, we have real money issues right now, and the government is reluctant to give all agents and analysts dot-gov accounts,” said the FBI’s top official in New York.
A new report reveals major discrepancies between lists of designated terrorist organizations from various government agencies. TalkLeft: The report brings up the question of “whether these agencies are capable of ensuring our safety.”
As hurricane season approaches, New Orleans “doesn’t have an emergency shelter, and local officials are asking for federal help to get people out of harm’s way if another disaster strikes.”
$8.965 Trillion: The nation’s new debt limit after Bush “on Monday signed into law a $781 billion increase in U.S. borrowing authority.
300,000 Acres: Amount of national forest land the Bush administration plans to sell off to pay for other government programs.
Bush’s credibility gap widens: “Three years of upbeat White House assessments about Iraq that turned out to be premature, incomplete or plain wrong are complicating President Bush’s efforts to restore public faith in the military operation and his presidency.”
New studies “show that the huge pool of poorly educated black men are becoming ever more disconnected from the mainstream society.” 21 percent of black men in their 20’s who did not attend college were incarcerated in 2004, up from 16 percent in 2000. In the inner cities, more than half of all black men do not finish high school.
Iraq Insurance Company offers what “appears to be the first off-the-shelf terrorism policy in the world.” It covers: “1) explosions caused by weapons of war and car bombs; 2) assassinations; 3) terrorist attacks.”
Television’s next reality star: Wafah Dufour, the niece of Osama bin Laden. The show will follow her as she pursues her “dream to make it in the music business.”
And finally: Operation Shoe Find: After her trip to Rep. Trent Franks’s (R-AZ) office for Operation Smile, Jessica Simpson left behind two pairs of shoes. “Franks’ spokeswoman, Lindsey Mask, swears that no one in the office tried on Simpson’s shoes for fun, not even the Congressman.”
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