ThinkFast: May 12, 2011

Federal Communications commissioner Meredith Baker announced yesterday that she will resign her post in June to join Comcast/NBC as a senior vice president. Baker, a Republican, was appointed to the FCC by President George W. Bush in 2009, and made her announcement only four months after voting to approve a merger between Comcast and NBC Universal.

The Wall Street Journal editorial board slammed Mitt Romney today as a “compromised and not credible” presidential candidate over his support for “RomneyCare.” Viewing his health reform as “the prototype” for the federal health reform law, the board said “his failure to explain his own role or admit any errors suggests serious flaws both in his candidacy and as a potential President.”

In a Washington Post op-ed today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) writes that the evidence used to find Osama Bin Laden was not produced by torture. The senator also said that the waterboarding of Khalid Sheik Mohammed yielded “false and misleading information.”

Though President Obama decided not to release them, to the public, members of Congress are now viewing 15 photos of Osama bin Laden’s corpse. Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), who claimed to be the first lawmaker to view them, said the photos are “pretty gruesome” and prove that “he is gone. He’s history.”

Libyan rebels in Misurata reclaimed the contested city’s airport yesterday, the latest in a recent string of defeats that have weakened morale among supporters of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. The airport was the only piece of Misurata under Qaddafi control, and its seizure by rebels could cut off vital supply lines between government troops.

House GOP leaders are struggling to find the votes for a long-term extension of the PATRIOT Act as the Judiciary Committee takes up the law today. GOP leaders will hold a classified briefing to attempt to drum up support for the controversial law. The current proposal under consideration would extend the law for six years.

White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee said yesterday that to tie spending cuts to an increase in the debt ceiling, as many Republicans have tried to do, is “quite insane.” To cut spending by threatening to hit the debt ceiling “is like trying to lose weight by cutting off your head,” Goolsbee said. “That’s not the way to lose weight.”

A new Bloomberg survey “of traders, investors and analysts” finds that 54 percent of respondents have an unfavorable opinion of Goldman Sachs. Yet 78 percent of respondents said the firm’s reputation will not suffer over the long term following a settlement with the SEC last year.

And finally: Did Florida just ban sex? The Sunshine State finally got around to banning bestiality last week, but, as the blog Southern Fried Science points out, they may have accidentally written the law too broad and banned all sex. The law bans “sexual contact” with “animals,” but of course, humans are animals too.

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