ThinkFast: November 8, 2006

[ThinkProgress’ election news round-up will be posted shortly.]

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in two cases today on the legality of the federal ban on “partial-birth” abortions. The court is deciding whether a 2003 law outlawing the procedure is unconstitutional because it lacks an exception for the pregnant woman’s health.

At least 60 Iraqis were killed or found dead on Wednesday.

“In what critics call another sign of waning American influence in Central and Latin America, an ‘all-out’ effort by the United States to convince Nicaraguans not to elect former Sandinista president Daniel Ortega to a second term has apparently failed.”


New York City plans to “make it easier for transgender New Yorkers to switch the sex listed on their birth certificate even without undergoing sex-change surgery, putting the city at the forefront of efforts to redefine gender.”

“The quietest hurricane year in a decade officially ends in three weeks, but meteorologists and disaster managers on the Gulf and Florida coasts agree that the season is already over.” “We “dodged a bullet this year,”” said meteorologist Gerry Bell of the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center. ““If there was ever a time that we needed a break, we got one.” ”

Sudan has tightened restrictions on aid workers and journalists traveling to Darfur, and analysts say the aim is to conceal renewed hostilities between rebels and the army.

The Federal Communications Commission has ruled that “profanities can be used in news interviews but not on awards shows or in fictional shows.” Chairman Kevin Martin: “Hollywood continues to argue they should be able to say the F-word on television whenever they want. The commission again disagrees.”

The “debate among senior U.S. military officials” over whether to support the International Criminal Court “seems to be shifting away from staunch opposition, and a fresh assessment of the court seems to be underway.”

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