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1:50 PM 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."
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Katrina Tape Transcripts Show Media Hack Job  —  For those who want to see the transcripts themselves of the video conferences, the New York Times has them for the August 28th and August 29th briefings.  The transcript for the 29th makes one garbled mention of the levees around New Orleans (page 6).
Discussion: Wizbang and A Blog For All
Washington Post:
Video Shows Bush Being Warned on Katrina
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.
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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 …
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Justices Express Concern Over Aspects of Some Texas Redistricting
Discussion: Charging RINO
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
High Court Reviews Texas Redistricting
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:   Alito's Note to Evangelist Is Called Just Thanks
Judd / Think Progress:
BREAKING: Al-Qaeda Infiltrated UAE Government, According To 2002 Letter  —  New evidence has emerged that key agencies of the United Arab Emirates may have been infiltrated by al-Qaeda.  In May or June of 2002, al Qaeda officials wrote a letter to the UAE government claiming the emirates were "well aware" of the infiltration.
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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.
BREITBART.COM:
Lawmakers still angered, but growing resigned over ports deal
Washington Post:
U.S., India Seal Nuclear Deal  —  Accord Sets Up Sharing of Data, Fuel to Satisfy Rising Energy Needs  —  NEW DELHI, March 2 — President Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh struck what both leaders called an historic agreement Thursday to provide U.S. nuclear power assistance …
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and Wonkette
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Murray Waas / hotstory.nationaljournal.com:
What Bush Was Told About Iraq  —  Two highly classified intelligence reports delivered directly to President Bush before the Iraq war cast doubt on key public assertions made by the president, Vice President Cheney, and other administration officials as justifications for invading Iraq …
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 …
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 …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Prisons Often Shackle Pregnant Inmates in Labor  —  Shawanna Nelson, a prisoner at the McPherson Unit in Newport, Ark., had been in labor for more than 12 hours when she arrived at Newport Hospital on Sept. 20, 2003.  Ms. Nelson, whose legs were shackled together and who had been given nothing stronger …
Sifu Tweety / The Poor Man Institute:
Kitten pictures  —  Oh no, I'm being unserious!  —  Serenely contented soccer dad Jeff Goldstein does his pre-doctoral best to spin William F. Buckley's editorial declaring the Iraq war a failure as just another example of cowardly liberal sedition.  Except, you know, not by Buckley.
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Informed Comment
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 …
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.
Associated Press:
Rice shows off her fitness regime  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Condoleezza Rice, the nation's top diplomat, is appearing in a three-part TV interview in which she rides a bike, works on her abs, pumps iron and talks about her weight.  —  Public figures usually do not go public when they work on their figures …
Karen Rouse / Denver Post:
Teacher caught in Bush "rant"  —  The Overland High educator is on administrative leave.  Cherry Creek's superintendent said a balanced viewpoint will be given to students.  —  An Overland High School teacher who criticized President Bush, capitalism and U.S. foreign policy during …
 
 
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