Federal officials appear to be seeking proof to blame the flood of New Orleans on environmental groups, documents show. Continue reading
According to an ever reliable (uhem) source, that is, a gossip column I’ve been known to browse, the doctor who (uhem) spoke up to Mr. Cheney, that Ron posted about earlier, Makes Me Proud To Be A Doctor, now has BLOG. There’s pictures, too.
It’s a given that the Bush administration, which tried to turn Iraq into a laboratory for conservative economic policies, will try the same thing on the Gulf Coast. The Heritage Foundation, which has surely been helping Karl Rove develop the administration’s recovery plan, has already published a manifesto on post-Katrina policy. Continue reading
Leadership isn’t a speech or a toll-free number. Leadership is getting the job done. No American doubts that New Orleans will rise again, they doubt the competence and commitment of this Administration. Weeks after Katrina, Americans want an end to politics-as-usual that leaves them dangerously and unforgivably unprepared. Continue reading
The day before the hurricane made landfall, the president of the United States received a briefing on the enormity of the storm. But when floodwaters poured into America’s Gulf Coast, America’s government sat on its hands. Continue reading
Three watchdog groups, including two in New York that monitored the post-9/11 reconstruction of Lower Manhattan, today cautioned Gulf Coast leaders and members of Congress that they “should closely monitor the design of Hurricane Katrina aid packages so that low- and moderate-income people, unemployed workers, and small businesses are treated fairly.” In New York, the groups warn, much of the $20 billion allocated for economic development has benefited real estate developers and wealthy neighborhoods.
(Larry Downing / Reuters) In a photo from earlier today, it’s evident that Mayor Nagin is not impressed.
The Daily Nightly has a pre-released exerpts of Bush’s speech tonight, here. ThinkProgress has the right wing’s talking points for the speech here. Here’s the first pre-speech criticism from the Newswires: Former Democratic Whip David Bonior’s Statement on President Bush’s Plans to Lock Poverty into Gulf Coast’s Recovery WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 /U.S. Newswire/ — Following is a statement from former Democratic Whip David Bonior: “Whatever apologies and promises the President makes publicly tonight, we know to whom he’s pledged his allegiance behind closed doors: Big business.