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Faced with the challenge of rebuilding, New Orleans seems stuck in the mud--not just mired in the muck caking the city but also trapped by centuries of policy mistakes, especially the fantasy that it can be separated from its surroundings.

Home equity--for those lucky enough to own a house or condo--is a
primary source of economic security. But unsold inventory, rising
interest rates and record levels of mortgage defaults are making the
future look grim.

San Francisco recently launched universal preschool, designed to make young participants higher earners and better citizens when they reach adulthood. If successful, San Francisco’s initiative could make preschool as commonplace as kindergarten.

Advocacy groups like ACORN want New Orleanians to play a
role in the rebuilding of the community they had to leave. The biggest
issue so far: getting refugees of the storm back home.

Stocks crash and housing prices tend to go down with a whisper. But a disturbing number of signs now point to a sudden burst of the real estate bubble.

New Orleans did not die an accidental death--it was murdered by
deliberate design and planned neglect. Here are twenty-five urgent
questions from the people who live in a city submerged in anger and
frustration.

This is a list of "Pro-Free-Market Ideas for Responding to Hurricane
Katrina and High Gas Prices," circulated by the href="http://johnshadegg.house.gov/rsc/about.htm">House Republican
Study

Why are the poorest victims of Hurricane Katrina
being kept out of perfectly livable homes?

New Orleans was not an unpredictable disaster--it was
a model for the incompetence of the Bush Administration. And when the
next disaster comes, we will all be under water.

With military and law enforcement forces combing New
Orleans in the wake of the storm, why did the federal government feel compelled to hire private security firms Blackwater USA and BATS to keep the peace?

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Lessons from Missouri should steer us toward new national policies and an embrace of policing that respects civil liberties.

August 15, 2014

Why has the response to Michael Brown’s murder been to crack down on dissent and arrest journalists?

August 14, 2014

Officials have temporarily suspended water shutoffs, and activists are working to create permanent protections for low-income families.

July 22, 2014

Unions, community and religious groups organize to prioritize the interests of working families over the interests of Wall Street bankers.

July 17, 2014

The Detroit Water and Sewage Department plans to shut off water for delinquent customers at a rate of 1,500 to 3,000 this summer. 

July 11, 2014

Citizens organize to block water shutoffs as the UN Special Rapporteur says ”when there is genuine inability to pay, human rights simply forbids disconnections.”

July 11, 2014

However one feels about subway dancers’ high flying antics, we should be able to agree they shouldn’t be arrested.

July 8, 2014

For many of Brazil’s residents, the battles between World Cup teams aren’t nearly as important as the battle to keep their homes, or to protest free from the threat of violence.

June 16, 2014

Low-income residents demand accountability from NYCHA. 

June 16, 2014

As a major city opts for a minimum wage that’s double the federal rate, what seemed an improbable goal gets very real.

June 2, 2014