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ThinkFast: August 29, 2007

Two years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, “none of the 115 ‘critical priority projects’ identified by city officials” for publicly funded rebuilding efforts “has been completed.” Of the $34 billion “earmarked for long-term rebuilding,” less than half “has made its way through federal checks and balances to reach municipal projects.”

45 percent: Number of Americans who believe “at least some progress has been made” in rebuilding the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. Just nine percent say there has been “a lot of progress.” Among blacks, just two percent believe there has been a lot of progress.

President Bush plans to ask Congress “for up to $50 billion in additional funding for the war in Iraq.” “The request is being prepared now in the belief that Congress will be unlikely to balk so soon after hearing” optimistic testimony from Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker.

In his first public appearance since undergoing emergency brain surgery in December, Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) announced, “I am back.” Johnson expects to return to work on Sept. 5.

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“A new poll taken today by SurveyUSA shows that Sen. Larry Craig’s (R-ID) political standing has apparently taken a massive hit. A majority of Idaho adults, 55%, say the Senator should resign, compared to only 34% who say he should remain in office.”

Freedom’s Watch — the White House front group on Iraq escalation — is encountering difficulties getting its $15 million pro-war ad campaign up and running. The Caucus reports that CNBC and MSNBC have refused to air the group’s ads.

The “number of Americans without health insurance rose last year” from 44.8 million to 47 million. As the Bush administration is limiting the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, the number of uninsured children rose for the second year in row, with more than 600,000 children joining the ranks of the uninsured in 2006.

New report by the NOAA finds that warming “caused by human activity was the biggest factor in the high temperatures recorded in 2006.” This past year was the second hottest year on record.

And finally: “Moon Karl Rove, and you’ll be arrested. When the politico spoke on American University’s campus in April, he was met by a throng of angry Democratic students’ behinds as they dropped trou and blocked Rove’s motorcade. Most of the kids were given 40 hours of community service by the university, but on Friday, the cheeky group was notified that the Secret Service has issued warrants for their arrest.”

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