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ThinkFast: April 7, 2006

By ThinkProgress on April 7, 2006 at 9:07 am

"ThinkFast: April 7, 2006"

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In House testimony yesterday, Attorney General Gonzales “left open the possibility” that calls occuring “solely within the United States” could be wiretapped without a warrant — “a move that would dramatically expand the reach of a controversial National Security Agency surveillance program.”

40 percent: Public approval rating of how President Bush is handling foreign policy and the war on terror, a record low, in a AP-Ipsos poll.

Still hammering away. Atrios has video of DeLay supporters crashing a political event yesterday. “I got pushed. I got hit. I got a sign wadded up in my face and my hat pulled down over my eyes,” one witness said. “They just did it to be nasty.

U.S. public diplomacy czar Karen Hughes announced a recent “discovery” on NPR: that “Americans and foreigners must stand in separate lines in airport immigration, and that the process as a whole is not very ‘welcoming.’”

Do Nothing Congress: Despite controlling both branches of Congress, conservatives “suffered two major setbacks on Thursday when their fiscal 2007 budget plan collapsed and they failed to put the finishing touches on $70 billion in tax cuts.”

U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow will be on the job some weeks longer, but will leave within the next month or two,” White House sources say.

In the meantime, President Bush is reaching even deeper into his inner circle for Snow’s replacement. The Wall Street Journal reports the current top candidates are Al Hubbard, a White House economic adviser, and former Commerce Secretary Don Evans.

While the average worker is facing pension and wage cuts, “the five best-compensated CEOs will bring in an average of $5.5 million a year from their pensions.” The AFL-CIO looks at the skyrocketing pay of CEOs.

A privacy group has released several internal AT&T documents and a sworn statement by a former technician showing the company “secretly and unlawfully opened its networks to government eavesdroppers.”

And finally: Poor sportsmanship meets poor statesmanship. Illinois State Sen. Rickey Hendon, already under fire for inappropriate behavior towards women, “unexpectedly tackled a south suburban female lawmaker after this week’s House-Senate softball game.” “I was shocked,” state Rep. Robin Kelley said. “It came out of nowhere. We were in a line, saying ‘Good game. Good game. Good game.’ Then, he just came behind me and threw me on the ground.”

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