QUICK AND DIRTY NEWS: * "The quality and credibility of government research are being jeopardized by inconsistent policies for communicating scientific findings to the public." * Convenient symbols of the lack of recovery in the wake of Katrina. * Kaine orders delay of execution of mentally incompetent inmate. * Charles Krauthammer doesn't think we need to ban gay marriage (yet.) * The Cheney/Specter row continues. * DeLay remains a prick, even in defeat. * Up close with the Predator drone.