ThinkFast: May 1, 2007


The number of terrorist attacks worldwide rose by 20,000 (40 percent) last year, “mostly due to greater violence in Iraq. … Iraq alone accounts for nearly two-thirds of all terrorism-related deaths last year.”

“Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced a measure Monday to force the Pentagon to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and move the trials of Al Qaeda suspects to the United States.”

Paul D. Wolfowitz defended himself vigorously on Monday, declaring that it would be ‘unjust and frankly hypocritical’ for the World Bank’s board to find him guilty of ethical lapses. But he also hinted that he would discuss whether to resign as bank president if the board cleared him of misconduct.”

In states across the country, “local lawyers, politicians, editorial writers, members of Congress and defendants are questioning what they say is a pattern of investigating Democrats. They point to inquiries that drag on for years but end with no charges, an acquittal or convictions for relatively modest infractions.”

Scott Bloch “has demonstrated a willingness to go after [Karl] Rove, at least on the small stuff: The [LAT] has learned that Bloch investigated complaints that Rove’s politically related travel had been improperly billed to the government. Bloch’s action resulted in a reimbursement to the Treasury Department for what some described as a bookkeeping error.”

“The Senate homeland security committee plans to hold hearings this summer on the Bush administration’s handling of offers of foreign aid after Hurricane Katrina… Of $854 million offered after the storm — in cash and oil that was to be sold for cash — only $44 million has gone to disaster victims or reconstruction so far.”

“The largest bloc of Sunni Arabs in the Iraqi Parliament threatened to withdraw its ministers from the Shiite-dominated cabinet on Monday in frustration over the government’s failure to deal with Sunni concerns. President Bush stepped in to forestall the move.”

A study ordered by the Pentagon “concludes that all four branches of the military must ‘fundamentally transform‘ their assumptions about energy, including taking immediate steps toward fielding weapons systems and aircraft that run on alternative and renewable fuels.”

And finally: According to an AP survey on what presidential candidates like to cook, “Republican presidential candidates are literally red-meat conservatives.” Mitt Romney makes good hot dogs and Sam Brownback replied that he likes “beef.” On the Democratic side, Bill Richardson said he makes a mean “diet milkshake” and Chris Dodd’s favorite meal is an “August New England dinner: Lobster, corn and tomatoes.”

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