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Associated Press:
Hurricane Rita Blog  —  (CBS/AP) This is a running list compiled by staffers of the latest developments of Hurricane Rita and the recovery efforts underway on the Gulf Coast.  For a look back to fast-breaking events of the Katrina disaster, see our previous blog.
CBS News says Michael Brown rehired as FEMA consultant  —  RAW STORY  —  CBS News' Bob Schieffer just announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has rehired ex-FEMA chief Michael Brown— as a consultant to evaluate the agency's response to the disaster!
Fox News:
U.S. Special Forces Kill No. 2 Terrorist in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. Special Forces killed Al Qaeda's (search) No. 2 terror mastermind in Iraq (search), Defense Department officials said.  —  FOX News has confirmed that Abu Azzam (search), who was believed to have been in charge …
David Ignatius / Opinions:
A Shift on Iraq  —  DOHA, Qatar — Posted on a bulletin board at Centcom headquarters here is a 1918 admonition from T.E. Lawrence explaining what he learned in training Arab soldiers: "It is better to let them do it themselves imperfectly than to do it yourself perfectly.
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
al Qaeda Commander and 20 Terrorists Killed in Raid
Discussion: The Belmont Club and CNN
CBS News:
Pentagon: Top Zarqawi Aide Killed  —  (CBS/AP) The No. 2 al Qaeda leader in Iraq was killed Sunday night, U.S. officials say.  Abu Azzam, reportedly the deputy to Abu Musab al Zarqawi, was shot during a house rain in Baghdad, according to Pentagon officials.
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
The Demise of Abu Azzam  —  Al Qaeda in Iraq's leadership suffers another blow.  Sheikh Abdullah Abu Azzam al-Iraqi, the organization's number two in command, has been killed by Coalition forces in Baghdad during a raid after the Coalition received a tip on his location.
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Anti-War, My Foot  —  The phony peaceniks who protested in Washington.  —  Saturday's demonstration in Washington, in favor of immediate withdrawal of coalition forces from Iraq, was the product of an opportunistic alliance between two other very disparate "coalitions."
Washington Post:
Bush Urges Shift in Relief Responsibilities  —  Congress Asked to Consider Placing Pentagon in Charge of Disaster Response  —  SAN ANTONIO, Sept. 25 — On Sunday, President Bush called on Congress to consider a larger role for U.S. armed forces in responding to natural disasters …
Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:
Brown tells aides he should have sought military help sooner
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Steve Soto / The Left Coaster:   Bush Rehires Michael Brown
Cathy's World:
Would you believe?  —  ...That Don Adams is dead at 82?  I don't want to.  As my dad said when Cary Grant passed on, "Someone that great should never die."  And don't even get me started on my "Get Smart" lunchbox, which I didn't even care that brown bags had suddenly become …
Radio Blogger:
Rep. Peter King to MSNBC's Chris Matthews: Just because the president doesn't watch you on television, it doesn't mean he's not doing his job.  —  The New York Congressman did a double appearance on Hardball this afternoon.  The first time, he pretaped an appearance with Mississippi Democrat Bennie Thompson …
White House:
President Discusses Hurricane Effects on Energy Supply  —  Washington, D.C.  —  Fact Sheet: President Bush Discusses Energy Supplies in the Gulf Region  —  In Focus: Energy  —  In Focus: Hurricane Relief  —  THE PRESIDENT: I want to thank Secretary Bodman for welcoming us here at the Energy Department; Secretary Norton.
Discussion: mccannta and Charging RINO
War protester Cindy Sheehan arrested  —  Cindy Sheehan, the American woman whose son was killed in Iraq and who has spurred the anti-war movement in the US, has been arrested while protesting outside the White House.  —  Sheehan and several dozen other protesters sat down on the pavement …
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
GOP Leaders Try to Soothe Conservatives  —  Drive Planned to Defuse Ire Over Spending  —  Squeezed between a conservative clamor for spending cuts and the rising cost of hurricane relief, Republican congressional leaders will respond this week with a public relations offensive to win …
Discussion: The Left Coaster and
Susan Cornwell / Reuters:   US govt Katrina spending may only be $100 bln-aide
Matthew Sheffield /
Rather: CBS 'Doesn't Want Me to' Pursue Bush Guard Story  —  In a televised interview with former CBSer Marvin Kalb, retired CBS anchor Dan Rather stated that his network will not allow him to continue to pursue the story of President Bush's Air Guard service.
Discussion: protein wisdom and King of Zembla
Washington Post:
FEMA Plans to Reimburse Faith Groups for Aid  —  As Civil Libertarians Object, Religious Organizations Weigh Whether to Apply  —  After weeks of prodding by Republican lawmakers and the American Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said yesterday that it will use taxpayer money …
Andrew Hughes / AnyLetter:
Let's Have a Carnival (of the Capitalists)  —  This weeks Carnival of the Capitalists seemed to run into some problems, communication or otherwise.  But!  It is here, and it's wonderful (as always).  Mostly familiar names this week, however we've got a few new people, insofar as I can tell.
Discussion: The Alliance

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