Daily Briefing: Planes, 'Canes, and Shiny Gold Things

  • Bush still kicking himself for not standing in the Katrina rubble with a bullhorn. [NYT]

  • On anniversary of Katrina, Gulf Coast to receive massive influx of administration officials touting successful reconstruction efforts, "despite visual evidence suggesting otherwise." [NYT]

  • Plane crash in Kentucky is first domestic jet accident since November 2001, kills 49. [NYT, USAT]

  • Abortion ban showdown comes to South Dakota, November vote could institute strictest laws in country. [WP]

  • Osama bin Laden never actually charged with 9/11 crimes because of, "the need to be fair to any defendant." [WP]

  • Baghdad morgue only received 450 bodies this month, down from 1800 last month, Iraqi Prime Minister: " What you see is an atmosphere of reconciliation." [LAT]

  • Spending on campaign ads up 45% from 2004 level as candidates and consultants discover cable TV. [W$J]

  • "Ernesto" is first hurricane of the season, batters impoverished Caribbean nations on way to Florida. [USAT]

  • Sad schism between real and fantasy worlds highlighted as "24" and "The Office" take top Emmy awards. [LAT]
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