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We Locked ’Em Up, Threw Away the Key

You had to be there! Jesse Jackson, in the company of the real life Rubin “Hurricane” Carter at a jailhouse screening of “The Hurricane” before a mostly black and brown audience whose future prospects seemed as drab as their faded inmate uniforms.

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Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, Boxer and Fighter Against Racial Injustice, Dies at 76

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the middleweight boxer whose life outside the ring took on as much significance as his sports career when he was charged with murder in 1966, died in Toronto on Sunday after a battle with prostate cancer. He was 76.

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Horrible Year 2013

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Tsunami Warning Canceled After Japanese Quake

A small tsunami triggered by the quake measuring 1 foot hit Japan’s eastern coast, but no damage was reported, the BBC said. A tsunami warning issued earlier was lifted.

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Walkabout: Manhattan After Sandy

Day four of the aftermath of the devastating and deadly superstorm saw a Manhattan eager to get back on its feet.

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AP/Charles Sykes

Atlantic Coast Wakes Up to the Nightmare

Hurricane Sandy ripped through the Eastern Seaboard on Monday, killing at least 33, leaving millions without power, destroying homes, causing rampant flooding, impacting air travel and bringing several major cities to a grinding halt.

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White House / Pete Souza

The Real Election 2012 October Surprise: Hurricane Sandy

With eight days to go until voters head to the polls to elect the next president, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are being forced to alter their campaign schedules because of Hurricane Sandy. The impact may be felt, however, beyond that.

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Hurricane Sandy Bears Down: What to Expect

Hurricane Sandy, the potentially “life-threatening” superstorm, is bearing down on the Eastern Seaboard. And while the eye of the storm is not expected to hit the mid-Atlantic coast until late Monday afternoon, many residents are already feeling the Category 1 storm’s impact.

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‘Perfect Storm’ Threatens East Coast

Gale-force winds, drenching rain and a possible snowstorm: That’s what much of the East Coast will face next week if forecasts predicting the collision of a trio of weather events—Hurricane Sandy from the south, arctic air from the north and an early winter storm from the west—come true.

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George W. Bush as Hurricane Isaac

There is nothing Republicans would rather the American people forget more than George W. Bush, who doesn’t even have a bit-part at the GOP convention opening in Tampa. But W’s ghost may be there, anyway.

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AP/Dave Martin

Weather Takes a Bad Turn for Mitt

Mitt Romney and the Republican National Convention are being buffeted by a force outside their control: the weather. Tropical Storm Isaac already has caused the GOP to cancel Monday’s opening events in Tampa, Fla., and it’s not finished yet.

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GOP Plans Ron Paul Tribute, Romney Goes Birther, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Bill Maher’s advice to Todd Akin on rape and abortion, and Bill Nye’s advice to parents about creationism.

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Former Police Officers Get Jail Time for Post-Katrina Shootings

Five ex-officers from the New Orleans Police Department found themselves on the other side of the law Wednesday, as they were sentenced to jail for their respective roles in the shootings of six unarmed civilians in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in 2005.

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Good Night, Irene

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Eric Cantor Exploits Disaster, Pushing Budget Cuts

The No. 2 GOP leader in the House says additional funds for FEMA will have to be matched by budget cuts, and we know from past experience what that means: less funding for programs that assist the poor and elderly without a hope of raising taxes. Michael “Heckuva Job” Brown thinks it’s a good idea. (more)

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Another Hurricane Brewing in the Atlantic

Tropical Storm Katia was gaining strength in the mid-Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday near the Cape Verde Islands, and is expected to reach hurricane status by Wednesday evening. (more)

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AP / Central Vermont Public Service

Vermont Feels Irene’s Wrath

While New York City escaped the worst of Tropical Storm Irene, much of Vermont did not. The state saw bridges washed away, roads battered and power lines downed in the midst of what officials say is the worst flooding in more than 80 years. (more)

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National Weather Service

Careful What You Pray For, Texas

Texas is suffering through one of the worst droughts in the state’s history, and things have gotten so bad that news of a tropical storm—that thing just below a hurricane on the bad-weather scale—is being greeted with cautious optimism. Texas Gov. Rick Perry named three days in April “Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas.” (more)

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Bush to Kanye: All Is Forgiven

During his comfortable sit-down with Matt Lauer on Wednesday’s “Today” show, former President George W. Bush was visited by the pre-taped image of a contrite Kanye West, who was all ready to make nice after his Bush-is-a-racist claim of yesteryear.

