ThinkFast: September 4, 2008


Eight protesters at the RNC were charged with conspiracy to commit a terrorist act yesterday. The suspects’ lawyer called the charges ridiculous, saying the accusations are “an effort to equate publicly stated plans to blockade traffic and disrupt the RNC as being the same as acts of terrorism.” So far, nearly 300 protesters and journalists have been arrested.

Sick Americans who travel far or frequently to get medical treatment are skipping or delaying appointments, leaving support groups and applying for grants,” because of the high price of gas.

Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, “who pleaded guilty to a scheme to corrupt Congress, asked a federal judge for mercy on Wednesday, saying he was ‘not a bad man’ although he acknowledged he ‘did many bad things.’

When Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) introduced Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) as his running mate, McCain “emphasized her role as the commander in chief of the Alaska National Guard” and “her military command experience as governor.” Yet Maj. Gen. Craig Campbell, the service commander of the Alaska National Guard, noted that Palin “has no command authority overseas or anywhere in the U.S. other than Alaska.”

On the trail: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will be in St. Paul, MN today, to accept his party’s nomination at the Republican National Convention. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) will be at a rally in Lancaster, PA.

A 4,500-year-old ice shelf “nearly the size of Manhattan” that has “broken away from Ellesmere Island in Canada’s northern Arctic” is the latest sign that “warmer temperatures are changing the polar frontier.”

Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) “wrote e-mails that harshly criticized Alaska state troopers for failing to fire her former brother-in-law.” The e-mails were provided by former public safety commissioner, Walter Monegan, who was dismissed by Palin in July for allegedly refusing to fire state Trooper Mike Wooten, “who at the time was feuding with Palin’s family.”

Condemning “an illegitimate, unilateral attempt to change your country’s borders by force,” Vice President Cheney reaffirmed the Bush Administration’s commitment to seeing Georgia enter into NATO. The remarks came one day after the U.S. proposed $1 billion in aide to Georgia.

An Iraqi freelance photographer working for Reuters has been detained by U.S. and Iraqi forces south of Baghdad,” after U.S. military officials said he was “assessed to be a threat.” In April, the U.S. military freed AP photographer Bilal Hussein, after holding him for more than two years.

And finally: Jamie Lynn Spears is the latest celebrity to weigh in on the pregnancy of Bristol Palin. Spears reportedly spent “$60 on pink burpcloths” and had them sent over to Palin, according to a “source close to the Beverly Hills baby store Petit Tresor.”

Sign up here to receive our daily e-newsletter, The Progress Report.