ThinkFast PM: June 29, 2006

“We have never ever seen a case like this,” said Keith Ashdown of Taxpayers for Common Sense: The lobbying firm at the center of the House Appropriations Chairman Jerry Lewis (R-CA)/Duke Cunningham scandal failed to report fully $2 million in lobbying fees.

Web traffic is dropping at,, and, but it’s rising at many progressives sites, including Raw Story, Crooks and Liars, and ThinkProgress.

Atrios vs. New Republic culture critic Lee Siegel, on whether Jon Stewart “is destroying democracy as we know it.”

“In 1999, Arkansas’ child welfare board banned gay people from becoming foster parents, arguing kids would be better off in orphanages. Four residents sued, claiming discrimination. Today, the state Supreme Court agreed.”


An SEC whistleblower “fired for trying to subpoena a politically connected Wall Street executive during an insider trading investigation was muzzled by his former agency during Congressional testimony this week.”

And finally: How to scam the “Nigerian letter” scammers by convincing them you’ll pay $150,000 for their wood carvings.