Miller's Big Secret: "New York Times reporter Judith Miller sat in jail for 12 weeks to protect the confidentiality of a very senior White House aide -- even though the aide repeatedly made it clear he didn't want protecting"
Generals Conclude U.S. Troops Exacerbate Iraq Campaign - Los Angeles Times: "The U.S. generals running the war in Iraq presented a new assessment of the military situation in public comments and sworn testimony this week: The 149,000 U.S. troops in Iraq are increasingly part of the problem."


KR Washington Bureau | 09/29/2005 | U.S. paying a premium to cover storm-damaged roofs: "The government is paying contractors an average of $2,480 for less than two hours of work to cover each damaged roof - even though it's also giving them endless supplies of blue sheeting for free."


Saudi Women Have Message for U.S. Envoy - New York Times: "Many in this region say they resent the American assumption that, given the chance, everyone would live like Americans. "


The Progress Report - American Progress Action Fund: "Brown's Revisionist History"
Officer Criticizes Detainee Abuse Inquiry - New York Times: "Army investigators seemed more concerned about tracking down young soldiers who reported misconduct than in following up the accusations and investigating whether higher-ranking officers knew of the abuses."
Bangkok Post Tuesday 27 September 2005 - Find the Brownie


Bush removal ended Guam investigation - The Boston Globe: "His replacement, Leonardo Rapadas, was confirmed in May 2003 without any debate. Rapadas had been recommended for the job by the Guam Republican Party. Fred Radewagen, a lobbyist who had been under contract to the Gutierrez administration, said he carried that recommendation to top Bush aide Karl Rove in early 2003.
After taking office, Rapadas recused himself from the public corruption case involving Gutierrez. The new US attorney was a cousin of ''one of the main targets,' according to a confidential memo to Justice Department officials."
Untangling a Lobbyist's Stake in a Casino Fleet "It was a gangland-style hit straight out of "Goodfellas."

A man in a BMW was driving down a quiet side street after an evening meeting at his Fort Lauderdale office when a car slowed to a stop in front of him. A second car boxed the BMW in from behind, then a dark Mustang appeared from the opposite direction. The Mustang's driver pulled alongside and pumped three hollow-point bullets into the BMW driver's chest.

The dead man was Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis, a volatile 51-year-old self-made millionaire, a Greek immigrant who had started as a dishwasher in Canada and ended up in Florida, where he built an empire of restaurants, hotels and cruise ships used for offshore casino gambling. Boulis's slaying, still unsolved four years later, reverberated all the way to Washington. Months earlier he had sold his fleet of casino ships to a partnership that included Republican superlobbyist Jack Abramoff." | 09/27/2005 | Arrests made in Boulis slaying: "Both are being charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation to commit murder."

When Abramoff talks, people listen.

Monday T-P Orleans Parish Breaking News Weblog#082732: "Rumors of deaths greatly exaggerated
Widely reported attacks false or unsubstantiated "
Missteps Hamper Iraqi Oil Recovery - Los Angeles Times: "In an interview, one senior U.S. official managing part of the restoration effort jokingly described his knowledge level as 'Oil for Dummies.' "

Maybe he knows something about disaster relief?