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Democrats Rip Bush Hurricane Response

WASHINGTON (AP) — Louisiana’s senior senator on Sunday escalated the Democrats’ rhetoric against the Bush administration’s hurricane response, accusing the White House of a ”full court press” to blame state and local officials for the initial sluggish rescue effort.

Israeli flag lowered over Gaza

The Israeli flag has been lowered over Gaza, symbolizing the end of 38 years of Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory two weeks ahead of schedule.

Pilot for American speaks about 9/11

Pilot with American Airlines speaks about September 11, 2001.

Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown

Clarence Brown, the singer and guitarist who built a 50-year career playing blues, country, jazz and Cajun music, died Saturday in his hometown of Orange, Texas, where he had gone to escape Hurricane Katrina, his agent said. He was 81.

Government and Floods

Government begins with disaster — in fact, in response to floods. The earliest civilizations were riverbank cultures along the Nile, the Tigris, the Euphrates. And the first truly large-scale collective human endeavor was to build levees to prevent those rivers from overflowing their banks and destroying humankind’s first crops

Shaw, Halliburton and Bechtel

Companies with ties to the Bush White House and the former head of FEMA are clinching some of the administration’s first disaster relief and reconstruction contracts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

New Orleans: A Geopolitical Prize

It was in New Orleans that the barges from upstream were unloaded and their cargos stored, sold and reloaded on ocean-going vessels. Until last Sunday, New Orleans was, in many ways, the pivot of the American economy.