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10:50 AM ET, March 2, 2006

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Hindrocket / Power Line:
MORE LEAKS; THIS TIME, KATRINA  —  Taking a cue from the CIA, someone in the federal bureaucracy has leaked transcripts and video tapes having to do with Hurricane Katrina to the Associated Press.  The AP treats the resulting story as an expose, with the headline: "Tape: Bush, Chertoff Warned Before Katrina."
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Washington Post:
Video Shows Bush Being Warned on Katrina  —  Officials Detailed a Dire Threat to New Orleans  —  A newly leaked video recording of high-level government deliberations the day before Hurricane Katrina hit shows disaster officials emphatically warning President Bush that the storm posed …
Jane Hamsher / firedoglake:
You Knew That Katrina Karma Was Going To Be a Nasty Bitch  —  But who knew it was going to be so direct.  —  George Bush with Diane Sawyer, September 1, 2005: … But now according to a new tape unearthed by the AP, we see Bush being advised by experts the day before the storm hit:
New York Times:
Unaware as Levees Fell, Officials Expressed Relief  —  WASHINGTON, March 1 — A newly released transcript of a government videoconference shows that hours after Hurricane Katrina made landfall, federal and state officials did not know that the levees in New Orleans were failing …
Discussion: Crooked Timber and RuminateThis
Associated Press:
Tape: Bush, Chertoff Warned Before Katrina
Crooks and Liars:
Bush-Katrina Early warning Video
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Katrina Tape Transcripts Show Media Hack Job
Discussion: A Blog For All
John / AMERICAblog:
New video shows Bush was warned levees could breach BEFORE Katrina …
Discussion: TPRS and Democrats.com
Jeffrey Jones / Reuters:
N.Orleans mayor "shocked" by pre-Katrina Bush video
Discussion: Macsmind and ScrappleFace
ReddHedd / firedoglake:
It's All About The Lying  —  Why are the Bush Administration poll numbers tanking?
Discussion: Norwegianity
Dafydd / Big Lizards:
Into the Breach, Dear Friends!
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and QandO
Kevin Aylward / Wizbang:
REWRITING KATRINA HISTORY - AP STYLE
Discussion: Power Line
Gina Holland / Associated Press:
High Court Tackles Political Boundry Case  —  WASHINGTON - A key Supreme Court justice said Wednesday that Texas Republicans appeared to hurt minority voters when they redrew congressional boundaries that helped the GOP entrench its power in Congress.  —  But despite Justice Anthony M …
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The Justices Look at Some Shapely . . . Congressional Districts  —  The Supreme Court hosted its own performance of "Beauty and the Beast" this week.  On Tuesday, it heard the plea of Anna Nicole Smith, the former stripper and Playboy Playmate seeking a share of her deceased husband's fortune.
rawstory.com:
Alito thanks Christian right leader for supporting nomination; Says he will 'keep in mind' trust on court  —  RAW STORY  —  James Dobson, head of the evangelical Christian group Focus on the Family, has received a personal note from Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito commending them for their help …
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
High Court Reviews Texas Redistricting  —  Hearing Focuses on Constitutional Issues  —  The Supreme Court heard the oral argument yesterday on Texas's controversial 2003 redistricting plan, putting a spotlight on constitutional issues that have sometimes been overshadowed …
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Justices Express Concern Over Aspects of Some Texas Redistricting
Discussion: Charging RINO
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:   Alito's Note to Evangelist Is Called Just Thanks
Vital Perspective:
Bombing Outside U.S. Consulate in Karachi, American Diplomat Killed in Blast  —  Two explosions including a deadly suicide car bombing ripped through Karachi, Pakistan on Thursday morning and left at least four dead - including a U.S. diplomat - and dozens wounded as President Bush prepares to visit Pakistan on Saturday.
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New York Times:
U.S. Is Reducing Safety Penalties for Mine Flaws  —  CRAIGSVILLE, W.Va. — In its drive to foster a more cooperative relationship with mining companies, the Bush administration has decreased major fines for safety violations since 2001, and in nearly half the cases, it has not collected the fines …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Rhetoric of Unreality  —  When late in the spring of 1940 people of southeastern England flocked across the Channel in their pleasure craft and fishing boats to evacuate soldiers trapped on Dunkirk beaches, euphoria swept Britain.  So Prime Minister Winston Churchill sternly told the nation …
Art Barnum / Chicago Tribune:
Alleged rape victim won't have to view tape  —  A Naperville woman who alleges she was videotaped while being raped four years ago will not be forced to view the tape at a defendant's trial, a judge decided today.  —  After a brief hearing on the issue in the Bridgeview branch of Cook County Circuit Court …
Washington Post:
Saudi Group Alleges Wiretapping by U.S.  —  Defunct Charity's Suit Details Eavesdropping  —  Documents cited in federal court by a defunct Islamic charity may provide the first detailed evidence of U.S. residents being spied upon by President Bush's secret eavesdropping program …
Rebecca Dana / New York Observer:
Did Nancy Grace, TV Crimebuster, Muddy Her Myth?  —  Every crime-fighting superhero has a creation story.  Nancy Grace, the prosecutor turned breakout star at CNN Headline News, has a particularly moving one.  As she tells it, in the summer of 1980, she was a 19-year-old college student …
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Atlantic Monthly Selects Times Reporter as New Editor  —  After a lengthy search, The Atlantic Monthly today named a new editor — James Bennet, a reporter for The New York Times, who will be following a long line of storied editors from James Russell Lowell and William Dean Howells to Michael Kelly.
Discussion: LA Observed
Philip Pullella / Reuters:
Soviet Union ordered Pope shooting: Italy commission  —  ROME (Reuters) - Leaders of the former Soviet Union were behind the assassination attempt against Pope John Paul II in 1981, an Italian parliamentary investigative commission said in a report.  —  A final draft of the report …
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / Financial Times:
Bill Clinton helped Dubai on ports deal  —  Bill Clinton, former US president, advised top officials from Dubai two weeks ago on how to address growing US concerns over the acquisition of five US container terminals by DP World.  —  It came even as his wife, Senator Hillary Clinton, was leading efforts to derail the deal.
CNN:
Lawmaker: Port deal never probed for terror ties  —  Coast Guard official says ports 'far more secure now'  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A review of a United Arab Emirates-owned company's plan to take over a portion of operations at key U.S. ports never looked into whether the company had ties …
 
 
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