ThinkFast PM: June 19, 2006

CBS News contributor Gloria Borger on the media’s coverage of President Bush’s surprise June 13 trip to Iraq: “I think we are suckers. .. [Y]ou know you’re being used, but in a way you kind of like it because it’s good pictures.”

The Bush administration increased federal contracts to Halliburton by 600 percent from 2000–2005, according to a new government report.

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Juan Cole refutes Tony Snow’s comparison of the Battle of the Bulge to the current situation in Iraq. Cole asks: “Is the only way this tawdry administration can make itself feel good to defame the Greatest Generation?”

“A senior aide to Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) pulled the financial disclosure forms of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and at least three other Republican Senators late last month, Senate records show.” Why?

Senate conservatives are expected to introduce a “poison pill” minimum wage bill to counter the $2.10 wage increase being advanced by Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA). The conservative version will likely increase the federal minimum slightly while reducing overtime pay and actually lowering wages for millions of workers who earn tips.

Wash Post blogger Andrew Cohen says to forget about the talk of a unified Supreme Court. “The Justices are just as fractious now as they have been in the past when it comes to the truly contentious issues of our day.”

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And finally: Can you hear it now? Last week, there were reports of students downloading a cell phone ring-tone off the Internet “that is too high-pitched to be heard by most adults.” Via AmericaBlog, “a rather smart Web site came up with idea of posting a sliding scale of high pitched tones so you can see where your hearing kicks in.” Find out if you have aging ear.What did we miss on the blogs? Let us know in the comments section.