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Democracy Now! (6 am) – September 5, 2005

Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff Refuses To Resign Over Handling Of
Hurricane Katrina Relief

Michael Chertoff appears on Meet the Press and defends the federal government’s
response to Hurricane Katrina.

Louisiana Offical: The Federal Gov’t Has Abandoned Us
On Sunday Aaron Broussard,
the president of Jefferson Parish appeared on NBC’s
Meet the Press and accused the federal government of abandoning the people
of New Orleans. He broke down crying, as he recalled how the mother of one
of his
colleagues died after waiting days to be rescued.

Survivors From New Orleans Speak Out About Week of Horror
We go to Louis Armstrong airport in New Orleans where thousands of hurricane
survivors are staying. The airport has become a triage center where the oldest,
the youngest and the sickest lay desperate for help.

Kanye West: "Bush Doesn’t Care About Black People"
Friday night, Grammy-award winning hip-hop superstar Kanye West delivered
a blistering critique of President Bush and the administration”s response
to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. "I hate the way they portray us
in the media," West said. "If you see a black family, it says they’re
looting. See a white family, it says they’re looking for food."

Rev. Al Sharpton: President Bush’s Response "Inexcusable"
More public figures have spoken out, lambasting the government”s
slow response to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The Reverend Al Sharpton
spoke in Houston on Saturday and said that race played a role.

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin’s Desperate Plea For Help
New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin expresses outrage and frustration during an interview
last week by a local New Orleans radio station. Nagin demands greater effort
and quicker delivery

New Orleans Activist Malik Rahim Blasts Mayor Nagin
Malik Rahim, veteran of the Black Panther Party in New Orleans, is interviewed
in the Algiers neigherborhood by Democracy Now! producers. Rahim talks
about what should have been differently.

DN! Producers Describe the Devastation in New Orleans & The
Survivors In
Baton Rouge

Democracy Now! producers John Hamilton and Sharif Abdel Kouddous join
us from Baton Rouge. On Saturday they made it into New Orleans to witness
what’s left of the devastated city.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: An Hour-Long Special on John Roberts, President Bush’s
Nominee to Be Supreme Court Chief Justice

In this hour-long online special we
examine the legal background and history of Judge John Roberts. Earlier
today President Bush nominated Roberts to be
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court replacing the late William Rehnquist,
who died at the age of 80 on Saturday.

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