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Thursday, July 18, 2024

Waste, fraud and abuse may top $2 billion for Katrina

The tally for Hurricane Katrina waste could top $2 billion next year because half of the lucrative government contracts valued at $500,000 or greater for cleanup work are being awarded without little competition.

Federal investigators have already determined the Bush administration squandered $1 billion on fraudulent disaster aid to individuals after the 2005 storm. Now they are shifting their attention to the multimillion dollar contracts to politically connected firms that critics have long said are a prime area for abuse.

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Another day, another Senator in Syria

The fourth US senator to visit Syria this month arrived in Damascus, where he was expected to hold meetings with senior officials.

A US embassy official confirmed Arlen Specter’s arrival, but she could not say how long the Republican from Pennsylvania — who chairs the senate judiciary committee — would be staying.

Former presidential hopeful John Kerry and fellow senator Christopher Dodd, both members of the foreign relations committee, were in Damascus last week where they met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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