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Thursday, January 05, 2006

will we ever learn? 

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GRETNA, La. (AP) — Two state legislators have filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Gretna and its police department over an Aug. 31 confrontation during which officers turned back evacuees from flooded New Orleans after they crossed over on a Mississippi River bridge.

Other shoe drops in Gretna

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Defying early forecasts of easy confirmation, the Senate recessed for the holidays without approving Ellen Sauerbrey, President George W. Bush's lamentable choice to head an important State Department agency that coordinates emergency relief for refugees of foreign wars, persecution and natural disasters. Her nomination has yet to clear the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, raising at least a glimmer of hope that she may not get the job.

Like all too many Bush appointees, Sauerbrey has political connections that seem her most obvious credential. A former Maryland state legislator and a twice-defeated gubernatorial candidate, she served as state chairman of Bush's 2000 campaign. She is a favorite of Bush's far-right base, having pursued an anti-abortion and anti-family-planning agenda in her current patronage post as the American representative to the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

another Bush Crony with no experience
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