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Eric Lipton / New York Times:
White House Knew of Levee's Failure on Night of Storm  —  WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 — In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Bush administration officials said they had been caught by surprise when they were told on Tuesday, Aug. 30, that a levee had broken, allowing floodwaters to engulf New Orleans.
Brown says he's been made Katrina scapegoat  —  Ex-FEMA chief blames Homeland Security for slow response  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Brown told a Senate panel Friday that he feels he's been made a scapegoat for the government's sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina.
Discussion: PunditGuy and Centerfield
Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:
Documents: White House Knew About Levees  —  WASHINGTON - The earliest official report of a New Orleans levee breach came at 8:30 a.m., hours after Hurricane Katrina roared ashore.  Word of the possible breach surfaced at the White House less than three hours later, at 11:13 a.m.
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
White House Faces Renewed Credibility Problems On Katrina  —  A new storm is gathering.  Right now it looks like a tropical storm...a political tropical storm...but it has the potential of morphing into a full-fledged political hurricane.  —  The White House house is facing renewed questions …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and First Draft
New York Times:
Brown Asserts He Alerted White House Quickly on Katrina  —  Michael D. Brown, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, testified today that he let senior White House staffers know as soon as he had heard that flooding had begun in New Orleans on the day Hurricane Katrina made landfall.
Brown blames Homeland for Katrina response  —  Ex-FEMA chief says he's a scapegoat; 'I certainly feel somewhat abandoned' … MSNBC staff and news service reports  —  WASHINGTON - Top Department of Homeland Security officials were told that New Orleans was flooding just a few hours …
Discussion: The Left Coaster and Macsmind
Daniela Deane / Washington Post:
Former FEMA Chief Blames DHS
Discussion: The Heretik
ReddHedd / firedoglake:
Brownie Spills  —  Heckuva Job Brownie is having quite a day of testimony today.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Porter Goss / New York Times:
Loose Lips Sink Spies  —  AT the Central Intelligence Agency, we are more than holding our own in the global war on terrorism, but we are at risk of losing a key battle: the battle to protect our classified information.  —  Judge Laurence Silberman, a chairman of President Bush's commission …
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Ex-CIA Official Faults Use of Data on Iraq  —  Intelligence 'Misused' to Justify War, He Says  —  The former CIA official who coordinated U.S. intelligence on the Middle East until last year has accused the Bush administration of "cherry-picking" intelligence on Iraq to justify a decision …
Paul R. Pillar / Foreign Affairs:
Intelligence, Policy,and the War in Iraq  —  Summary: During the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, writes the intelligence community's former senior analyst for the Middle East, the Bush administration disregarded the community's expertise, politicized the intelligence process …
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Ex-Cheney Aide Testified Leak Was Ordered, Prosecutor Says  —  WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 — I. Lewis Libby Jr., the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, told a grand jury that he was authorized by his "superiors" to disclose classified information to reporters about Iraq's weapons capability …
Daniel Henninger / Opinion Journal:
Can We Talk?  —  If al Qaeda phones, tell them we can't take the call.  —  Let's start with the one thing we know for sure about the Bush administration's program to listen to al Qaeda's phone calls into and out of the United States: It's dead.  —  After all the publicity of the past two weeks …
Juan / Informed Comment:   Cheney Authorized Libby to Disclose Classified Documents
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Curse of the Moderates  —  As much of the Islamic world erupts in a studied frenzy over the Danish Muhammad cartoons, there are voices of reason being heard on both sides.  Some Islamic leaders and organizations, while endorsing the demonstrators' sense of grievance and sharing their outrage …
Diana West / Washington Times:
Cartoon rage  —  We need to learn a new word: dhimmitude.
Discussion: sisu
Michael Kinsley / Washington Post:
The Ayatollah Joke Book
Discussion: Cold Fury and Overlawyered
The Hill:
Small typo, big headache  —  A typo in the budget-reconciliation bill may give congressional Democrats another shot at making political hay out of the $39 billion deficit-reduction measure President Bush signed yesterday.  —  Democratic leaders could block an attempt by Republicans to correct …
Discussion: Lean Left and
Charles Babington / Washington Post:
Patriot Act Compromise Clears Way for Senate Vote
Discussion: and The Heretik
Jim VandeHei / Washington Post:
Cheney Says NSA Spying Should Be an Election Issue
Discussion: Charging RINO and AMERICAblog
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
GOP reaches Patriot Act deal
Discussion: Hit and Run and Hugh Hewitt
James Taranto / Opinion Journal:
Best of the Web  —  Nothing to Fear?  —  In a speech this morning before the National Guard Association of the United States, President Bush described a terror plot the government thwarted.  This is from the White House transcript, including the "sic" and the footnote:
An experiment?  (1)  —  Another experiment today, this time an exercise in transparency.  One reason the blogosphere fascinates me, as someone who makes a living from the mainstream media, is because it so clearly shows the long, pent-up resentment of so many readers at the unequal distribution of power …
Washington Post:
Steele Apologizes for Holocaust Remarks  —  Compared Stem Cell Research to Nazi Medical Experiments  —  Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele apologized this morning for telling a Baltimore Jewish group yesterday that he believes stem cell research could be comparable to Nazi medical testing on Jews during World War II.

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