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2008-08-31 18:00:16

U.S. President George Bush said Sunday he would skip the Republican National Convention and head to Texas to be with hurricane evacuees and emergency personnel. Bush met with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Washington Sunday for a briefing on Hurricane Gustav, which was gaining strength in the Gulf of Mexico on its way to the United States. "The message to the people of the Gulf Coast is, this storm is dangerous," Bush said after his meeting with FEMA officials....

2006-08-24 07:55:00

By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON -- A year after Hurricane Katrina pounded the Gulf Coast and left New Orleans in ruins, President George W. Bush is still grappling with the political fallout from a federal response widely viewed as inept. As the storm's August 29 anniversary approaches, memories are being rekindled of corpses and debris piling up in the streets and desperate victims pleading for help from rooftops and the sweltering Superdome in New Orleans. Those pictures -- juxtaposed with the...

2006-05-26 15:42:10

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate confirmed David Paulison on Friday as director of the embattled Federal Emergency Management Agency, a job he has held on an acting basis since Michael Brown was forced to resign last September. Paulison, approved unanimously, becomes the Homeland Security Department's undersecretary for FEMA, which came under fire for a bungled response to Hurricane Katrina that devastated the U.S. Gulf Coast last fall. President George W. Bush picked Paulison,...

2006-05-17 19:04:32

(Please read in first paragraph ... Federal Emergency Management Agency ... instead of ... Federal Emergency Response Agency ...) A corrected story follows. By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. House of Representatives committees approved competing proposals to revamp the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday, reflecting the uncertainty over the future of the government's troubled disaster-response organization. The House Transportation Committee voted...

2006-05-17 18:02:22

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. House of Representatives committees approved competing proposals to revamp the Federal Emergency Response Agency on Wednesday, reflecting the uncertainty over the future of the government's troubled disaster-response organization. The House Transportation Committee voted unanimously to turn FEMA back into an independent agency reporting directly to the president, but the House Homeland Security Committee passed a plan that would...

2006-04-27 11:48:16

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday signaled opposition to a Senate panel's call to dismantle the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the main focus of criticism for the administration's botched response to Hurricane Katrina. "As we're headed to this hurricane season, now is not really time to really look at moving organizational boxes," Fran Townsend, homeland security adviser to President George W. Bush, told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to New...

2006-04-12 20:13:51

By Jim Loney ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Sharply criticized for a sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina, top U.S. emergency officials on Wednesday announced an overhaul of disaster relief planning but put the onus on local responders and warned Americans to be better prepared. With the hurricane season just seven weeks away, local emergency managers expressed skepticism about changes at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, saying the government bureaucracy was no better...

2006-04-12 20:10:27

By Jeffrey Jones NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Former U.S. disaster agency boss Michael Brown's advisory role with a community recovering from Hurricane Katrina appeared on Wednesday to be over before it began amid confusion about whether he wanted a paid contract. Brown, who resigned as head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in September after he was criticized for Washington's botched initial response to Katrina, had been scheduled to offer his services on Thursday to St....

2006-04-12 18:52:40

(Corrects spelling of Rodriguez in fifth paragraph ... Henry "Junior" Rodriguez... instead of ... Henry "Junior" Rodrigues ...and fixes to conform in subsequent paragraph.) A corrected repetition follows. By Jeffrey Jones NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Michael Brown, who was criticized for the federal government's botched initial response to Hurricane Katrina, plans to ask a storm-ravaged Louisiana community for a consulting contract on Thursday. Brown, who resigned from the Federal...

2006-04-12 15:50:00

By Jim Loney ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Sharply criticized for a sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina, top U.S. emergency officials on Wednesday announced an overhaul of disaster relief planning but put the onus on local responders and warned Americans to be better prepared. With the hurricane season just seven weeks away, local emergency managers expressed skepticism about changes at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, saying the government bureaucracy was no better prepared to deal...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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