"ThinkFast PM: June 21, 2006"
TPMuckraker calls Kentucky’s Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT) and discovers the liberal bluegrassreport.org was not the only website state workers are no longer allowed to view. “Rather, they’d made a decision to block state employees from viewing the entire category of blogs.”
While the House leadership holds up a vote on a major domestic spending bill because it contains an amendment to raise the minimum wage, Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL) announced the House will vote on the estate tax this week.
In an “end run around Congress,” funding for the top U.S. nuclear weapons lab is being distributed through the U.S. Postal Service. The postal service is helping Los Alamos National Lab “fund its new, 400,000 square foot ‘Science Complex.'”
Senate Coverup Committee chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) “will indeed succeed in deep-sixing” the Phase II probe into manipulation of Iraq war intelligence, Greg Sargent reports.
Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) gets rave reviews from the 876th Engineer Battalion, which just returned from Iraq to Murtha’s southwest Pennsylvania district. “He’s definitely for a strong military and he definitely supports the troops,” says Sgt. 1st Class George Wozniak, 36.
And finally: The world’s most expensive lemon: “a $1.7-million Mercedes-Benz roadster that died after cruising 10 blocks.” (With pic.)