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.
Three new books reappraise the massive earthquake of 1906, which was felt across an area of 400,000 miles and leveled much of San Francisco.
Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is now using his public image,
burnished by 9/11, to conceal crooked business deals and reap handsome
profits from a national tragedy.
In Brooklyn, a beleaguered Arab-American community copes with bigotry
and heightened government scrutiny post-9/11.
Arab Americans are experiencing something similar to McCarthy-era
redbaiting, but the cold war performed better on racial justice than
Bush's "war on terror."