" In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Bush administration officials said they had been caught by surprise when they were told on Tuesday, Aug. 30, that a levee had broken, allowing floodwaters to engulf New Orleans.
"But Congressional investigators have now learned that an eyewitness account of the flooding from a federal emergency official reached the Homeland Security Department's headquarters starting at 9:27 p.m. the day before, and the White House itself at midnight."
Apparently Eric Lipton has forgotten that the next day begins at midnight, which is (as we all know) 12:00 A.M. Therefore, if the White House was told at midnight, then they were told on Tuesday, August 30th.
I've dropped a note to Lipton pointing this out; I'm sure we'll see his correction tomorrow...