PMMJ (cheetahmaster) wrote,
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"President Bush repeatedly requested less money for programs to guard against catastrophic storms in New Orleans than many federal and state officials requested, decisions that are triggering a partisan debate over administration priorities at a time when the budget is strained by the Iraq war. Even with full funding in recent years, none of the flood-control projects would have been completed in time to prevent the swamping of the city, as Democrats yesterday acknowledged. But they said Bush's decision to hold down spending on fortifying levees around New Orleans reflected a broader shuffling of resources -- to pay for tax cuts and the Iraq invasion -- that has left the United States more vulnerable."
-WashingtonPost.com

Paul Krugman on the can't-do government.

Bush's presidential power grab.

KATRINA NEWS:
* The world press reacts, as questions about the chaos pile up.
* More on the predictions of the levee failure.
* NYTimes editorial on the National Guard.
* "A City of Despair and Lawlessness"
* Mayor from New Orleans blasts federal government's reaction. Well worth the time to listen to the audio. (Link courtesy Ocho.)

OTHER NEWS:
* California Senate passes gay marriage bill.
* FBI to assess the threat from radicalized inmates.
* What will Specter's role be in the nomination hearings? Also, lawyers group opposes Roberts, and gives interesting reasons.
* David Ignatius, on Greenspan's humility.
* So, did Bush encourage his own kids to serve?
* Cindy Sheehan, the anti-American communist?
* They went to overtime in a pre-season game?
* The new rise of the documentary.
* Worlds of Warcraft tops a million players.

Spirit finally conquers its hill, and sends back a panoramic picture from Mars.

"If you're not laughing, watching A Sound of Thunder could possibly lower your IQ into the single digits. It's the worst movie of the year -- this year, 2055 or even one that featured living dinosaurs."
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