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" The federal government talks a good game about homeland security. And yet cities, like Los Angeles, are constantly struggling to get the resources we need to provide that security. "

The most devastated neighborhood in America makes an ideal backdrop for a morally ambiguous play about abandonment.

The more sophisticated security technology becomes in our nation's cities, the more reason privacy activists have to be alarmed.

The city has backed away from its longstanding commitment to avoid procuring city workers' garments from offshore sweatshops.

A longtime activist, running in a special City Council election, is just what New Orleans needs.

If the American people continue to avert their eyes from the slow death of an abandoned city, their communities may soon be the next to fail.

A batch of new books on Hurricane Katrina investigate who is to blame for the tragedy.

In response to a crime wave, police are imprisoning a record number of nonviolent offenders.

Two years ago, Katrina shed light on a harsh truth--we are all victims of a failed government.

Drastic changes in the educational system are leaving New Orleans's public schools behind.

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The mayor-elect is getting pressure to include more blacks and Latinos among his appointments.

 

December 30, 2013

Forget what the talking heads tell you: our current mayor was often a lot more, and often a lot less, than just a manager.

December 28, 2013

It’s one thing to control a sensitive story about a child’s private struggles. It’s another to package it so slickly that a genuine and inspiring message gets drowned out.

December 27, 2013

The mayor-elect also named an aide as his chief of staff.

December 23, 2013

And maybe that's perfectly OK.

December 23, 2013

Before his mayoralty and after, The Nation repeatedly held La Guardia up as the model of how powerful and progressive a mayor can actually be.

December 21, 2013

The mayor-elect's calls on behalf of Mark-Viverito have infuriated county Democratic chairmen, who back another candidate.

December 18, 2013

New York City's mayor-elect is looking to become a national spokesperson on urban issues. That's not ambition. It's necessity.

December 16, 2013

What does a publicly traded corporation do when its defense-contracting business is flat? Move more aggressively into the privatization of city services. 

December 13, 2013

The mayor-elect will have to manage a huge budget, labor talks, an aggressive press and a cagey governor. Oh, and he might just carry the hopes of the progressive movement.

December 13, 2013