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Battles between the city's black and Latino gangs are the outcome of a dismal racial and economic situation.

Mourning a slain young mother in New Orleans, the only way to dignify her death is to try to create real justice here.

Look at the devastated Gulf Coast, and it seems like only yesterday that the storm hit. Here's what Washington can do to speed a criminally slow recovery.

The shoddy construction of FEMA's trailers has led to an epidemic of respiratory illness among Katrina refugees.

David Axelrod, Barack Obama's closest political adviser, is applying the lessons he learned from Chicago's ugly racialized politics.

Low-wage workers in hotels near Los Angeles International Airport are the latest to benefit from the city's living-wage law, riding a wave of considerable political momentum.

The New Orleans school system, re-created in the wake of Hurricane
Katrina, is beginning to look like something designed by FEMA.

There's little evidence so far that Democrats will push for reconstruction in New Orleans.

Adam Gopnik's Through the Children's Gate details the trials of
a very smug and special class of parents raising children in
post-9/11 New York.

The hype-masters of sports would have us believe that the return of the New
Orleans Saints to the Superdome is a sign of a city on the
verge of resurrection. It's not.

Blogs

The mayor wants to break down some of the barriers that distance power from people. Good call.

April 3, 2014

The New Jersey governor may have acted illegally in diverting $1.8 billion from the Port Authority to pet projects in the state.

April 2, 2014

Despite well-funded opposition, New York’s mayor was able to deliver on the biggest commitment of last year’s campaign.

April 1, 2014

Communities nationwide are calling for a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics. On Tuesday, Wisconsin towns will join the fight.

March 31, 2014

Every $1 billion invested in the U.S. transportation infrastructure supports and creates some 47,500 jobs.

March 27, 2014

San Francisco is in the midst of a war, but it’s not about culture.

March 24, 2014

The poll numbers don’t matter, but the limited narrative they reflect does.

March 20, 2014

Pressure mounts for the New Jersey governor.

March 19, 2014

The mayor signals he might accept universal pre-K without a tax hike. He might be in a better position if he had made that move weeks ago.

March 11, 2014