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The Right's New Deal for the Gulf Coast

By Richard S. Dunham, Mike McNamee, and Eamon Javers

As Air Force One flew toward the Hurricane Katrina disaster zone on Sept. 15, Mississippi Republican Senator Trent Lott was ushered into President George W. Bush's cabin. Nearby, top advisers, including Chief of Staff Andrew Card Jr., Counselor Dan Bartlett, and chief White House lobbyist Candida Wolff, were hashing out details of one of Bush's most important speeches, set for New Orleans' French Quarter that evening -- a pledge to do "whatever it takes" to rebuild the ravaged region.

Lott, whose Pascagoula home had been washed away, suggested three guiding principles for the add

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