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President Obama Commemorates Fifth Anniversary Of Hurricane Katrina

US President Barack Obama and First Lady

hide captionPresident Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet the crowd at Xavier University during a ceronomy on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

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Good morning. President Obama and his family left Martha's Vineyard yesterday, ending a 10-day visit there. From Massachusetts, they traveled to New Orleans, to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

After eating a shrimp po-boy at Parkway Bakery & Tavern, the president delivered a speech at Xavier University. On All Things Considered yesterday, NPR's Ari Shapiro said "it was almost congratulatory in tone, congratulating the city on making a comeback."

— "President Barack Obama visits New Orleans, where Hurricane Katrina 5th anniversary ceremonies mourn what is lost and rejoice at what is to be," The Times-Picayune:

With prayers and the solemn tolling of bells, but also with second-line parades and the drumming of Mardi Gras Indians, New Orleanians throughout the region on Sunday took stock of their rebuilt lives in the five years since the worst event in the region’s history, and promised each other to keep the recovery going.

— "Obama Pledges Commitment to New Orleans," The New York Times:

The legacy of Katrina, Mr. Obama said, must be "not one of neglect, but of action; not one of indifference, but of empathy; not of abandonment, but of a community working together to meet shared challenges."

"There are some wounds that do not heal," the president acknowledged. "There are some losses that cannot be repaid. And for many who lived through those harrowing days five years ago, there is a searing memory that time will not erase."

Some other stories making headlines today:

— "No Beck-Palin ticket in 2012, talk show host says," Los Angeles Times:

Glenn Beck and Sarah Palinwon't be teaming up on a presidential ticket in 2012, the talk show host said Sunday, after their combined star power drew thousands to the National Mall this weekend.

"Not a chance," Beck said on " Fox News Sunday," on the network that broadcasts the radio and TV host's popular daily show. "I have no desire to be president of the United States. Zero desire. I don't think that I would be electable."

— "For Arms Sales Suspect, Secrets Are Bargaining Chips," The New York Times:

As we reported two weeks ago, Thailand has agreed to extradite accused arms dealer Viktor Bout, nicknamed the "Merchant of Death," to the U.S.

In The Times today, Scott Shane reports "his future may hang on whether he can strike one last bargain: trading what American officials believe is his vast insider's knowledge of global criminal networks in exchange for not spending the rest of his life in a federal prison."

Immersed since the early 1990s in the dark side of globalization, Mr. Bout has mastered the trade and the transport that fuel drug cartels, terrorism networks and insurgent movements from Colombia to Afghanistan, according to former officials who tracked him. And he is believed to understand the murky intersection of Russian military, intelligence and organized crime.

— "Emmy newcomers steal the show," Los Angeles Times

The TV academy, criticized for years as staid and out of touch with what viewers actually watch, swept in a new era Sunday night with a live-across-the-nation Emmy show that handed a total of six prizes to ABC's first-year "Modern Family," including best comedy, as well as trophies to first-time winners Kyra Sedgwick of TNT's "The Closer" and Archie Panjabi of CBS' "The Good Wife."

NPR's Linda Holmes live blogged the event last night, along with Marc Hirsh and Joe Reid. You can read their take here.

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