Morning Buzz: Aug. 29, 2007

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It was two years ago today that Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast and submerged New Orleans. And many Big Easy citizens are angry over what has been a sluggish reconstruction

Eight of the 19 South Korean missionaries being held hostage by the Taliban have been released. The Taliban struck a deal with South Korea for the country to remove troops from Afghanistan, which the Koreans had already planned to do, and also prevent Korean Christian missionaries from entering Afghanistan. The remaining hostages are to be released over the next few days.

Sen. Larry Craig, the Idaho Republican who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from lewd conduct in a Minneapolis airport men's bathroom, denied being gay. As of now, he said, he will leave it up to voters in 2008 to see whether he retains his Senate seat for a fourth term.  Craig's June arrest and subsequent guilty plea went unnoticed for several months until a Capitol Hill newspaper, Roll Call, reported it earlier this week. Since then, the senator has bypassed both Harry Potter and Alberto Gonzales  as the most-blogged-about person on BlogPulse.com.