Mark and Charlie's Blog

Katrina collects a bundle By Audrey Hudson and Sean Lengell August 30, 2007 The flow of federal dollars to the Gulf Coast two years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the region already exceeds what the U.S. spent on the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after World War...
Inside DCSNet, the FBI's Nationwide Eavesdropping Network Surveillance System Lets FBI Play Back Recordings as They Are Captured, Like TiVo By Ryan Singel Aug. 28 The FBI has quietly built a sophisticated, point-and-click surveillance system that performs instant wiretaps on...
The Most Dangerous City Two years after Katrina, New Orleans desperately needs law and order. Nicole Gelinas This week, President Bush will visit New Orleans to mark the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, as will Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama, John...
Brown gets raise, million-dollar bonuses Regents say they want to keep Brown at Texas for the long-term. Click-2-Listen By Suzanne Halliburton AMERICAN STATESMAN STAFF Wednesday, August 29, 2007 Texas football coach Mack Brown received a $300,000 raise Tuesday as part of a new,...
Study: 9 Guns for Every 10 Americans Global Study Says Civilians Now Hold 650 Million Small Arms; About 270 Million in U.S. By FRANK JORDANS Associated Press Writer GENEVA Aug 28, 2007 (AP) There are nine guns for every 10 people in the United States, with about 270 million...
Former astronaut Nowak to use insanity defense 03:12 PM CDT on Tuesday, August 28, 2007 Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. – Former astronaut Lisa Nowak is pursuing a temporary insanity defense on charges that she assaulted and tried to kidnap a romantic rival, according to a court...
In Mexico for trade talks, Perry blasts immigration policies By DUDLEY ALTHAUS Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle Mexico City Bureau MEXICO CITY — Leading a large delegation of Texas executives trying to drum up business in Mexico, Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday criticized the U.S...
Idaho Senator Asserts: 'I Never Have Been Gay' GOP Leadership Seeks Ethics Inquiry By Paul Kane washingtonpost.com Staff Writer Wednesday, August 29, 2007; Page A01 Senate Republican leaders called for an ethics investigation of Sen. Larry E. Craig (R-Idaho) yesterday as he dug...
Get government out of the bathroom The GOP should abandon the culture war that makes conservative Sen. Larry Craig look like a hypocrite. By Nick Gillespie August 29, 2007 As we all look forward to more sputtering news conference antics from Sen. Larry Craig, here's hoping that...