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What Bill de Blasio can learn from Antonio Villaraigosa

The outlook for Mayor de Blasio’s signature initiative just got a whole lot brighter.

In the Bloomberg era, the woes of wealthy parents eclipsed those of everyone else. Now we’re talking about what most families are up against. 

Bill Bratton and Bill de Blasio

Bill de Blasio touts his police commissioner pick as a “progressive visionary,” but Bill Bratton’s record tells a different story.

The late organizer helped pave a progressive path forward for New York and elsewhere.

Kshama Sawant, right (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Kshama Sawant’s City Council victory reflects broad trends: polls show voters are increasingly immune to redbaiting.

Gayle McLaughlin (Credit: Francis Reynolds)

The fearless Gayle McLaughlin of Richmond, California, has taken on Chevron and big banks on behalf of taxpayers and underwater homeowners. 

Bill de Blasio

Five areas where Mayor de Blasio can make big progressive changes in New York City.

Blogs

Bankruptcy will dramatically alter Detroit's future. Yet, Michigan’s governor seeks it without consulting the voters.

July 18, 2013

The Nation has been concerned with New York City politics and governance through 32 mayors. This year's candidates could learn a lot by searching through our archives.

July 13, 2013

Instead of focusing on the mayoral race, why not focus on building a progressive caucus to defend the issues that need to be defended?

June 4, 2013

New York’s new bike-share program could represent a comeback for bicycles, the impending disappearance of which was prematurely declared in The Nation eighty years ago.

June 1, 2013

The US’s second-largest city joins the national call for a constitutional amendment.

May 23, 2013

New York's Attorney General has issued subpoenas to a fast food company and is investigating several franchisees for what employees say is a rampant issue.

May 16, 2013

It’s time we update our definition of “home” so that co-ops aren’t just “small businesses.”

May 15, 2013

Amid speculation about the bombing, a great city and its people are responding to tragedy with a strength that is the stuff of poetry.

April 16, 2013

For men of color in New York, getting stopped-and-frisked is a daily reality. Will the courts do anything to change it? 

April 5, 2013

The fight in LA to house homeless disabled veterans—on land donated to the government for them—has moved to the courts.

March 25, 2013