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national lead

August 29th, 2013
05:23 PM ET

Bush Presidential Library criticized for glossing over Katrina response

It was eight years ago Thursday that a monster named Katrina unleashed her fury on New Orleans and the people of the Gulf Coast.

While some in the region are using the anniversary to commemorate lives lost and forever changed by the disaster, others are launching a campaign to fight what they call a re-writing of history.

Groups like Levees.org and The Bridge Project say the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Texas glosses over the administration's role in the failed response to Hurricane Katrina. They are pushing for changes to the museum's Katrina exhibit, which they say presents a watered down version of the federal response.
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world lead

August 29th, 2013
04:23 PM ET

What intelligence does U.S. have on Syria?

Just what does the U.S. have on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad? Was he personally behind a chemical attack?

Late Thursday afternoon, senior officials in the Obama administration will brief congressional leaders on the situation in Syria. The administration has repeatedly claimed it is certain that Assad's regime used chemical weapons on its own people.

CNN's Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr reports, giving a preview of what Congress will hear.

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national lead

August 29th, 2013
12:57 PM ET

Court grants Obama administration extension to respond to Jill Kelley lawsuit

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper

An update now on a story "CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper" first reported earlier this month regarding the sex scandal that brought down former CIA director David Petraeus.

Read: Jill Kelley suing government over Petraeus sex scandal

A U.S. District Court has granted the Obama administration a 20-day extension to respond to a lawsuit brought by Jill and Scott Kelley for leaks that, they allege, damaged their reputations, though they were the original victims in the whole mess.
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