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News coming from the Tobin jury in New Hampshire?

Yesterday I got an email from a reader from New Orleans who said, in so many words, Don't forget about us.

In recent weeks I've gotten several notes like this from Louisiana readers telling me that for all the big talk back in September the Bush administration has all but forgotten about any commitment to rebuild New Orleans and the rest of the affected area.

In truth, though, in our own little way, we have too -- we being this website. Some of that is a simple shortage of hours in the day. We're gearing up to hire two blogger-reporters, as we've told you. But not having more than one person doing the writing doesn't entirely excuse it. It's just too easy for everyone to let stories like ths fall to the background once the big headlines are gone. So we'll try to do better.

Having criticized the president, let me note prominently that just today the White House has announced its support for a $3.1 billion plan to rebuild the city's levee system. $1.5 billion is new and that is on top of $1.6 billion already committed.

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Another piece of the Abramoff puzzle. This from the Austin American-Statesman ...

Capital Athletic Foundation, a charity run by disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff now at the center of an influence-peddling investigation on Capitol Hill, told the IRS it gave away more than $330,000 in grants in 2002 to four other charities that say they never received the money.

The largest grant the foundation listed in its 2002 tax filing was for $300,000 to P'TACH of New York, a nonprofit that helps Jewish children with learning disabilities.

"We've never received a $300,000 gift, not in our 28 years," a surprised Rabbi Burton Jaffa, P'TACH's national director, told the Austin American-States- man. "It would have been gone by now. I guess I would have been able to pay some teachers on time."

So where'd that money go exactly? Hint: Don't assume this money was going into Jack Abramoff's pocket.

Following up on the antics of our embarrassing Ambassador to Canada, David Wilkins, TPM Reader AR reminds us that Ambassador Wilkins came in at an impressive #5 on TNR's recent list of top 15 Bush administration hacks.

TPM Reader ST comments from down under ...

Hi Josh,

Just wanted to comment on that recent story above [Email Subject Line: About the recent story on US ambassador's interference in Canadian Politics].

I'm wondering if this sort of US meddling in local politics isn't a standard policy for the Bush administration. You speak about the standard way that ambassadors behave, but in Australia, we've already seen exactly this sort of thing happen. The previous US ambassador to Australia, Tom Schieffer (naturally an old Bush friend and business partner), made notable public comment on Australian politics, especially during our federal election last year. He was openly friendly with the conservative government (still in power and highly supportive of the US - sending troops to Iraq etc.), and was happy to publicly condemn anti-war or anti-US policy sentiment from the Labor party opposition leader (who lost the election and is now out of politics altogether).

This Wikipedia piece gives a good outline of what happened: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Schieffer

Just thought I'd mention this to illustrate that this is an action that might not be so out of the ordinary.

Any other recent historical perspective about how out of the ordinary any of this is?

Possible new names for Dan Froomkin's column.

"What Some Liberal Dick Thinks"

"Just One Liberal's Opinion"

"Pat Ruffini Made John Harris His Bitch and All I Got Was This Lousy Column"


"Briefing on the White House From My Desk Over Here in Virginia"