ThinkFast: April 1, 2008


59 percent: Doctors who “support legislation to establish a national health insurance program,” according to a new survey of more than 2,000 U.S. doctors. This number is up from 49 percent in the 2002 study.

“Fighting between Iraqi security forces and Shi’ite militiamen last month has driven civilian deaths in the country to their highest level in more than six months,” according to new Iraqi government figures. A total of 923 Iraqi civilians were killed in March, “up 31 percent from February and the deadliest month since August 2007.”

Prior to testimony by Gen. David Petraeus, House Republicans are launching a “full-fledged assault” on Democratic leaders, whom they accuse of trying to “legislate defeat” in Iraq. The campaign will include a “steady stream” of “op-eds and editorial board memos,” an “aggressive” TV and radio operation, and an effort to “engage conservative bloggers.”

Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL) “said Monday that Don Siegelman should not testify before Congress because it could endanger the former governor’s criminal defense and distract the committee from its broader investigation of political influence in the U.S. Justice Department.”

Today, the nation’s top oil executives “return to the hot seat” as the House Select Committee for Energy Independence and Global Warming “examines rising gasoline prices and the industry’s opposition to efforts to repeal $18 billion in tax breaks.” The money would be reinvested in renewable energy.

While most agree the subprime mortgage crisis sparked the current economic downturn, “some economists argue the Iraq war is deepening the economic pain.” Even the “most conservative economists acknowledge that Americans will eventually pay the price at home for a war financed entirely with borrowed money.”

Last month, President Bush said he would attend the Olympics in Beijing this summer because he views it as “a sporting event.” But given China’s poor human rights record, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Bush should consider “boycotting the opening ceremony.”

And finally: President Bush is getting sensitive about making sure he gets credit. While at the Washington Nationals home opener on Sunday, “play-by-play man Jon Miller” said to Bush, “Every year since you’ve been president, George [Will] has put on a special baseball dinner held at the White House.” Bush quickly took umbrage at giving the conservative pundit all the credit, responding, “That’s one way to put it. Another way is that George W. Bush hosts the dinner and George attends. He puts together the list.”

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