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Here Comes Hurricane Earl

As Labor Day weekend draws near, for Americans on the East Coast so does a Category 4 hurricane by the folksy name of Earl. Good people of North Carolina, you’re on notice.

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The Killer Cops of New Orleans

A shocking spate of killings in the wake of Hurricane Katrina still haunts New Orleans and shakes the locals’ sense of security, owing to the fact that the five people who died within the span of one week were civilians, four were unarmed ... (continued)

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U.S. Coast Guard

Best Chance to Stop Gulf Spill Is Months Away

It’s already the worst ecological disaster in U.S. history, and the oil spill continues to dump somewhere between 504,000 and 4.2 million gallons of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico. BP will continue to try to plug that hole, but its best chance to succeed is the drilling of relief wells, a process that won’t be finished until at least August.

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When Oil and Hurricane Mix

What happens when you mix a massive oil spill with a hurricane? When Obama finally decides to negotiate with the Taliban, what will he ask for? And how did Jane Austen become such a big celebrity? Answers to these and other vexing questions after the jump.

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Limbaugh Dubs Oil Spill ‘Obama’s Katrina’

Ever at the ready to undermine the authority of our socialist president, the GOP’s biggest and baddest yammerer, Rush Limbaugh, and some of his like-minded friends jumped on the opportunity to repurpose the Gulf Coast oil spill, rhetorically transforming the eco-corporate disaster ... (continued)

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Massive Earthquake Hammers Haiti

A major magnitude 7.0 earthquake and two big aftershocks slammed Haiti on Tuesday, causing widespread damage in and around the Caribbean nation’s capital city of Port-au-Prince. As details emerged that evening about casualties and damages, Haiti’s ambassador to the United States called the quake “a catastrophe of major proportions.”

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A Good Idea, Up in Flames

Los Angeles seemed like a good idea at the time. So did New Orleans. Will we ever learn?

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Ike Dials Down After Slamming Texas Shore

By Saturday afternoon, Hurricane Ike had been downgraded to a tropical storm, but not before unleashing its full force on Galveston and Houston, Texas, along with coastal Louisiana. Both states were dealing with widespread power outages in Ike’s wake, and the extent of the damage couldn’t be fully assessed until flooding subsided and debris was cleared.

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Haiti Seeks Aid in Catastrophic Floods

With the mainstream news largely riveted on the U.S. election campaign and convention mania, little attention has been paid to the aftermath of the series of storms that rocked the Caribbean this past month. Flooding in Haiti has put 600,000 people at serious risk as hunger and disease rise in what Haitian President Rene Preval calls a “catastrophe.”

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Heckuva Job, Take Two

How would the president rate the government’s response to Hurricane Gustav? In a word: “Excellent.” Eager to escape the shadow of Katrina, which has come to symbolize the incompetence of his administration, Hurricane George made landfall in Louisiana Wednesday for some hands-on disaster relief.

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Bush Will Skip Convention

Hurricane Gustav has given the Republicans the excuse they needed to keep the unpopular president out of his party’s big party. John McCain will be spared another awkward embrace while George W. Bush is off in Texas pestering survivors.

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New Orleans Mayor Orders Evacuation

New Orleans residents began fleeing the city this weekend in preparation for Hurricane Gustav to hit the Louisiana coast just three years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the region. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin underscored the severity of the situation, telling locals they had to evacuate starting at 8 a.m. Sunday but would be wise to start earlier.

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Fortune Frowns on McCain

John McCain had hoped for a photo op atop an oil rig, but he got a hurricane and an oil spill instead. The senator is known for his superstitions, but lately his lucky charms don’t seem to be doing the trick. The Washington Post takes a closer look at McCain’s week of bad luck and finds there’s more to frown about on the horizon.

Posted on Jul 23, 2008 READ MORE


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Jazz Fest ‘08: Homecoming on Muddy Ground

It’s easy in New Orleans these days to read meaning and purpose into every lyric or song choice—was Sheryl Crow commenting on the housing crisis by covering “Gimme Shelter,” or was she just doing a Stones tune? Also, it’s impossible to take in all the music and all the messages emanating from the Jazz Fest’s 10 stages. Still, a good deal of what I did catch was timely, topical and worth remembering.

Posted on May 27, 2008 READ MORE


Laura Bush

Hurricane Ka…Uh…Whatever

Laura Bush misplaces a “t” in this clip that makes you wonder if she gets her news from bubble gum wrappers. Not to beat up on the first lady, but seriously, if you forget what one of the most talked-about events of the last two years is called, don’t just make something up.

