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11:15 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 …
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 …
Crooks and Liars:
Bush-Katrina Early warning Video
Jeffrey Jones / Reuters:
N.Orleans mayor "shocked" by pre-Katrina Bush video
Discussion: Macsmind and ScrappleFace
Associated Press:
Tape: Bush, Chertoff Warned Before Katrina
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Katrina Tape Transcripts Show Media Hack Job
Discussion: A Blog For All
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
ReddHedd / firedoglake:   It's All About The Lying  —  Why are the Bush Administration poll numbers tanking?
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
JBD / Charging RINO:
SCOTUS Redistricting Roundup
Discussion: PoliBlog and The Moderate Voice
New York Times:
U.S. and India Reach Agreement on Nuclear Cooperation  —  NEW DELHI, March 2 — President Bush and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India announced here today that they had reached agreement on putting into effect what Mr. Bush called a "historic" nuclear pact that would help India satisfy …
Discussion: Wonkette and PoliBlog
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New York Times:
Doubts Back Home Fuel G.O.P. Worries Over Ports Deal  —  WASHINGTON, March 1 — Senator Jon Kyl, a staunch supporter of President Bush who faces a potentially difficult re-election fight this year, is hearing a lot from constituents in Arizona about the plan to allow a Dubai company to operate shipping terminals at Eastern ports.
Discussion: The RCP Blog and JustOneMinute
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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 …
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 …
Bruce I. Konviser / Washington Times:
Smuggled photos lay Havana bare  —  PRAGUE — A set of photos showing the suffering of Cuban AIDS victims and the squalid conditions in a Havana shantytown went on display here last week after having been smuggled out of Cuba by a Czech fashion model.  —  Helena Houdova, whose face has graced …
Discussion: Power Line and Publius Pundit
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Head High, Hamas Member Returns From Israeli Jail  —  DEIR GHASSANA, West Bank, Feb. 26 — On Sunday, Mahmoud Youssef Barghouti came home to a different kind of reception.  —  His family and friends traveled to a rainy checkpoint to greet him, pale and bearded in new black jeans and silvery running shoes …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and NewsBusters.org
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 …
Washington Post:
U.S. Reviewing 2nd Dubai Firm  —  The Bush administration, stung by the public outcry over the Dubai port deal, has launched a national security investigation of another Dubai-owned company set to take over plants in Georgia and Connecticut that make precision components used in engines for military aircraft and tanks.
Wretchard / The Belmont Club:
What's wrong with this picture?  —  Some observations from Tim Blair: … Commentary  —  I think the real reason for the reluctance among Anglospheric publications to print the Danish cartoons was less timidity than the fear of tacitly repudiating the underlying assumption of the President Bush's War …
San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. supervisors ask lawmakers to impeach Bush  —  San Francisco's supervisors jumped into national politics Tuesday, passing a resolution asking the city's Democratic congressional delegation to seek the impeachment of President Bush for failing to perform his duties by leading the country into war in Iraq …
Discussion: Moonbattery and Sister Toldjah
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
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.
Katherine Kersten / Opinion Journal:
Black Flight  —  The exodus to charter schools.  —  MINNEAPOLIS—Something momentous is happening here in the home of prairie populism: black flight.  African-American families from the poorest neighborhoods are rapidly abandoning the district public schools, going to charter schools …
 
 
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