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DHS chief describes confusion in Katrina response

Federal effort was plagued by communications gaps, Michael Chertoff tells lawmakers.

House panel to probe federal medical response capacity

Committee interested in what responses to Katrina and Rita say about ability to handle terrorist attack.

Turning the Tide

Goodwill toward Louisiana might ebb if local leaders can’t convince Congress they’ll spend billions in Katrina aid wisely.

USDA scraps plan to close field offices

Proposal to close more than 700 Farm Service Agency offices had run into widespread opposition on Capitol Hill.

House GOP leaders drop plans for across-the-board budget cuts

Internal disagreement had developed about what discretionary programs might be exempt from reductions.

9/11 commissioners at odds with former backers

Members of panel disagree with key senators on proposal to change formula for first-responder grants.

Chertoff calls for the end of 'catch and release'

Homeland Security secretary says 1,500 Border Patrol agents are being hired to beef up enforcement.