Posted on Aug 6, 2007 READ MORE


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Hurricane Season:  The Readiness Is All

Despite the lessons of Katrina, the U.S. is still incredibly vulnerable this hurricane season and looking toward a future—and still lacking in vision—that could spell serious trouble for previously pummeled targets like New Orleans, as well as some unexpected areas of the country.

Posted on Jun 12, 2007 READ MORE


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‘Real Time’ Panelists Look at Katrina Aid Debacle

Bill Maher assembled a panel, consisting of actors Sean Penn and Gary Shandling and Democratic Leadership Council Chairman Harold Ford Jr., to speculate about the myriad reasons (none of them good) why the U.S. turned down hundreds of millions of dollars in aid offered by other nations after Hurricane Katrina.

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U.S. Missed the Boat on Allies’ Katrina Aid

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. declined, delayed or didn’t collect aid in the form of supplies, manpower and hundreds of millions of dollars from Israel, Canada and Britain.  The Washington Post reports that the three countries offered $854 million, of which only $40 million has been used, according to State Department figures.

Posted on Apr 29, 2007 READ MORE


Scientists: Global Warming Fueling Hurricanes

Nineteen scientists from 10 institutions collaborated on a paper concluding that the burning of fossil fuels, which warms the climate, is also heating the oceans and intensifying hurricanes like Katrina. Some skeptics remain unconvinced.
Of course, some skeptics remain unconvinced that America ever landed on the moon…

Posted on Sep 12, 2006 READ MORE


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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.

    Posted on Aug 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Jabari Asim: After the Storm

    New Orleans’ sudden death was equivalent to the slow deaths of cities like Philadelphia, Newark and Oakland.  So many of the same conditions exist; only the weather is different.

    Posted on Aug 27, 2006 READ MORE


    'When the Levees Broke'
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    The City That Care Forgot: Spike Lee and the ‘New’ New Orleans Blues

    Spike Lee’s new four-hour HBO documentary, ?When the Levees Broke: A Requiem for New Orleans in Four Acts,? which premiered Monday night (and continues Tuesday night), is a haunting, maddening and expertly told story about the signature event in recent American history that showed how little our government truly cares for many of its citizens.

    Posted on Aug 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Michael 'Heckuva Job' Brown
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    Brown Poufed Hair As Katrina Hit, E-mails Say

    Former FEMA director Michael “Heckuva Job” Brown told an aide he was “sitting in the chair, putting mousse in my hair” as he waited for a media interview immediately after the Aug. 29 disaster began. He also disputed that levees quickly broke—despite getting reports to that effect.

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    Katrina and Terror Coverage Win Pulitzers

    Two Gulf Coast newspapers took home the big award for their hurricane reportage; Risen and Lichtblau of the N.Y. Times won for their stories on Bush’s eavesdropping; and Dana Priest of the Washington Post earned a Pulitzer for reporting on secret CIA prisons. Full list of winners.

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    Caught on Tape

    This Washington Post editorial cuts through the smokescreen of Bush’s Katrina apologists.

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    Katrina Video Refuels Debate Over Bush’s Response

    The video that made a liar out of Bush on Katrina has reignited the controversy over his administration’s incompetent response to the hurricane.
    Democrats are calling for an independent probe into the catastrophe, and the video has even taken enough of the heat off ex-FEMA Director Michael “Heckuva Job” Brown so that he’s now calling for the firing of Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff.

    Posted on Mar 3, 2006 READ MORE


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    Tape: Bush Warned on Levees Before Katrina

    Confidential video footage obtained by the Associated Press proves that federal officials warned Bush that Hurricane Katrina could breach levees and cause a tidal wave of disaster.

  • Watch the video
  • Ex-FEMA chief Michael “Heckuva Job” Brown says Bush was overconfident about FEMA’s response to Katrina
  • FireDogLake: In an attempt to spin the story and make Bush seem in charge, the White House leaked Newsweek transcripts from FEMA conference calls during and after Katrina

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    Bush’s Katrina Understatement of the Year

    In an ABC interview, Bush says he saw people screaming for help on TV and “realized that our government was—could have done a better job of comforting people.”
    “Could have done a better job of comforting people”? How about “could have done a better job saving people”?

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    UAE Gave $100 Million for Katrina Relief

    The country seeking control over six U.S. ports donated nearly four times the total of all other countries combined. The State Department denies there’s a connection between the gift and the pending port deal.

    Posted on Feb 25, 2006 READ MORE


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