ThinkFast: July 31, 2006

Rove attacks the media. During his commencement speech at GWU graduate school of political management, “Rove lambasted journalists for playing what he said was a ‘corrosive role’ in politics by ‘focusing on process, not substance.'”

Is the U.S. prodding Israel to attack Syria? The Jerusalem Post reports, “[Israeli] Defense officials told the Post last week that they were receiving indications from the United States that the US would be interested in seeing Israel attack Syria.”

Arguing Iraq is a central front in the war on terror, Iraqi officials are demanding that they be compensated with economic and military assistance for fighting terrorists on behalf of other countries. “Iraq is now defending not only Iraqis but is also defending the region and the world,” national security adviser Mowaffak al-Rubaie said. “So what is the world giving us in return?

Medicare’s “doughnut hole” is starting to hit shocked and angry seniors. “They have just learned that their Medicare drug plans are maxing out on early coverage and that they must spend $2,850 from their own pockets before coverage will resume.”

“Britain and California are preparing to sidestep the Bush administration and fight global warming together by creating a joint market for greenhouse gases. “¦ Such a move could help California cut carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases scientists blame for warming the planet. President Bush has rejected the idea of ordering such cuts.”

The Special Inspector General for Iraq reported recently that “the State Department agency in charge of $1.4 billion in reconstruction money in Iraq used an accounting shell game to hide ballooning cost overruns on its projects there and knowingly withheld information on schedule delays from Congress.”

DeLay’s day in court. “The 5th Circuit federal appeals court in New Orleans on Monday will become the latest venue for the partisan legal battle over whether Tom DeLay “” the former House majority leader who resigned from Congress under a cloud of ethics controversies June 9 “” must remain on the ballot this November as the Republican nominee in Texas’ 22nd District.”

The Boston Globe investigates the world of consumer debt in the United States, finding “a system where debt collectors have a lopsided advantage, debtors are often treated shabbily by collectors and the courts, and consumers can quickly find themselves in a life-upending financial crisis.”

And finally: Indiana homeland security officials have warned Vermillion County to stop using electronic emergency message boards to advertise fish fries, spaghetti dinners and other events. The Department of Homeland Security bought the signs for $300,000 because the area is considered a potential terrorist target. Local officials defended their use of the signs, claiming that sponsors of a spaghetti dinner fundraiser and an elementary school carnival reported larger-than-normal turnouts after message board ads.

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