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From Tom Dispatch: The current economic crisis is caused by policies that tax the richest Americans at strikingly low levels and spend huge sums on defense projects that have no bearing on national security.

"Because Washington has no urban agenda, the cities in this country are doing poorly. Unemployment is up. Faith in the economy has gone down. Crime has gone up."

"Our cities across this country are proud. They have a great history. But like a boxer, they've taken one knee, and they have to bring themselves back."

"I want to see one of the candidates come up with a comprehensive plan to eliminate the tide of drugs coming into our country. I mean, we have wars here in our city."

"The media and pollsters don't focus on urban issues. They focus on the war, abortion, gay rights -- things that, quite frankly, for those of us in the trenches, are not exactly the hot button issues."

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Video activists and independent filmmakers are on the ground in war zones from Iraq to Lebanon and Gaza, using documentaries as instruments of peacemaking.

Independents and moderate Republicans made the difference in the midterm election. VideoNation correspondents Sam Graham-Felsen and Ari Berman traveled to a swing district in Pennsylvania to explore what made them change.

Young people voted in larger numbers in the midterm election than they have in 20 years, but most remain disengaged. Sam Graham-Felsen and Ari Berman talk to the no-shows.

If the corruption of Karzai's government is Afghanistan's new cancer,
then the Taliban are increasingly seen as chemotherapy: an unpleasant
but necessary remedy.

The political culture of Washington is fueled by gossip, intrigue and
leaks. It was a combination that turned toxic in the Valerie Plame
Affair.

The most effective response to terrorism involves nonmilitary actions in cooperation with the global community and within a framework of domestic and international law.