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Associated Press:
New Orleans Relives Flooding Nightmare  —  NEW ORLEANS - Hurricane Rita's steady rains sent water pouring through breaches in a patched levee Friday, cascading into one of the city's lowest-lying neighborhoods in a devastating repeat of New Orleans' flooding nightmare.
Water flows over New Orleans levee  —  Flooding in already hard-hit Lower 9th Ward  —  NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) — As Hurricane Rita headed for Texas, water surged through a damaged levee protecting New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward.  —  A CNN photojournalist reported that the water …
Evacuee bus explodes as Rita closes in
Discussion: Hit and Run and PoliBlog
Petula Dvorak / Washington Post:
Antiwar Rally Will Be a First for Many  —  Focused Message Draws Protesters of All Stripes  —  The seasoned protesters who organized tomorrow's antiwar demonstration are well-versed in many other causes.  They have marched and rallied against police brutality, racism …
David Montgomery / Washington Post:
Peace by Pieces  —  New — and Old — Antiwar Protesters Hope …
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Christopher Fotos / PostWatch:
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Houston Chronicle:
For motorists, all roads lead to frustration  —  Thousands of furious evacuees sweltering for hours on traffic-choked freeways Thursday put a stain on what had been a generally successful response by state and local governments faced with back-to-back weather emergencies in Texas.
Beldar /
Rita and gridlock  —  A (slightly edited) email I just sent to NRO's Jonah Goldberg, who's presenting "competing views" about the gridlock and gas shortages as folks have been evacuating from the Houston area as Hurricane Rita approaches:  —  My preliminary impression, In a nutshell …
Poll: Fewer than half think U.S. will win in Iraq  —  More than half say country should speed up withdrawal  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released Thursday indicated fewer than half of Americans believe the United States will win the Iraq war, and 55 percent of those surveyed …
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Can You Marginalize a Majority?  —  In a move to preempt the antiwar protesters converging on Washington this weekend, President Bush yesterday put forth the following equation: Withdrawing from Iraq equals letting the terrorists win equals more 9/11s.  —  The White House's goal is to cast anybody …
Associated Press:
Bush Waives Saudi Trafficking Sanctions  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush decided Wednesday to waive any financial sanctions on Saudi Arabia, Washington's closest Arab ally in the war on terrorism, for failing to do enough to stop the modern-day slave trade in prostitutes, child sex workers and forced laborers.
Bus carrying elderly evacuees burns; 24 dead  —  Fire engulfs vehicle carrying elderly from Houston area nursing home  —  An emergency crew confers near the charred skeleton of a bus that caught fire and exploded early Friday on northbound Interstate 45 near Dallas.  —  VIDEO  —  • Evacuee tragedy
Sheila Flynn / Associated Press:
Fire on Bus Carrying Evacuees Kills 24
Paul Sperry / Front Page Magazine:
David Hossein Safavian: From the White House to the Jail House  —  Last Monday, David Hossein Safavian, a high-ranking White House official and pal of GOP powerbroker Grover Norquist, was arrested in a federal corruption case involving lobbying bad boy Jack Abramoff.
Chicago Tribune:
Offer of buses fell between the cracks  —  WASHINGTON — Two days after Hurricane Katrina made landfall, as images of devastation along the Gulf Coast and despair in New Orleans flickered across television screens, the head of one of the nation's largest bus associations repeatedly called federal disaster officials to offer help.
Rick Maze /
GOP lawmakers propose cuts to offset Katrina costs  —  A group of House Republicans have proposed a plan to offset the costs of relief and rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina that includes trimming military quality-of-life programs, including health care.  —  Possible sources of funding cuts …
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Rewrite of Endangered Species Law Approved  —  House to Vote Soon; Senate Could in 2006  —  Setting the stage for the most sweeping restructuring of endangered species protections in three decades, the House Resources Committee yesterday approved legislation that would strengthen the hand …
Discussion: TAPPED, Hugh Hewitt and Hit and Run
Washington Post:
Housing the Displaced Is Rife With Delays  —  Nearly four weeks after Hurricane Katrina displaced more Americans from their homes than any event in at least 60 years, efforts to find housing for 200,000 families from the devastated Gulf Coast are getting bogged down, according to federal, state and private sector officials.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
At Final Day of Roberts Hearings, Hatch Snaps . . . and Snaps  —  It started around the time Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) observed that the "hearings were dignified."  Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) whipped out his camera phone and snapped a photo of Leahy.  —  Thus began Orrin's Excellent …

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