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For once, Wal-Mart is acting like a hero, with speedy
delivery of water and supplies to Hurricane Katrina victims. If it
could only act that way every day.

America's narcissism and willful blindness to its own
moral failings have been placed in sharp relief as the nation fitfully
responds to the needs of storm victims.

Long fooled by the Bush image machine, Americans now
understand that this Administration can only deliver spin, not
substance; photo ops, not action.

Despite persistent calls from the right to raze the
ruined city, gritty storm survivors from New Orleans to Gulfport and
Houston begin to put their lives together again.

The chronicle of an unfolding catastrophe, as told by
the victims of Hurricane Katrina, the bureaucrats, the rescuers, the
journalists and the politicians.

Let the evacuees of New Orleans take the lead in determining how the
billions of dollars in reconstruction funds are used to rebuild their
lives and their city.

The most remarkable aspect of the media's treatment of the hurricane coverage
was the return of the poor, in coverage that was neither condescending nor condemnatory.

Some storm victims evacuated from New Orleans were
"sorted" by age, race or gender. Is breaking up families and
prioritizing by race any way to deal with disaster?

At first glance New Orleans looks like a cross between a
giant conceptual art installation or the set of a cold war disaster
movie.

New Orleans is the classic tale of two cities: one
showy, middle-class and white; the other poor, downtrodden and
low-income black.

Blogs

A big-city mayor proposes moving toward $15-an-hour. A movement builds.

May 2, 2014

Counties and cities are posing a challenge to the Obama administration, whose immigration enforcement mechanisms lean heavily on the partnership between federal and local agents.

May 2, 2014

The impasse facing the TWA healthcare program stems from the taxi workforce’s structural exclusion from labor protections

April 28, 2014

“It’s what happens when you don’t spend money on affordable housing.”

April 17, 2014

We end out First 100 Days blog with a look at what stands between the progressive mayor and the far-off finish line.

April 17, 2014

A young Occupy Wall Street activist ended up in the hospital after her arrest. So why is she the one being prosecuted for assault?

April 14, 2014

After the triumphs and troubles of his first three months in office, the mayor lays claim to grassroots, people-powered movement politics.

April 10, 2014

Some of the key actors may be nearing a deal for immunity in order to tell what they know.

April 10, 2014

On schools, housing and more, both pro and con want nuts and bolts.

April 9, 2014

And that’s good news for the progressive mayor.

April 8, 2014