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12:05 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 …
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: Hoffmania! and Macsmind
Jane Hamsher / firedoglake:   You Knew That Katrina Karma Was Going To Be a Nasty Bitch
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
New Video Undermines Bush Assertions About Pre-Katrina (UPDATED)
Washington Post:
Video Shows Bush Being Warned on Katrina
Discussion: Balloon Juice and SIVACRACY.NET
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 …
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns and Money:
Relive Your Rape Or Go To Prison (While Your Rapist Goes Free)
Discussion: and Feministe
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Bush Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan on Way to India  —  NEW DELHI, March 1 — President Bush made a surprise five-hour visit to Afghanistan today to meet with President Hamid Karzai and to see for the first time the country created after the United States went to war against the Taliban …
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 …
The Brussels Journal:
Anti-Jihad Manifesto Misses the Point  —  Today twelve international authors, most of them (former) Muslims, such as Salman Rushdie and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, but also a couple of "French philosophers," published a manifesto in the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.
Greyhawk / Mudville Gazette:
MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE FRONT  —  Events in Iraq are ocurring too swiftly to await the weekend for this update, so here's a special mid-week edition of our roundup of news from Iraq.  —  Today we meet the takfiri...  At Iraq the Model, Mohammed notes that the shrine attack was out of character …
Edward Wong / New York Times:
At Least 26 Killed in Latest Baghdad Attacks
Discussion: TAPPED and Washington Post
Mark Tapscott /
Oklahoma Bomb Squader Says Hinrichs Did Not Intend to Kill Self; Anti-Personnel Materials Found in His Apartment, Notes Describe AP Bomb Work  —  Today's edition of The Daily Oklahoman has a front-page story quoting a member of the Norman, Oklahoma bomb squad saying he believes Joel Hinrichs …
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Important developments in the NSA scandal  —  (updated below)  —  There were multiple noteworthy developments yesterday in the NSA scandal:  —  (1) There is a truly amazing 50-state survey (h/t Markos) on the views of Americans regarding the NSA scandal — and specifically their beliefs about whether George Bush broke the law.
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.
Yale Daily News:
Ex-Taliban can learn from Yale experience  —  I was more than a little puzzled to see the self-satisfied mug of Rahmatullah Hashemi '09 smiling at me from the front of the News on Monday.  The last time I saw that Cheshire grin was in Michael Moore's otherwise manipulative "Fahrenheit 9/11 …
Discussion: TigerHawk
Associated Press:
Miss. House committee votes to ban most abortions  —  JACKSON, Miss. - A Mississippi House committee voted Tuesday to ban most abortions in the state - an unexpected move that left abortion opponents grappling to stake out a position on a proposal that could prompt a lengthy court battle.
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.
Jonathan E. Kaplan / The Hill:
Former Conyers aides press ethics complaints  —  Two former aides to Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) have alleged that he repeatedly violated House ethics rules.  —  Deanna Maher, a former deputy chief of staff in Conyers's Detroit office, and Sydney Rooks, a former legal counsel in the district office …
Anna Johnson / Associated Press:
Study: Few Americans Know 1st Amendment  —  CHICAGO - Americans apparently know more about "The Simpsons" than they do about the First Amendment.  —  Only one in four Americans can name more than one of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment (freedom of speech, religion, press …
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Tom Friedman on Lou Dobbs
Discussion: and Hugh Hewitt
Ana Menendez / Miami Herald:
While Shalala lives in luxury, janitors struggle
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Unintended Pregnancy Linked to State Funding Cuts
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Garrison Keillor / Salon:
Impeach Bush  —  The man was lost and then he was found …
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
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Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Play About Demonstrator's Death Is Delayed
Alan Cooperman / Washington Post:
The House's Catholic Democrats Detail Role Religion Plays