Thursday, April 3, 2008

The Daily Buzz for April 3, 2008

The Daily Buzz for April 3, 2008

"Senators Ditch Aid in Housing Bill"

As the Senate unveiled its bipartisan housing bill on Wednesday evening, it was clear that the path to passage meant ditching the provisions that might help hundreds of thousands of homeowners but would be seen as a "bailout" by Republican critics.

"Report: FEMA Not Ready for Next Katrina"
USA Today

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is better prepared for the next disaster, but it is not completely ready for another Hurricane Katrina-scale catastrophe, the agency's watchdog says.

"Freedom Eludes Many Crack Inmates"
Los Angeles Times

New federal sentencing guidelines designed to end the racially tinged disparity between prison sentences for powder and crack cocaine dealers went into effect a month ago, and so far more than 3,000 inmates have had their prison terms reduced. Dozens have been released, including at least 15 in California, but many others who should have been released have not.

"Martin Luther King Jr.'s Promised Land: Are We There Yet?"
The Seattle Times [Op-Ed]

Friday marks 40 years since Martin Luther King was assassinated. And the search for that promised land has shrunken until it fits inside an old riddle, the one that asks whether the glass is half empty or half full.

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