Daily Briefing: 'Going to Hell in a Handbasket'
• Distrust and disapproval of Bush and the government at large is growing, according to two new polls. NBC/WSJ poll: 55% want to withdraw troops from Iraq and 75% believe the nation is not prepared for nuclear, biological or chemical attack. CBS/NYT poll: Bush's approval rating slips to 41% and 68% think Bush lacks a clear plan for hurricane victims. [WSJ, NYT]
• Democrats complain Roberts is evading questions. Roberts: "I'm not standing for election." Hatch: "If people can't vote for you, then I doubt that they can vote for any Republican nominee." [WP, NYT, WSJ, WP, NYT]
• Bush at the United Nations: "When a country or a region is filled with despair and resentment and vulnerable to violent and aggressive ideologies, the threat passes easily across oceans and borders and could threaten the security of any peaceful country." [WP, WP, NYT]
• Republicans hope to test conservative ideas such as school vouchers in the rebuilding of Gulf Coast. [WSJ]
• Michael Brown says on Monday, August 29th, he "was beginning to realize things were going to hell in a handbasket." [NYT]
• Blanco, Nagin accept blame for failures. [USAT]
• 9/11 commission members are unsettled by lack of progress on domestic security. [NYT]