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Chertoff: “We need to re-engineer FEMA’

Department of Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff told a House committee Wednesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response to Hurricane Katrina was “not without flaws” and that he was prepared to “re-engineer FEMA’ to respond better to future disasters. You can read Chertoff’s prepared remarks, as well as Associated Press and New York Times

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Arrest warrant issued for Tom DeLay; lawmaker to turn himself in

An arrest warrant has been issued for Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) in Travis County, Texas. DeLay was indicted for conspiracy and money laundering in two separate indictments by the Travis County grand jury. DeLay has maintained his innocence. Dick DeGuerin, DeLay’s defense attorney, said that DeLay would appear and post the $10,000 bond. DeLay’s first

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Adult website tries to shut down Google Image Search

Adult entertainment website Perfect 10 has sued Google in federal court, requesting an injunction to shut down Google Image Search. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has gone to bat (PDF) for Google in this case, saying that Google Image Search is fair use under copyright law. “Google Image Search helps millions of people locate and learn

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22,000 remain in hurricane shelters

The federal government is set to miss a self-imposed Oct. 15 deadline for having all of the Hurricane Katrina evacuees out of temporary shelters. The number in shelters across the nation peaked at more than 270,000 on Sept. 8, Coast Guard Vice Adm. Thad Allen said. President Bush set a mid-October goal for getting everyone

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Orange County, Calif. sheriff’s deputies continue assaults, battery

Deputies at the Orange County jail in California have a long history of assaulting and battering people brought into the jail for even the most minor offenses. And the corrupt city officials are doing nothing about it except settling out of court and paying off the inevitable lawsuits. The latest victim was Joshua Dominic Wilson,

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Why you’re always broke: 40% of your money goes to taxes

Between federal, state and local governments in the United States, about 40% of Americans’ income goes to taxes and various statutory fees. And that’s why you’re having so much trouble getting ahead. Federal income taxes are only a small portion of the taxes we pay. We also pay federal payroll taxes for Social Security and

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CNN screws up interview with Kevin Mitnick

CNN on Friday published an interview with the infamous hacker Kevin Mitnick, and the interview is a fascinating look into what Mitnick is doing now that he’s out of prison and no longer on parole. However, CNN got a few vital facts wrong. The interview starts off with the obligatory introduction: To many, the name

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Why hasn’t poverty been eradicated?

Back in 1964, President Lyndon Johnson declared “War on Poverty.’ And yet, poverty is still with us. Why is this, and what can be done about it? Too many journalists seem unable to break free of their old assumptions, even when new evidence should cause some new thinking. Three articles in the Sept. 22 edition

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New Orleans police steal cars, attack reporters

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into New Orleans, a new danger to human life and property has emerged: the New Orleans Police Department. New Orleans police allegedly stole some 200 cars from a dealership well before Katrina even made landfall. Doug Stead, president and general manager of the dealership, said

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FEMA getting in the way of New Orleans autopsies

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is still screwing up disaster response to Hurricane Katrina, according to various news reports. The man in charge of identifying most of those killed by Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Coroner Frank Minyard, complained Thursday that federal regulations had unnecessarily slowed that process. The Federal Emergency Management Agency — which is

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