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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.
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.
Discussion: TAPPED and In the Bullpen
Washington Post:
Embattled FEMA Director Michael Brown Resigns
Ron Fournier / Associated Press:   Firefighter to Replace Brown As FEMA Chief
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 …
Smash / The Indepundit:
Lights Out in Los Angeles  —  MUCH OF LOS ANGELES has lost electrical power, including parts of Downtown and the San Fernando Valley.  The cause of the blackout is unknown at this time.  —  No problems (yet) down here in San Diego.  —  TALLGLASSOFMILK writes: … Well, that sounds like normal, for Los Angeles.
Los Angeles City hit by Big-time Blackout
Discussion: The Agonist   Power Returns To Some Parts Of L.A. Area
Michael Williams / Master of None:
Power Outages across Los Angeles
Widespread power outage hits Los Angeles
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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 …
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
Welcome to the Roberts Confirmation Hearings  —  3:33 - The committee is done until 930 tomorrow morning.  —  3:32 - Roberts has no agenda.  He does have a commitment - confronting every case with an open mind.  He will be open to his colleagues' view.  He will show no fear or favor.
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
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
The Roberts confirmation hearing.
Discussion: The Yin Blog
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.
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  —  Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman, Senator Leahy and members of the committee.  Let me begin by thanking Senators Lugar and Warner and Bayh for their warm and generous introductions, and let me reiterate my thanks to the President for nominating me.
Associated Press:
Palestinians torch four Gaza synagogues  —  Thousands of triumphant Palestinians poured into abandoned Jewish settlements early Monday, setting empty synagogues on fire and shooting in the air, as the last Israeli soldier rolled out of the Gaza Strip, completing the Israeli pullout from the territory after a 38-year presence.
Discussion: Roger L. Simon
Lamia Lahoud / Jerusalem Post:
Rajoub: PA to fight terror only if IDF pulls back more
Agence France Presse:   Hamas makes music in Gaza celebration war
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.
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 …
Discussion: Democratic Veteran and Kesher Talk

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White House:
President, Lieutenant General Honore Discuss Hurricane Relief in Louisiana
Ben Stein / American Spectator:
More on Katrina  —  Fact: Katrina was a devastating storm.
Mark Steyn / Telegraph:
Bush kept his head and the danger's passed
Discussion: Ed
King of the Combovers Disappointed in Katrina Death Toll
Discussion: Villainous Company
Jonathan E. Kaplan / The Hill:
Rep. Reynolds's frustration boils over at Dem criticism of Bush, GOP ethics
Discussion: The Stakeholder, MyDD and Daily Kos
Wretchard / The Belmont Club:
The Flight 93 Memorial
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
A Fresh Offensive in Tal Afar
Madeleine Bunting / Guardian:
The muscular liberals are marching into a dead end
Michael Getler / Washington Post:
A Stumble Amid the Good Stuff

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Ross Douthat / The American Scene:
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Kat / The Wisdom of Change:
Why would TNT think this was a good day to air this?!
Garance Franke-Ruta / TAPPED:
Triumphant England reclaim Ashes
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Bush Denies Racial Component to Response
Brett Martel / Associated Press:
Hopelessness Begins to Lift in New Orleans
National Review:
This Is "Tackling Extremism"?
Mark Hosenball / Newsweek:
Iraq: Planning For Pullout
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