ThinkFast: February 9, 2007

The Pentagon’s Inspector General has found that Rumsfeld aide Douglas Feith’s rogue pre-war intel group was an “inappropriate” use of intelligence by Pentagon civilians, and was “predisposed to finding a significant relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda.” Senate intel chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) says he will probe whether the Pentagon broke the law by “failing to notify Congress about the group’s work.”

All 435 House members will be allowed to view the classified version of the National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq, providing “fuel for a House debate” next week in which all members “will be given five minutes to speak” on Bush’s escalation plan.

For the first time in history, “more of America’s poor are living in the suburbs than the cities — 1.2 million more, according to a 2005 survey. ‘The suburbs have reached a tipping point,’ says Brookings Institution analyst Alan Berube.”

Sir Richard Branson and Al Gore announced $25 million will go to the winner of the Earth Challenge Prize, a competition announced to see “who comes up with the best way of removing significant amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.”


The White House released a “fact sheet” yesterday saying Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Peter Pace didn’t mean it when they said voting on an anti-escalation resolution will not hurt the morale of U.S. troops. The White House insists both believe in “the importance of Congressional support for our mission in Iraq.”

Deputy Attorney General Paul J. McNulty told a Senate panel this week that six U.S. attorneys were forced to resign for “performance-related” reasons. Yesterday, John McKay, the recently fired U.S. attorney based in Seattle, said McNulty’s comments were “unfair” and “he was told of no performance problems when he was asked to resign.”

Frustrated “by the slow response from Sudan’s government to international demands to ease the plight of refugees in Darfur,” a new group — Enough — has formed to “create a social and political network that can identify potential wide-scale atrocities, particularly in Africa, and stop them before they occur,” the Washington Post reports. The group is co-founded by Center for American Progress Senior Fellow Gayle Smith.

“The Homeland Security Department has failed to tell Congress how it is spending billions of dollars on major programs ranging from aviation security to Gulf Coast rebuilding, House appropriators said Thursday.”

And finally: Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-LA) has taken up the fight for turtle power. Alexander is working to repeal the Food and Drug Administration’s ban on the sale of baby turtles as pets. “Modern research has shown that turtles can be treated to eliminate the risk of salmonella, and I think it is time to amend this outdated ban that has hindered an important industry in Louisiana,” said Alexander.

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