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Life Beyond Poop

Meredith Lopez | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Meredith Lopez

Poop is not only a topic of conversation among new parents, it's pretty much the only topic for any new parents.

Jason Linkins

Fox News Chyron Mislabels Dem Strategist As Bush Staffer | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Via Media Matters, here's a chyron from this morning's Fox News broadcast, misidentifying Democratic strategist Michael Brown as the incompetent horse...

Glenn Beck Recycles X-Files Plot to Spread Fear of Obama

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeffrey Feldman

Glenn Beck's latest criticism of President Obama's economic policies seems to have been ripped directly from the plot of FOX TV's past hit series The X-Files.

The Monkey's Pawn: Monkey Misery Outshines Human Misery in Louisiana's Delta

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Georgianne Nienaber

While the NYT signals that all is well in Congo because the mountain gorilla is well fed, a woman places her newborn baby on a tattered piece of cloth covering a bed of grass on lava rock.

Louisiana's Landrieu Calls for Resignation of FEMA Chief of Staff

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Georgianne Nienaber

The four-year anniversary of Katrina approaches in August. Life in New Orleans has not returned to pre-storm "normality," despite billions of federal dollars that never seem to reach the ground.

Winds of Change: The Rebirth of New Orleans

Mark Newberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Newberg

While we haven't been watching, New Orleans has been working. And now, just as the first signs of spring have arrived, the signs of New Orleans' rebirth are there, if only we care to look.

FEMA Food Given To Storm Victims May Have Salmonella Peanut Butter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Food kits recently distributed as part of a disaster relief effort in Kentucky and Arkansas may contain peanut butter contaminated with salmonella lin...

Three Things Congress (Yes, Congress) Must Do to Fix FEMA

Kelly Caldwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kelly Caldwell

Of the many tragic failures of FEMA in the last seven years, those related to housing were among the most conspicuous. And they were caused in part by Congressional blunders.

Planes, Presidents, and the Big Apple

Giles Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Giles Slade

Politicians are mainly now-guys, welded to the present, forced to react to the remorseless wheel of change with little time to see bigger pictures.

The Next FEMA

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

This was originally published as an exclusive commentary for Washington Monthly. Barack Obama must begin rebuilding federal agencies fast--or risk se...

Ex-FEMA Head Michael Brown Evacuated In Colorado Wildfire

Colorado Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Hurricane Katrina victims take note. Michael Brown is safe. A series of wind-whipped wildfires north of Boulder, Colo., have forced the evacuation of...

Katrina Victims Being Forced Out Of FEMA Homes

USA Today | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Thousands of cottages housing hurricane victims on the Mississippi Gulf Coast will be vacated next month, even though many of their occupants aren't r...

Anh "Joseph" Cao: The Surprises Are Just Beginning

Eric Tang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Tang

The improbable victory of Joseph Cao gave Republicans something to gloat about in the wake of its November defeats. But Republicans may soon learn that they're getting more than they bargained for.

To the Presidential Candidates....Debate This!

Deirdre Imus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deirdre Imus

No question, the energy and economic crisis affect us all. But noticeably absent from the primaries and now the presidential debates have been any discussions about America's children.

Bush's Interview wtih Charlie Gibson Marks the Start of His Effort to Revise History

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

The colossal failures of the Bush administration should be what is remembered about Bush's eight years in office, not some feeble attempt to show what a principled guy he was.

Fixing The Responder, Ignoring the Cause?

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

FEMA was the poster child for federal incompetence, according to the consensus media narrative of the New Orleans flooding disaster. But the true poster child was and is the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Yes We Did! But There Is a Lot More to Do

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Obama has not hit a home run; he has merely earned the right to step into the batter's box.

If You Like FEMA, You'll Love HUD

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Harry Shearer

The Kafkaesque mobius strip of bureaucratic delays and excuses in New Orleans contrasts interestingly with the long-ago Jackson Square promise by the president to cut through red tape.

Undocumented Immigrants Eligible For FEMA Flood Relief

Chicago Public Radio | Mike Rhee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Some residents in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood might not be taking advantage of federal flood assistance. Officials are especially concerned und...

Thousands Seek Flood Relief Money

Southtown Star | Jim Hook | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Ernest Hill came to the Illinois Department of Human Services office in Blue Island Thursday morning seeking financial relief from last month's devast...

Greening Hollywood: TreePeople's L.A. 2.0

Paige Donner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paige Donner

"We're doing a full retrofit of Los Angeles. L.A. 2.0. We're creating a sustainable prototype by retrofitting Los Angeles with a functioning forest."

FEMA Opens Disaster Center

Chi-Town Daily News | Craig Kanalley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The new FEMA Disaster Relief Center in Albany Park was up and running yesterday, but there were few visitors. The office is new and word of it has yet...

Formaldehyde In FEMA Trailers For Katrina, Rita Victims Prompted No Action From Government

LA Times | Mary Engel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention failed to act for at least a year on warnings that trailers housing refugees from Hurricanes Katrina an...

Why The CDC Ignored Formaldehyde Levels In FEMA Trailers

ProPublica | Joaquin Sapien | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The Centers for Disease Control study (PDF) sounded reassuring when it was made public in 2007. Hurricane Katrina survivors didn't have to worry about...

Operation USA Named #1 Privately Funded Charity

Richard Walden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Richard Walden

Most of the large brand name relief groups derive 20-75% of all their funds from US government agencies but non-governmental Operation USA is not beholden to political winds.