- Making News: Former FEMA Chief Defends Role in Hurricane Katrina Response
Former Director of FEMA Michael Brown got a tough grilling from Congressmen of both parties at the first hearing on what went wrong in the federal response to Katrina. Connecticut Republican Christopher Shays said Brown failed to coordinate with local officials." Robert Block, who is covering today's hearing for the Wall Street Journal, says Brown essentially laid the blame at the feet of Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco.
- Reporter's Notebook: News Accounts Mayhem at the Superdome Were Overstated
"Inflated body counts, unverified 'rapes,' and unconfirmed sniper attacks" were just some of the "myths" and rumors recycled and amplified by the media. The current editor of the Times-Picayune says that would not have happened if the hurricane victims had been "middle-class white people." Former reporter, columnist and editor Keith Woods is now Dean of Faculty at the Poynter Institute, a journalism school in Florida.
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Special: ‘Trump Baby’ flies over Big Ben… President Trump flies to Europe this week for meetings with NATO, the Queen and Russia’s President Putin. But the president won’t be the only Trump flying when he lands in the UK. An enormous, orange “Trump baby” balloon, complete with a diaper and cell phone is set to float just above the streets of London, for all to see. What else do British protestors have in store?
On the road to SCOTUS: Politics trumps the law Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation looks highly likely, but crucial issues won’t go away. The Supreme Court may see cases involving abortion, health care and the limits of presidential power. Can Democrats use upcoming hearings to dramatize what’s at stake--before November’s elections?
Politics and ‘incivility’ One Democrat wants Trump aides confronted in public over separating immigrant families. But her party’s leaders call that “incivility.” The question is: does moderation accomplish real change -- or is it a smokescreen for the status quo? When it comes to achieving racial equality, what’s worked and what hasn’t?
Family migration and the politics of incivility Separating immigrant families at the border may be something new, but the US has never extended the “Good Neighbor Policy” to Central America. Clinton and Bush discouraged newcomers, and Obama was called, “Deporter in Chief.” We’ll provide context ignored in mainstream media coverage.
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