FEMA initially wasted tens of millions of dollars when it tried to aid Katrina victims. But now we find out that that one unknown federal offical's second-grade math skills aren't good enough to get people the aid they need. What was supposed to be $85 million in aid turned out to only $18.5 million due to a mathematical error which counted a single item as being worth as much as multiple items contained in a package of goods. For instance, in a package of sporks, each spork was counted as its own package, which inflated the value from $36,000 to $36 million.
While this will not be the year we get our first female commander-in-chief, one military glass ceiling seems to have shattered nonetheless. President Bush nominated Lt. Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody to head the Army Materiel Command, making her the first female four-star general.
Editors' note: Abby Rapoport is a summer 2008 intern at the Prospect.
Obama, who openly discussed his decision to quit smoking in 2006, told reporters on Tuesday that he’s taken a few puffs in the last few months. But what’s bad for his lungs may be a plus for his campaign.