Katherine S. Newman is the Malcolm Forbes Class of 1941 Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University and the author, with Elisabeth Jacobs, of Who Cares? Public Ambivalence and Government Activism From the New Deal to the Second Gilded Age.
It's still unclear what motivated the Newtown shooter, but the small towns where such deadly outbursts tend to occur have some things in common.
The distribution of damage done by the Great Recession is not equal. African-Americans, men and low-skilled workers have been hardest hit.
Just as Americans came to appreciate Medicare and Social Security, so will they come to value publicly funded healthcare.
Southern governors' resistance to the federal stimulus package has deep roots.
Like FDR, he's the real deal.