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9:45 AM ET, March 2, 2006

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Associated Press:
Tape: Bush, Chertoff Warned Before Katrina  —  WASHINGTON - In dramatic and sometimes agonizing terms, federal disaster officials warned President Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees, put lives at risk in New Orleans' Superdome …
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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 …
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."
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:
Crooks and Liars:
Bush-Katrina Early warning Video  —  Bush-Katrina Early warning Video  —  Here's the video of this breaking story.  Hat tip David Edwards.  FEMA Brown is telling everyone that this is the "BIG ONE!"  Bush says in the video that he's "fully prepared."  He sure didn't act like he was now did he?
Newsweek:
Who Knew What?  —  The discovery of a missing Katrina transcript provides new details about President Bush's involvement in tracking the hurricane  —  March 1, 2006 - The vacationing President George W. Bush was "very engaged" in monitoring Hurricane Katrina developments right …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Hoffmania!
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
New Video Undermines Bush Assertions About Pre-Katrina (UPDATED)  —  Yet another credibility problem for President George W. Bush — a potentially big one on what the government knew and what he was told before Hurricane Katrina hits:  —  The Associated Press is reporting on …
New York Times:
Unaware as Levees Fell, Officials Expressed Relief
Discussion: Crooked Timber and RuminateThis
John / AMERICAblog:
New video shows Bush was warned levees could breach BEFORE Katrina …
Discussion: Wizbang, TPRS and Democrats.com
Jeffrey Jones / Reuters:
N.Orleans mayor "shocked" by pre-Katrina Bush video
Discussion: Macsmind and ScrappleFace
Dafydd / Big Lizards:
Into the Breach, Dear Friends!
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and QandO
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.
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 …
Discussion: Election Law and Prairie Weather
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:   Justices Express Concern Over Aspects of Some Texas Redistricting
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:   Analysis: Much of "DeLay map" may survive
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 …
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 …
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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.
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
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 …
 
 
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