ThinkFast PM: June 15, 2006

CNN Headline News host Glenn Beck reacts to the possibility that global warming could lead to the flooding of Shanghai and surrounding areas, home to 40 million people: “Does anybody really care? I mean, come on. Shanghai is under water. Oh, no! Who’s gonna make those little umbrellas for those tropical drinks?”

Press Secretary Tony Snow acknowledged recently that his retirement plan is based on his prior membership in a union — the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Without a union, Snow would have had to rely on Social Security. AFL-CIO notes the irony.

Kevin Drum says “the Supreme Court has decided to eviscerate the Bill of Rights a bit further today.”

A letter from former Rep. Duke Cunningham to the Department of Homeland Security that urged Shirlington Limo be given a $21.1 million contract has “mysteriously disappeared from DHS files.” More from Harper’s.


A State Department report details the items given to federal employees in 2004 by “foreign government sources.” “President George W. Bush received a $10,000 sniper’s rifle, six jars of fertilizer, 11 antique handguns, ten pounds of dates, and a DVD of ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ from various foreign leaders.”

And finally: Photo of the day: Rick Santorum’s new wardrobe? Or Chief of Staff Josh Bolten playing bass with his band, “The Compassionates,” on the White House lawn?What did we miss on the blogs? Let us know in the comments section.