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*Jack Abramoff said he met Bush almost a dozen times and was invited to Crawford. "The guy saw me in almost a dozen settings, and joked with me about a bunch of things, including details of my kids. Perhaps he has forgotten everything, who knows," Abramoff wrote in an email to Kim Eisler, national editor for the Washingtonian magazine.
*Cheney's former chief of staff testified that his bosses instructed him to leak information to reporters from a high-level intelligence report that suggested Iraq was trying to obtain weapons of mass destruction, according to court records in the CIA leak case.
*In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Bush administration officials said they had been caught by surprise when they were told on Tuesday, Aug. 30, that a levee had broken, allowing floodwaters to engulf New Orleans. But Congressional investigators have now learned that an eyewitness account of the flooding from a federal emergency official reached the Homeland Security Department's headquarters starting at 9:27 p.m. the day before, and the White House itself at midnight.
*It cost the state of Washington an estimated $12 million in 2004 to provide government-subsidized health care to Wal-Mart employees, according to a state Senate analysis released Tuesday.
*The head of Israel's domestic security agency, Shin Bet, said his country may come to regret the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. "When you dismantle a system in which there is a despot who controls his people by force, you have chaos. I'm not sure we won't miss Saddam," said Yuval Diskin.