ThinkFast: April 25, 2006

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The White House press office is about to become more fair and balanced. CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux reported last night that “Fox anchor Tony Snow is likely to accept the job as White House press secretary, succeeding Scott McClellan.” Snow will announce his move “perhaps as early as within the next few days.”

Rep. Charles H. Taylor (R-NC) is single-handedly blocking a $10 million request to buy land for a memorial to the passengers and crew of Flight 93. Taylor, “a large landowner in the mountains of western Carolina,” believes the federal government already owns too much land.

In Alaska, lab reports discovered that several cruise passengers had suffered from an outbreak of bacteria that “normally grows on shellfish harvested in much warmer waters.” The outbreak “highlighted how surprisingly and directly global warming can affect human health, particularly in terms of infectious diseases.”

Big Pharma gouging consumers: “Brand-name drug companies have resumed the practice of slowing the sale of cheaper generic competitors by cutting deals that result in paying millions of dollars to makers of generic drugs while consumers continue to pay brand-name prices.”

The Pentagon plans to “release” 141 detainees from Guantanamo Bay, but Reuters notes that only 22 of them will actually be freed. The other 119 will be transferred to prisons in their home countries.

The Washington Post slams the new conservative House ethics bill as a “watered-down sham that would provide little in the way of accountability or transparency. If the Senate-passed measure was a disappointment, the House version is simply a joke.”

Fired CIA official Mary McCarthy “categorically denies being the source of the leak” for the Washington Post’s story on secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe. “Intelligence sources” likewise say that McCarthy “did not have access to specifics, such as prison locations,” which was the new information in the story.

6 million: Number of people in the Horn of Africa at risk of dying from the “worst drought in two decades.” Oxfam director Barbara Stocking: “This crisis might be getting less attention that the tsunami did. … But the number of people needing help is even greater.”

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) revealed yesterday that prominent Hispanic elected officials, “including the mayor of Los Angeles and California’s lieutenant governor,” have “received disturbing and hateful death threats” over their stands on immigration issues.

And finally: President Bush yesterday explaining his efforts to avert war: “I can look you in the eye and tell you I feel I tried to solve the problem diplomatically to the max and would have committed troops both in Afghanistan and Iraq, knowing what I know today.”

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