ThinkFast: October 5, 2006

“The source who in July gave news media Rep. Mark Foley’s (R-Fla.) suspect e-mails to a former House page” says the documents came to him from a congressional aide who “has been a registered Republican since becoming eligible to vote,” The Hill reports.

Nevertheless, Speaker Hastert continues to peddle conspiracy theories: “When the base finds out who’s feeding this monster, they’re not going to be happy. The people who want to see this thing blow up are ABC News and a lot of Democratic operatives, people funded by George Soros.”

A Congressional Research Service report states that Bush’s frequent use of signing statements is “an integral part” of his “comprehensive strategy to strengthen and expand executive power” and is meant to “inure Congress, as well as others, to the belief that the president in fact possesses expansive and exclusive powers upon which the other branches may not intrude.” “The government can continue to use its warrantless domestic wiretap program pending the Justice Department’s appeal of a federal judge’s ruling outlawing the program, an Appeals Court in Cincinnati ruled on Wednesday.”

“The Iraqi Interior Ministry has suspended an entire Iraqi police brigade on suspicions that some members may have permitted, or even participated in, death squad killings.” Death squads “are the main cause of Iraqi deaths now.”


According to a Union of Concerned Scientists report, climate changecould strain the Northeast’s power grid, farms, forests and marine fisheries” and “summers in Boston could feel like July in South Carolina,” unless carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by 3 percent per year.

British commandos in southeastern Iraq have “found nothing to support the Americans’ contention that Iran is providing weapons and training in Iraq.”

The scarcity of African Union forces in Darfur has forced them to stop escorting women outside their refugee camps to collect wood for fuel. The result: in one camp, 21 women have been raped in the last two weeks, many in broad daylight.

And finally: “Excessive Indulgences” at the Interior Department. The department’s inspector general “has uncovered an impressive amount of time spent by department employees surfing porn, game, gambling and shopping Web sites.” “Our review of one week of computer use logs revealed over 4,732 log entries relating to sexually explicit and gambling Web sites by department computers,” the report finds, adding that the estimates are “conservative.”

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