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Cuts to disaster mitigation program questioned in wake of hurricane response

Critics say Bush administration axed Clinton-era program because it worked.

Senator asks Pentagon to revisit ban on military's domestic police powers

John Warner, R-Va., Seeks review of how president may legally circumvent an 1878 law prohibiting the military from participating in law enforcement activities at home.

GOP senators urge appointment of reconstruction czar

More than two dozen senators call on president to appoint single official to oversee federal spending on recovery efforts.

Border Patrol conducts largest tactical operation in its history

In the fourth of a series of reports from New Orleans, Chris Strohm describes how Blackhawk helicopters filled with agents secured the city's perimeter in quick order.

Bush calls for greater federal, military role in emergency response

"Americans have every right to expect a more effective response in a time of emergency," president says in address to nation.

Former 9/11 panelists say proposals’ implementation incomplete

Recommendations made a year ago could have improved the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina, commissioners say.

Federal responders witness unprecedented carnage in Katrina's aftermath

In the third of a series of reports from New Orleans, Chris Strohm describes how agencies sent counselors and trauma units to the Gulf Coast region to help personnel cope.

House Armed Services to launch own Defense review

Analysis will overlook budget constraints, committee chairman says.

Senate bid fails to hike emergency responders funding

Senate Budget chairman says the federal government has spent $2 billion to fix the communication problem among first responders.

Senator sees possible Katrina impact on troop and base closure decisions

Armed Services chief says Katrina might require some "rethinking" of base closure commission's recommendations.