ThinkFast: May 29, 2008

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New York Gov. David Paterson (D-NY) “has directed all state agencies to begin to revise their policies and regulations to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions, like Massachusetts, California and Canada.” In a message to LGBT leaders, Paterson called the move “a strong step toward marriage equality.”

Speaking at the Air Force Academy commencement, President Bush acknowledged that his administration is “learning as we go” in Iraq. Bush offered a “nod to realities that have made the Iraq and Afghanistan wars more protracted than his administration had once expected.”

Iraqi residents of Fallujah are claiming that American troops, “whom they consider occupiers, are also acting as Christian missionaries.” They say that some U.S. Marines “at the western entrance to their city have been passing out” coins imprinted with Gospel verse “for two days in what they call a ‘humiliating’ attempt to convert them to Christianity.”

CQ writes although Attorney General Michael Mukasey was supposed to be more independent than his predecessor, he has largely been “Gonzales, take two.” “He’s just Alberto Gonzales with slightly more brains, but with no ability to say ‘no’ to the president,” said Bruce Fein, a former Justice Department official in the Reagan administration.

Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL) is calling on Scott McClellan to testify under oath before the House Judiciary Committee about the “earth-shattering” allegations in his new book.

Reacting to McClellan’s book, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said, “I’m not going to comment on a book that I haven’t read but I will say” the threat from Saddam Hussein “was well understood.” She added, “I would really ask do people really believe that he was not a threat to the international community?”

Vice Adm. Kevin Cosgriff, the top U.S. Navy official in the Persian Gulf, warned that war with Iran would be “pretty disastrous,” with “echoes and aftershocks” reverberating throughout the region. Cosgriff added that “we have years” to deal with Iran’s nuclear program.

More than 100 countries “have reached an agreement on a treaty which would ban current designs of cluster bombs.” However, the United States did not join the ban, calling the controversial munitions “an integral, legitimate part of its arsenal.” A Pentagon spokesman said the bombs “have demonstrated military utility.”

Col. Morris Davis, who spoke out against the military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, “said he was denied a medal for his two years of work building military commissions cases against terrorism suspects because he resigned and later spoke out about problems in the Pentagon’s Office of Military Commissions.”

Some of the nation’s top scientists “sharply criticized the diminished role of science in the United States” at the World Science Festival today. “They cited U.S. officials and others questioning scientific evidence of climate change, the reluctance to federally fund stem cell research, and some U.S. officials casting doubt on evolution as examples that have damaged America’s international standing.”

And finally: Dunkin’ Donuts has yanked a commercial featuring tv cooking personality Rachael Ray because of complaints that she is promoting terrorism. In the ad, “the domestic diva wears a scarf that looks like a keffiyeh, a traditional headdress worn by Arab men.” Right-wing blogger Michelle Malkin was pleased with the response, stating, “It’s refreshing to see an American company show sensitivity to the concerns of Americans opposed to Islamic jihad and its apologists.” The scarf has also been spotted on Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) daughter.

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