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Breakdowns Marked Path From Hurricane to Anarchy

Talking Points Memo has a good sum-up of today’s NY Times article: Breakdowns Marked Path From Hurricane to Anarchy

And if I had to sum up the story it would be one of overwhelmed and often frantic local officials asking for every sort of assistance available from federal authorities, but sometimes not being completely sure precisely what they needed or the exact way to ask for it. On the other side you have the feds taking a consciously passive, reactive stance, and often displaying an oddly legalistic and bean-counterish attitude when asked for specific kinds of support.

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