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ThinkFast: September 1, 2006

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No Retreat, No Surrender: The American Passion of Tom DeLay.” DeLay announced that he has a deal to publish a book that will explain how “everything I’ve done in my career furthered the conservative cause.”

Sen. George Allen (R-VA) declined a leadership award from the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund yesterday after donors to the minority fund “threatened to withhold contributions” following Allen’s recent “macaca” remark.

60: Percentage of Americans who think there will be more terrorism in the U.S. because of the Iraq war.

Following yesterday’s Security Council deadline, “[s]everal diplomats at the United Nations expect Russia and China to support low-level sanctions on Iran due to its refusal to stop enriching uranium.”

In terms of health benefits, doctors believe “breast milk is something of a magic elixir” for infants. Yet a class system is developing for working mothers: “for lower-income mothers — including many who work in restaurants, factories, call centers and the military — pumping at work is close to impossible.”

“The United States has expanded its force in Iraq to 140,000 troops, the most since January and 13,000 more than five weeks ago, the Pentagon said on Thursday, amid relentless violence in Baghdad and elsewhere.”

Federal agents raided the offices of at least six Alaska lawmakers Thursday,” including the office of State Sen. Ben Stevens, son of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK). The search was “for any ties between the legislators and a large oil field services company…whose executives are major contributors to political campaigns.”

Since the 9/11 attacks, the Dept. of Education has “shared personal information on hundreds of student loan applicants” with the FBI for counterterrorism purposes, in an operation known as “Project Strikeback.”

And finally: Former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner held a virtual town hall discussion yesterday with an “invitation-only crowd” of avatars (see photos), including a “green Incredible Hulk type,” “a series of tubes,” and “a knight with feathers in the helmet.” Minutes into the Q&A, the “avatars became bored,” and a few began using gestures like “muscle-flexing, yawning, rock-scissors-paper and a spanking gesture called ‘kmb’ — kiss my butt.”

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