Katrina Timeline Belies White House Spin

September 7, 2005 - In the wake of the universally-condemned response to Katrina, the New York Times reported last Sunday that the White House was rolling out a carefully-crafted PR campaign "to move the blame for the slow response to Louisiana state officials."

The Katrina Profiteers, Cont'd

September 7, 2005 - In a follow-up to our previous post about the Iraq military contractors now sniffing for disaster money in Louisiana, Josh Marshall points out that Joe Allbaugh -- who left FEMA to cash in on Iraq reconstructio


August 31, 2005 - By R. Neal We're watching the reports from the Gulf Coast and New Orleans. I am unable to process, much less describe, the magnitude of what we are seeing. Not much else seems very important today. As the personal accounts start coming in, we begin to get an idea of the terrifying ordeal those who could not or would not leave have endured.

The Solid South?

August 17, 2005 - Survey USA has just released a new 50-state poll on President Bush's approval ratings. Not everyone is a fan of their polling techniques, but it's a useful snapshot, being one of the only polls with a state-by-state breakdown. And the results from the South are very interesting.

Supreme Court Split among Conservatives?

July 19, 2005 - Pam's House Blend has the latest on the rapidly emerging favorite for O'Connor's Supreme Court spot, Edith Brown Clement of the U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans. She's no centrist, but there might be a little discontent on the right if she's the one.

Belated Regrets Dept.

June 14, 2005 - The U.S. Senate has apologized for not passing anti-lynching legislation when it was really needed -- say, 70, 80, 90 years ago, when some of the 4700 lives that were taken in lynchings across the country might have been saved.

Sinking Into the Sea

June 6, 2005 - The Louisiana coast may be rapidly sinking into the Gulf of Mexico. And Texas may be next. But how fast, and why?