FEMA Director William Craig Fugate speaks to the media as U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (left) and American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern (right) listen after a meeting with President Obama at the White House earlier this month. Obama was briefed on the 2011 hurricane season. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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New Storms, Prior Disasters Burden FEMA's Budget

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China's Rise: A Quest To 'Hug The World'?

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Herbal 'Relaxation' Drinks Make Suspect Claims

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Pakistan, Militants In Deadly Border Fight

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Main Title from "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" National Philharmonic Orchestra
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