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Disaster Wars

October 3, 2005 - The Independent (London) reports on a leaked internal report from the Office of Secretary of Defense which finds that "endemic corruption, divisions within the military and troop shortages caused by the Iraq war" are to blame for the government's horrible respo


October 1, 2005 - The NY Times has a story for tomorrow (co-written by Eric Lipton, who with Ron Nixon brought you the story last Monday about where Katrina contracts are going), about the 91,000 tons of ice FEMA bought to cool food and help hurricane victims -- at a cost to

Gingrich, 10 Years After the Revolution

September 30, 2005 - Remember Newt Gingrich? It's been exactly 10 years since the then-Georgia rep. was the poster child for the conservative movement, voted Time's "Man of the Year" for his role in leading the much-heralded Republican Revolution of the mid-1990s.


By R. Neal
September 29, 2005 - The right-wing "porkbusters" are looking for programs to eliminate in order to pay for the Katrina/Rita disaster, i.e. "offsets." Of course, the usual suspects such as funding for PBS, Amtrak, the National Endowment for the Arts, etc. are at the top of the list.

New Reporting and House Action on Katrina Contracts

September 27, 2005 - If you haven't seen it already, today's New York Times story about post-Katrina contracts byEric Lipton and Southern Exposure alumn Ron Nixon is a good one. They've culled through the government's first batch of documents about who's getting the money. Here's some of what they found:

NOLA Survivor Stories

September 21, 2005 - City Pages of Minneapolis/St. Paul has collected a moving series of first-hand accounts of New Orleans residents relocated to Minnesota in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.