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5:20 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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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?
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 …
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!
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:
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 …
John / AMERICAblog:
New video shows Bush was warned levees could breach BEFORE Katrina hit - Bush lied when he said no one could imagine levees breaching  —  Oh my God.  The Associated Press obtained video tapes and transcripts showing Bush and Chertoff being briefed, the day BEFORE Katrina hit …
Discussion: Wizbang and Democrats.com
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."
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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Charles Lane / Washington Post:
High Court Reviews Texas Redistricting
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 …
Discussion: Riehl World View
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Terence Hunt / Associated Press:
Bush Confident Bin Laden Will Be Captured  —  KABUL, Afghanistan - In a surprise visit under extraordinary security, President Bush expressed unwavering confidence Wednesday that Osama bin Laden will be captured despite years of fruitless manhunts for the elusive terrorist leader …
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Max Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Alito Sends James Dobson a Valentine  —  During his broadcast today, Focus on the Family founder and president James Dobson promoted his organization's annual ex-gay conference, Love Won Out, in which gays and their families are told that homosexuality is "preventable and treatable."
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rawstory.com:
Alito thanks Christian right leader for supporting nomination …
Discussion: pesky'apostrophe
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.
The Anonymous Liberal:
You Read it Here First  —  The Anonymous Liberal, February 1, 2006:  —  Why is the Administration so reluctant to allow Congress to see these memos?  My hunch is that it's because the Administration's current legal posture looks very different than the one it originally adopted when it authorized this program in late 2001.
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 …
Peter Savodnik / The Hill:
House Republicans could see 10 to 15 more retirements  —  House Republicans have limited most of their retirements to conservatives in solidly red districts and a handful of statewide-office seekers, but political analysts say 10 to 15 more Republicans could announce in the coming months that they are stepping down.
Laura Lee Donoho / The Wide Awake Cafe:
So Much Swill  —  John Zogby took a poll of the troops in Iraq and claims that 72% want the war ended in 2006.  The poll was paid for by anti-war activists and the methodology is secret.  Yet this lie is sailing around the world through the ravening wolves of the media who chew on anti-Bush agitprop …
 
 
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