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State of New Orleans
From ThinkProgress

One Year Later: The Real State of New Orleans

President Bush may be giving speeches about how the federal government is standing with the people of the Gulf Coast, but as ThinkProgress points out, the facts speak for themselves:

  • Sixty percent of homes still lack electricity.
  • Less than half of the city?s pre-storm population of 460,000 has returned.
  • Nearly a third of the trash is yet to be picked up.
  • Also, check out this superb Katrina timeline.
  • UPDATE: Watch MSNBC footage of Katrina’s devastation.

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    Schwarzenegger and Angelides
    From FoxNews

    Schwarzenegger Running Away With Race, Say Polls

    “The Governator” has opened up a big lead over opponent Phil Angelides in the November California governor’s race. It’s quite a comeback considering how badly voters spanked Arnold by voting down his four ballot proposals last year. (Kos has the details).

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    Cheney and Nursultan Nazarbayev
    AP / Shawn Thew

    Hypocrisy Alert: Bush to Embrace Kazakhstani Autocrat

    Just after launching an initiative to combat international kleptocracy, President Bush is scheduled to meet with the leader of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, a man who stands accused in U.S. courts of high-level bribery and who runs his country as a repressive despot.

  • Nazarbayev just happens to rule an oil-rich country. Above, Dick Cheney meets with Nazarbayev in May.

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    Times Withholds Article in Britain

    The New York Times blocked UK readers from accessing an online article about new details in the British terror case. Instead, readers in England saw this explanation, “British law ... prohibits publication of prejudicial information about the defendants prior to trial.?

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    Whistleblower
    From youtube.com

    Whistle-Blower Makes His Case on YouTube

    Shortly before being fired, a Lockheed Martin engineer posted a 10-minute video on YouTube alleging that the military contractor was turning a blind eye to critical security flaws on Coast Guard patrol boats. An investigation is underway. It’s apparently the first time someone has used YouTube to make such an accusation. (Article / Video)

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    Arabic T-Shirt Keeps Man Off Plane

    An Iraqi architect at JFK Airport was wearing a shirt that read “We Will Not Be Silent” in Arabic and English. Security officers said it was upsetting other passengers, and said he couldn’t board until he turned it inside-out or put on something else. He chose the latter. (Read his reaction after the jump) (h/t: Raw Story)
    This is pretty ridiculous: If security guards were worried that he was a terrorist, a new shirt wouldn’t have thwarted his plot. And if they didn’t suspect he was a terrorist, why can’t he wear a shirt of protest?

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    Bush to Be Subpoenaed in Spying Case

    From U.S. Newswire: “Two lawyers who brought the first lawsuit against the Bush administration, Verizon and AT&T for illegally examining the phone records of virtually every American citizen will announce today that they are serving subpoenas on the Bush White House and on Verizon.”
    We suspect those lawyers may have a bit of trouble nailing down that particular deposition.

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    Science City on Maui's Haleakala
    Peter Scheer

    Here We Go Again

    Donald Rumsfeld paid a visit to a missile defense interceptor site on Sunday, and managed limited praise for the failure-ridden program.  The Bush administration, which deployed the system before testing was complete, has plans for expansion with a new base in Europe.

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    Families Demand Compensation for WWII Deportations

    More than 200 families have threatened the French state railway with legal action if it refuses to compensate them for its role in transporting relatives to death camps during WWII. The railway companies argue they were forced to carry out the deportations, though a court in June sided with victims’ families.

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    Gender variance
    Photo: zauberbilder.de / Illustration: Peter Scheer

    Having an Open Attitude to Kids’ Gender Identity

    Two private elementary schools in Oakland, Calif., have adapted to a phenomenon known as gender variance?when kids identify as the opposite sex.  Some grow out of it, some don’t, but the schools’ open attitude is meant to bolster self-esteem and avoid the kind of scars that can follow children into adulthood.

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