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Washington Post:
Louisiana Goes After Federal Billions  —  Louisiana's congressional delegation has requested $40 billion for Army Corps of Engineers projects in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, about 10 times the annual Corps budget for the entire nation, or 16 times the amount the Corps has said it would need …
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
A Swamp of Corruption  —  In Katrina's wake, Louisiana's political culture needs a cleanup too.  —  Perhaps no footage from Hurricane Katrina was replayed more often than the "Meet the Press" clip of Aaron Broussard, president of Jefferson Parish, La., telling Tim Russert that bureaucrats had …
Glenn Reynolds /
IS THIS PORK? … This needs to be a non-starter.
Discussion: Althouse
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Tim Russert's Effective Ambush  —  We have one thing to say about Tim Russert's almost cliched ambush of a guest from whom he did have a right to seek on-the-record clarifications: "Oye."  —  If a reporter gets a dramatic quote or piece of broadcast tape and runs it — and runs with it …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Correcting the facts and missing the truth  —  Three weeks ago, I linked to Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard's outburst on Meet the Press about the mother of a colleague who died, abandoned, in a flooded nursing home.  Two weeks later, I said it was my responsibility to link to a correction about details of that story.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and PunditGuy
Steve Sabludowsky /
Hurricane Rita Louisiana Damage: Broussard Meets Russert
Associated Press:
Small Counter Rally Shows Support for Troops  —  WASHINGTON — Support for U.S. troops fighting abroad mixed with anger toward anti-war demonstrators at home as hundreds of people, far fewer than organizers had expected, rallied Sunday on the National Mall just a day after a massive protest against the war in Iraq.
Yahoo! News:   NEWS STORIESCindy Sheehan: Last Weekend Karl Rove Said I Was a Clown
Seattle Times:
Reports of anarchy at Superdome overstated  —  NEW ORLEANS — After five days managing near riots, medical horrors and unspeakable living conditions inside the Superdome, Louisiana National Guard Col. Thomas Beron prepared to hand over the dead to representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Robert Novak /
GOP in turmoil  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Mike Pence, a 46-year-old former radio talk show host from eastern Indiana serving his third term in Congress, is currently chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC).  He has tried hard to cooperate with the regular House Republican leadership rather than confront it.
Discussion: QandO and Betsy's Page
Armed and dangerous - Flipper the firing dolphin let loose by Katrina  —  It may be the oddest tale to emerge from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  Armed dolphins, trained by the US military to shoot terrorists and pinpoint spies underwater, may be missing in the Gulf of Mexico.
Discussion: ACSBlog, Wizbang and Riehl World View
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Massachusetts Governor Makes His State the Butt of His Jokes  —  Republican's Out-of-Town Act May Alienate Majority Democrats  —  BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, exploring a possible presidential run in 2008, has a message for his fellow Republicans.  —  Take my state.  Please!
Mr. Right / The Right Place:
Angry Protesters Demand "U.S. Out of U.S. Now!"  —  During a much-publicized anti-war protest in our nation's capitol this past weekend, "Peace Mom" Cindy Sheehan, who previously demanded that President George W. Bush resign and withdraw his troops from occupied New Orleans …
Discussion: Don Surber
Pam / Pam's House Blend:
Iraqi women say freedoms are slipping away  —  Bringing freedom and democracy to Iraq.  Wasn't that one of Chimpy's prime justifications to overthrowing Saddam?  Women's rights groups have been warning that without specific constitutional protections, women in the "New Iraq" were going to suffer a rollback of rights.
Discussion: Big Brass Blog
Smash / The Indepundit:
Fracture Lines  —  IT BEGINS, as these things always do, with a march through downtown.  —  Angry-looking youth in masks lead the way, waving their Palestinian, Iraqi, and anarchist flags behind a red banner that reads "Justice for Palestine, Justice for Immigrants, Justice for the Katrina Survivors."
Discussion: OxBlog and Power Line
David Postman / Seattle Times:
11th commandment repealed  —  YAKIMA — State Republicans have decided that 10 commandments are enough.  —  The Republicans' 11th commandment — Thou shall not speak ill of other Republicans — was repealed at a weekend meeting of the party's executive committee.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
John / AMERICAblog:
US soldiers allegedly trading pictures of dead Iraqis & Afghanis for porn  —  WARNING: The links in this story are to graphic, gruesome pictures of dead bodies, and some include graphic sexual content as well.  —  (This soldier is proudly presenting what appears to be a bloody dismembered human arm dangling …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
TIME Sunday: How many Mike Browns did Bush appoint?  —  RAW STORY  —  A TIME inquiry finds that at top positions in some vital government agencies, the Bush Administration is putting connections before experience  —  FROM SUNDAY'S TIME — EXCERPTS (FULL PAID STORY): "Historically …
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister

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