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On the Ground: Disaster Flood Engineering

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

With the epic dimensions of this flood and the scope of infrastructure failures, how can the Army Corps of Engineers say to the devastated people that they had better get busy and "top the levees?"

The Saga Of The Protest Song

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

I figured maybe "Fortunate Son"'s rebellious tone had gotten his attention. But it was something more... my nephew was asking questions about its political lyrics and theme.

"Elite" Obama on the Front Lines--McCain AWOL

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Obama is on the front lines of the flood, helping residents clean up and start over. Where is McCain in this effort? Is he pitching in to help? Or is he off to another party at the Bush "ranch" in his wife's jet?

Obama vs McCain: Digging-In or "Standing Ready"

Beverly Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Beverly Davis

This weekend Barack Obama ditched his suit, picked up a shovel and started filling sandbags in the Midwest flood zone. John McCain sent a press release from a private fundraiser in Riverside, California.

FEMA Says Will Use Toxic Trailers Again

Grist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has promised it will never again use formaldehyde-tainted trailers to house victims of a natural disaster -- u...

Active Illness in Children due to Passive Politics: Is This Another Tuskegee Experiment?

Robin Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robin Wilson

The trailers FEMA sent to Katrina refugees were taxpayer-funded carcinogen containers -- with air quality so poor that the agency was issued an order to stop using them due to the high levels of formaldehyde.

When Endorsements Go All to Hell

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

It doesn't matter what national religious leaders John Hagge or Rod Parsley, or even Jeremiah Wright believe. What matters is what the person actually running for office believes, says and does.

Disaster Reponse in a Web 2.0 World

Rebecca Fannin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rebecca Fannin

Being in China one week after a massive earthquake reminds me of how advanced China is becoming -- and how the country's swift response has lessons for the U.S. and its poor handling of Katrina.

Serving the People vs. Clinging to Power

Philip Slater | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Slater

It's useful to compare the way China handled its national disaster with the way the Burmese handled the cyclone, and the way our Republican administration handled Katrina.

Unearthed: News of the Week the Mainstream Media Forgot to Report

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Brendan DeMelle

Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, fresh out of jail, talked to us about his Karl Rove-induced prosecution. He now has clear proof that his 2002 election was stolen by the GOP.

Katrina Evacuees Could Impact Texas Primary Outcome

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Karen Dalton-Beninato

When Hillary Clinton skipped visiting Louisiana just before the primaries, she sent Bill to New Orleans instead. After losing the state, Clinton at...

Sam Stein

Bush SOTU: Bin Laden Mentioned Once, Pakistan Twice | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sometimes, during a speech, what is left unsaid is more telling than the words uttered. This was certainly true during Monday night's State of the Uni...

FEMA Covered Up Cancer Risks To Katrina Victims

Salon | Sheila Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last summer, the Federal Emergency Management Agency was publicly shamed when lawmakers revealed the agency, to avoid lawsuits, put off testing traile...

New Orleans Protestors Vow To Keep Fighting

Associated Press | Cain Burdeau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

After violent clashes with police at City Hall, protesters vowed that the fight over a plan to demolish 218 public housing buildings for the poor was ...

Film Industry Keeps Big Easy Afloat

MarketWatch | Russ Britt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Call it "the other LA." In addition to sharing the same abbreviation as the film industry's capital, the state of Louisiana is capturing more of the ...

Edwards Redirects Investments To Aid Katrina Victims Facing Foreclosure

Wall Street Journal | Christopher Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, whose personal investments have been linked to foreclosure suits filed against three dozen victims of ...