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2:00 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 …
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 …
Discussion: Wizbang and Democrats.com
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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 …
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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Max Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Alito Sends James Dobson a Valentine
Gateway Pundit:
The Left Concocts a Poisonous Day of News  —  Three leading stories yesterday.  —  Three bogus stories yesterday.  —  ** ONE- CBS News is still true to form:  —  Bush Job Approval at 34%  —  Truth: The poll is 6.4 percentage points below the national average  —  Newsbusters:
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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Shakespeare's Sister:
Another Alleged Rape Victim Threatened with Jail
Discussion: The American Street and Pandagon
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Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
The End of Fukuyama  —  Why his latest pronouncements miss the mark.  —  I have a feeling that last week was a disappointing one for Francis Fukuyama, whose essay "After Neoconservatism" (adapted from his upcoming book America at the Crossroads) was awarded seven pages in the Feb. 19 New York Times Magazine.
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.
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.
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.
 
 
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CNN:
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MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE FRONT  —  Events in Iraq are ocurring …
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