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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.

Blogs

A challenge to Rahm Emanuel and corporate Democrats sows the seeds of a new urban populism.

April 8, 2015

When it counts, the newest Republican presidential candidate sides with autocrats who thwart local control, democracy and, yes, liberty.

April 7, 2015

A supporter of public schools and teachers pushes Democrats to get on the side of the future.

April 3, 2015

Chuy challenges Mayor Rahm Emanuel and insider Democrats.

April 1, 2015

Although the Department of Justice and the police bureau in Portland, Oregon, reached a “groundbreaking” settlement last year, residents say racial discrimination is a problem.

March 16, 2015

Governor Cuomo's public school agenda puts both students and teachers in jeopardy. 

March 13, 2015

For Rudy Giuliani, the greater the threat or instability, the more money he makes. 

February 25, 2015

Too bad he doesn’t actually have the power to stop them.

February 25, 2015

Voters force school-closing Mayor Rahm Emanuel into a runoff and demand an elected school board.

February 25, 2015

The mayor’s spending millions, but unions and progressives are fighting for grassroots democracy.

February 19, 2015