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Laura Wides / Associated Press:
Worker Error Blamed for L.A. Blackout  —  LOS ANGELES - An error by utility workers caused a blackout across major portions of Los Angeles on Monday afternoon, trapping people in elevators and snarling traffic at intersections, authorities said.  —  About 2 million people were affected …
Laura Wides / Associated Press:
Blackout Hits L.A.; Terrorism Ruled Out  —  LOS ANGELES - A blackout hit a large portion of the Los Angeles area Monday afternoon, snarling traffic at intersections and trapping people in elevators.  —  The city was investigating the cause of the outage.  But Sgt. Catherine Plows …
Los Angeles City hit by Big-time Blackout  —  As I was about to go to lunch today, the building security came on and announced that the power was out, and that only one elevator was working.  That was strange, since out phone and internets and lights were still working.
Smash / The Indepundit:   Lights Out in Los Angeles   Power Returns To Some Parts Of L.A. Area
Michael Williams / Master of None:
Power Outages across Los Angeles
Sharon Bernstein / Los Angeles Times:
Large Portion of Los Angeles Loses Power
Widespread power outage hits Los Angeles
Discussion: In the Agora and Crooks and Liars
Blackout  —  Just to make things interesting, there was a blackout …
Discussion: BoiFromTroy
Greg Chang / Bloomberg:
Los Angeles Power Restored After Line Overload Causes Blackout
Discussion: The Agonist
Ron Fournier / Associated Press:
Embattled FEMA Director Mike Brown Resigns  —  WASHINGTON — Federal Emergency Management Agency director Mike Brown said Monday he has resigned "in the best interest of the agency and best interest of the president," three days after losing his onsite command of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.
Washington Post:
Embattled FEMA Director Michael Brown Resigns  —  Director Says Focus Has to Be on Agency, Not Him  —  Michael D. Brown resigned this afternoon as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, becoming the first high-profile Bush administration official to step down amid public criticism …
Ron Fournier / Associated Press:   Firefighter to Replace Brown As FEMA Chief
Matt Margolis / Blogs for Bush:
Roberts Hearings: Live Blogging Day 1  —  most recent updates on top...  UPDATE, 5:59 PM EDT: Thus concludes day 1 of live blogging the Roberts hearings... we seem to have made it through... a couple of server issues along the way, but we survived.. Check out Mark Tapscott's impressions …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
The Roberts confirmation hearing.
Discussion: The Yin Blog and
Mark Tapscott /
Matt Margolis, Tom Goldstein Are Live-Blogging the Roberts Senate Confirmation Hearing, Let's Hope They are Making Blogosphere History
Discussion: Blogs for Bush and Power Line
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
Welcome to the Roberts Confirmation Hearings
Daily Kos:
Umpire: Roberts' Opening Statement  —  In his opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Bush nominee to replace the late Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist, John Roberts, drew an analogy between the Supreme Court and umpires in baseball: … It is an interesting analogy Judge Roberts draws.
Discussion: and ACSBlog
The Buzz / CapitolBuzz:   Roberts' Opening Statement
FEMA director Brown resigns  —  Bush tours New Orleans devastation  —  NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) — Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Brown, under fire over his qualifications and what critics call a bungled response to Hurricane Katrina, resigned Monday, senior administration sources told CNN.
Richard Morin / Washington Post:
Bush Approval Rating at All-Time Low  —  President Bush's public standing has hit record lows amid broad support for an independent investigation of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina and calls for postponing congressional action on $70 billion in proposed tax cuts to help pay for storm recovery …
R. David Paulison  —  Acting Under Secretary / U.S. Fire Administrator  —  R. David Paulison was appointed director of the Preparedness Division of the Emergency Preparedness & Response Directorate/FEMA, in the newly created Department of Homeland Security in 2003.
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Hey, Big Spender  —  FDR and Truman made cuts when crises demanded it.  Why won't Bush?  —  With almost no debate and with precious few provisions for oversight, Congress has passed President Bush's mammoth $62 billion request for emergency Katrina relief.
Mark Steyn / Telegraph:
Bush kept his head and the danger's passed  —  'Flood That Released America's Demons", said the Sun on Saturday.  Underneath the arresting headline was a column by Jeremy Clarkson, and, after the usual good-natured knockabout - "Most Americans barely have the brains to walk on their back legs" …

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