North Korea agrees to stop its nuclear program in exchange for recognition and aid from the U.S. and allies. [WP, NYT]

Military now uses death count as measure of success in Iraq; top military spokesman claims "great successes" against insurgents as wave of attacks strike the country. [WP]

State, local, and federal officials were still preparing 448-page crisis strategy when Katrina hit. [WSJ]

Katrina raises stakes for budget and Bush's fiscal policies. [USAT]

Clinton assails policies of the Bush administration: "You can't have an emergency plan that works if it only affects middle-class people up, and when you tell people to go do something they don't have the means to do, you're going to leave the poor out." [NYT]

Panel headed by Jimmy Carter and James Baker propose 87 election reforms including the use of photo identification, regional primaries, paper trails for e-voting, national standards, and nonpartisan administrator. [WP, NYT, LAT]

Bush proposes Urban Homesteading Act for low-income housing. [WSJ]

Local and state officials in the Mississippi tried frantically to pick up FEMA's slack. [WP]

Influential preacher Bishop T.D. James directed message at Bush during Friday prayer service: "It is not so important what we say, it is important what we do. Defining moments of history cannot be defined by rhetoric and words or anger, or soliciting people to respond in a tempestuous way. But real leadership is defined by what we do." [NYT]

Graham says Roe is safe with Roberts: "He's not an ideologue. But he is a true strict constructionist, believing in a limited role of a federal judge in our society." [LAT]

Michael Brown's fall from power "is not so much an aberration as part of a pattern in Washington." [WP]

Clintonites, including Albright and Gore, attended inaugural Clinton Global Initiative meeting. [LAT]

Sheehan to Hillary: "You say [the war was a lie] or you are losing your job." [NYT]

This year, "the drama is coming not from candidates but from ballot measures." [WP]

"How much of a Republican can Schwarzenegger afford to be?" [LAT]

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DING DONG THE WITCH IS ... quite likely to land on her feet. But for today, the New York Times reports Dana Loesch is out of a job, the latest casualty in the war between the NRA and its longtime advertising company Ackerman McQueen. But every cloud has a silver bullet lining, since Dana will have more free time now to spend on her favorite hobby. We can't wait to see which cartoon character she photoshops Klan hoods onto next. Maybe she'll branch out and start putting Nazi armbands onto Buzz Lightyear. Oh, we would be so triggered!

As one of the most visible characters on NRATV with literal hundreds of viewers for each of her fascist rants, Dana Loesch was a tireless advocate for the gunhumpers lobby, always ready to call out "tragedy dry-humping whores," threatening to "fist" or perhaps "fisk" the New York Times, and expressing her hope that the Mueller Report would die in an "AIDS fire."

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With the first Democratic debate coming up tonight (join us here for livebloog, dummies!), Elizabeth Warren is out with yet another policy proposal, this time to guarantee that all Americans have the easiest possible access to voting in federal elections. A good bit of it overlaps with the House Democrats' proposal, earlier this year, to guarantee voting rights. But Warren goes even beyond that ambitious plan a bit, because she is a badass who wants elections to be fair and free from computer hacking -- and from less exotic forms of fuckery. Needless to say, her insistence that all Americans should be able to vote will be decried as some kind of power grab, because that's what it is: a plan to grab power away from the Republicans who have engineered electoral advantages well beyond their actual support among Americans. You can see the bumper stickers now: FAIRNESS ISN'T FAIR.

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