ThinkFast AM: June 2, 2006

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A federal grand jury has subpoenaed California’s San Bernardino County for records connected to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jerry Lewis (R-CA) and a lobbying firm with strong ties to Lewis.

Bush’s nomination of Henry Paulson to be Treasury Secretary has riled some conservatives, who now want to “find a senator who will place a hold on the nomination.” Paulson chaired the Nature Conservancy and supports the Kyoto Protocol. “He’s a lefty Nature Conservancy nut,” said one “outside-the-White House adviser.”

An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore’s new movie about global warming, opens today in cities in California, Connecticut, DC, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington. See if it’s playing in your town.

The Justice Department and Alaska have exercised a clause allowing them to receive more funding to clean up the Exxon Valdez oil spill. “They announced in a statement that they would seek $92 million from Exxon Mobil to clean up stubborn patches of oil, whose most toxic components, they say, have not dissipated since the spill in 1989.”

86: The percent of Americans who believe “the FBI should be allowed to search a Congress member’s office if it has a warrant,” according to a new ABC News poll. The poll found this view to be “broadly bipartisan.”

Women now earn the majority of diplomas in once male-dominated fields — including business and biology — and “have caught up in pursuit of law, medicine, and other advanced degrees.” Despite the gains, women still make just 76 percent of what men earn.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on FEMA’s hurricane preparations: “It’s like a football team. You know, the preparation pre-season is what determines how you perform during the season. So we put that work in, and I’ve been personally engaged.” (Let’s hope FEMA performs better than the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.)

Internet and telephone companies are “girding to fight an unprecedented call by the Bush administration” asking them to keep records of customers’ online activities for two years. “It’s a real break with precedent. … The government is saying, ‘Keep everything about everyone and we’ll sort it out later,’” said Marc Rotenberg of the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

The War Tapes, the first movie filmed by soldiers on the front lines in Iraq, opens today at the Sunshine Landmark Theater in New York City. The New York Post notes it is “one of the most important films to come out of Operation Iraqi Freedom.”

And finally, if she could turn back time, she’d get safer helmets to our troops. On the Sunday morning edition of C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” a caller “launched into a passionate argument for helmet safety upgrades for troops.” Host Steve Scully recognized the caller: “Is this Cher?” he asked. “Yeah,” Cher replied. The entertainer’s new cause, Operation Helmet, has given 6,850 safety liners to troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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