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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.
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.
Daniela Deane / Washington Post:
Former FEMA Chief Blames DHS  —  Michael Brown, the embattled former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, testified before a Senate committee today that he told a top White House official on the day Hurricane Katrina struck that "our worst nightmares" had come true in New Orleans.
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 …
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.
ReddHedd / firedoglake:
The Caged Bird Sings
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
Michael Kinsley / Washington Post:
The Ayatollah Joke Book
Discussion: Cold Fury and Overlawyered
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 …
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 …
Swedish rightists publish cartoons  —  Government angry country may become embroiled in row  —  STOCKHOLM, Sweden (Reuters) — Sweden's government has expressed concern that a small anti-immigrant party had put cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed on its newspaper's website, which could drag Sweden into protests by angry Muslims.
Stephen Brook / Guardian:
Political magazine pulls cartoon after police warning  —  Politics magazine the Liberal has followed the Spectator in publishing then hastily withdrawing from its website one of the controversial Danish cartoons featuring the prophet Muhammad.  —  The independent title …
Discussion: Cold Fury, Daimnation! and Jihad Watch
BBC:   Sweden shuts website over cartoon
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.
Jennifer Skalka / Baltimore Sun:
Steele's words at meeting faulted … Discussing his position on embryonic stem cell research with Baltimore Jewish leaders yesterday, Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele said he is "concerned about the destruction of human life" and made a comparison between the controversial science and experiments done on Jews during the Holocaust.
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
Kevin Drum / The Washington Monthly:
ABORTION....Anne Lamott was on a panel about politics and faith recently, and everyone was nodding and agreeing and having a grand old time until the subject of abortion came up: … It's nice to hear a few people of faith still willing to say this.  I know it's bad for elections and bad …
Discussion: Eschaton and IMAO
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 …
Stop Worrying About the Trade Deficit  —  America's trade deficit — in December reaching a near-record $64.7 billion — is unfortunate, right?  —  Wrong.  Contrary to popular opinion, this so-called "deficit" is a blessing.  —  Consider that if Americans export lumber, sheetrock …
Joseph Carroll / Gallup:
Bush Approval Steady at 42%  —  Approval ratings show essentially no change since late November 2005  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President George W. Bush's State of the Union address on Jan. 31 did little to move his overall job approval rating, according to a new Gallup Poll.
Media Blog on National Review Online:
Bennett on CNN's Double Standard  —  On CNN today, Bill Bennett hit back at the American media, especially CNN, for refusing to show the Danish cartoons that sparked the current controversy.  During the lead-in, CNN showed a number of anti-Semitic cartoons from Middle Eastern newspapers …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Power Line
Radio Blogger:
The Smart Guys on the freelancing FISA judges.  —  HH: The big story of the day, though not recognized as such by many yet, is a front page story in the Washington Post on the operations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.  In particular, the operations of its two chief judges in succession …

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