ThinkFast: November 30, 2007

The social networking site Facebook has “modified a controversial service that broadcast details of its users’ online activities outside the site to their friends, following complaints about its privacy implications.” Facebook will now give greater control to users over what information they want advertised. MoveOn, which had mounted an online campaign to pressure Facebook to change its policy, said the policy could be a “huge step in the right direction.”

Marking the 14th anniversary of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” program, “28 retired generals and admirals plan to release a letter” today “urging Congress to repeal the law.” The letter will include “data showing that 65,000 gay men and lesbians” are currently serving in the military.

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee’s (R-AR) moderate position on immigration compared to the stances of his rivals is causing anger in right-wing circles. “He was an absolute disaster on immigration as governor,” said Roy Beck, president of the conservative group NumbersUSA.

“Without a serious effort at national conciliation, American troops are just holding down the lid on a pressure cooker. Iraq’s rival militias, the insurgents, the bitter sectarian resentments and the meddling neighbors haven’t gone anywhere,” writes The New York Times in an editorial today.

51 percent: College students who say “where a candidate stands on the environment would be very important to their vote,” according to a survey conducted by American University students.

Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) stated unequivocally that he would move to impeach President Bush if he bombs Iran without congressional approval. “The President has no authority to unilaterally attack Iran and if he does, as foreign relations committee chairman, I will move to impeach,” he said.

A New York Times analysis found that “Medicare spends billions of dollars each year on products and services that are available at far lower prices from retail pharmacies and online stores.” For example, Medicare spends more than double the drugstore price on oxygen tanks.

Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) acknowledged that the surge, which he had firmly criticized, “has led to military successes. But he also warned repeatedly that the Iraqis were not doing enough to capitalize on those gains. ‘I think the surge is working but that’s only one element. It’s working because of the increase in troops,’ he said, ‘but the thing that has to happen is that the Iraqis have to do this themselves…’”

A new report by the Department of Labor Inspector General finds that 87 percent of the funds handed out by the Department’s Employment and Training Administration in the past six years were through “sole-source grants,” meaning $271 million in federal funds were awarded without any competition.

And finally: Ann Coulter suggests she should be the new White House press secretary. “She told a crowd gathered at the National Press Club for the National Journalism Center’s 30th anniversary that she deserves” to be White House press secretary for the last six months of Bush’s presidency. “I’m sure she would find it to be a fascinating experience,” said White House Press Secretary Dana Perino.

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