Two Years Later: George W. Bush will mark the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina today by touring still-devastated New Orleans. He is expected to praise those who “dedicated their lives to the renewal of” the Big Easy, but others criticize Bush and his administration for not doing nearly enough for those still suffering.
IN OTHER STORIES…
Dubya to Ask Congress for $$$: 47 million Americans, according to census reports, are without health insurance. Naturally, George Bush wants to raise about $50 billion in funding… for his Iraq occupation.
Sweet Release: Officials in Seoul say three South Korean women taken hostage nearly six weeks ago by Afghanistan’s Taliban are now free.
And an update…: The International Herald Tribune reports the Taliban now has released eight of its 19 Korean hostages.
More Iraq Curfews: Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki declared an indefinite curfew in the holy city of Karbala today following vicious riots that left at least 49 people dead.
Mixed Judgment: The only US Army officer charged with torturing prisoners held by Bush troops at Iran’s Abu Ghraib prison was acquitted of abuse by a military court, but the same jury found him guilty of disobeying an order not to discuss an inquiry into the case.
Pakistan Power-Sharing Pact Close at Hand: An agreement to share power between Pakistan’s controversial President Pervez Musharraf and former PM Benazir Bhutto is almost a done deal.
Craig, Wife in Tow, Strikes Back: Idaho GOP Sen. Larry Craig is sticking to his story and wants forgiveness: Yes, he was in that fateful men’s room. Yes, he agreed to plead guilty. But he swears he’s innocent of soliciting a man for sex, he’s not gay, he won’t give up, and – lest anyone misconstrue anything – he is not gay and never has been.
Labor Chooses: Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton wins the campaign’s first union endorsement – a coveted one from the United Transportation Union — but the very powerful firefighters’ union’s choice is under-the-radar candidate Christopher Dodd.
Makin’ Like Gore: Democratic presidential wannabe John Edwards, also vying for union support, told the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union that it’s time for Americans to give up their gas-guzzling SUVs.
Castro’s Prez Pick: Cuban leader Fidel Castro, even from his sickbed, still pays attention to politics. And in his opinion, the best US presidential ticket would be one that pairs Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
Music icon ailing: Blues legend Bo Diddley reportedly suffered a heart attack while undergoing a medical checkup at a Florida hospital. After spending a couple of days in intensive care, the bespectacled 78-year-old, who recently has battled diabetes and the effects of a May 2007 stroke, is said to be in stable condition.