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If "We the People" Can't Agree on "Our" President, Is there Any Hope for Us?

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

A ratings chase and a revenue chase combine to coarsen the debate. This is our new reality -- and some days it looks so ugly one could reasonably turn away from civic life. But we don't.

Philippines Notebook: A National Disaster Brings Death and Blame

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

An overburdened city is an overburdened city and on Saturday, regardless of whether you lived in a shanty town or in a utilities-paying neighborhood, it was time to pay the price.

Interview: Visionary Entertainer Josh Charles

2morrowknight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

"When you write a song, you never know how it will evolve," Charles said. "I've been approached by people who are recovering from cancer and they have shared stories with me of how 'Healing Time' has helped them."

Life Span Of African-Americans In New Orleans Rivals North Koreans

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The average life span for African-Americans living in New Orleans is nearly as low as average life expectancy in North Korea, according to A Portrait ...

Most Americans Wish The 9/11 Families Peace Today. And Then There's Glenn Beck.

James Boyce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Boyce

As emotional as 9/11 was for all of us, nothing compares to what families who lost a loved one experienced that day. A fact that is totally lost on Glenn Beck.

Bad Lieutenant: Telluride Witnesses a Case of Cage Rage

Michael Bialas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Other than the fact that the lead character is a damaged detective, this film bears little resemblance to the Abel Ferrara-directed 1992 NC-17 movie that starred Harvey Keitel.

Van Jones: The Partisan Politics of Mutually Assured Distraction

Beau Friedlander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Beau Friedlander

Van Jones was the best person for the job he just relinquished. He would have helped Republican lawmakers in their districts. He would have created jobs. He would have made a difference.

Israel's Richest Woman Says She Can See the Future

The Washington Post | Howard Schneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The office door has a steel vault veneer, and Shari Arison -- controlling stockholder in Israel's largest bank and its largest construction company, h...

Carville: I'm "Slightly Miffed" Obama Hasn't Visited New Orleans

CNN Political Ticker | Martina Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A prominent Democrat who is also a Louisiana native said Sunday he was somewhat offended that President Obama has yet to pay a visit to New Orleans, ...

New Orleans Sees An Opportunity To Improve On Its Past

New York Times | CAMPBELL ROBERTSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Houses still sit empty, residents are still scattered and streets still echo with the sounds of hammers and power saws. But on the fourth anniversary ...

Obama Marks Katrina Anniversary: "No More Turf Wars"

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

OAK BLUFFS, Mass. — President Barack Obama marked the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Saturday by pledging to make sure that turf war...

Four years after Katrina, 100 days to Copenhagen

Sharon Hanshaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sharon Hanshaw

Let's live up to our responsibilities, America. Let's not wait for the next devastating Hurricane Katrina to come before we act.

Record Casts New Light On Doctors, Nurses Involved In Katrina Hospital Deaths

ProPublica | Sheri Fink | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The smell of death was overpowering the moment a relief worker cracked open one of the hospital chapel's wooden doors. Inside, more than a dozen bodie...

An Interview with Raphael Saadiq Plus This Week's New Albums

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Though his latest album The Way I See It was released last year, Saadiq still is touring pretty much non-stop. He took a quick break from his schedule for this interview.

The Radical Choice this Katrina Anniversary: Celebrate

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stacy Parker Le Melle

I've learned that while no one in New Orleans or the diaspora wants to be forgotten, no one wants their lives reduced to mere victimhood either.

A Death In the Family

Sherman Yellen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sherman Yellen

After John's cancer appeared and many of his fellow first responders began to die of 9/11 related illnesses, he became an activist. He died yesterday after a three year battle with cancer.

A Muslim American Hero: A Conversation With Dave Eggers on Zeitoun

Wajahat Ali | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Wajahat Ali

The Syrian American protagonist of Dave Eggers' new book -- despite his heroic efforts in post-Katrina New Orleans -- is arrested and brutally detained for weeks in a hellish, makeshift prison.

The New Orleans Mental Health Crisis, Exposed

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

The Washington Times ran an admirable piece about the post-Katrina mental health mess, yet there is a remarkable lapse: a failure to explain why the disaster happened, why the city was inundated.

A Sustainable New Orleans Rises After Katrina | KATIE HOWELL of Greenwire | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

There is a big push in the Big Easy for dramatically improving energy efficiency in homes and public buildings....

Is the Corps of Engineers Astro-Turfing Its Critics?

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

In New Orleans, when the subject is the Corps and its federal overseers, hope is something that was left at the starting gate last November.

Never Should Have Built it There -- New York

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

A new report predicts the dire future that may await New York City if a hurricane generates serious storm surge. The proposed solution? A set of barriers ringing the city to protect it from inundation.

Exclusive Interview With Geoffrey Nunberg, On The Years Of Talking Dangerously

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Chris Weigant

Epithets like "socialist" and "fascist" enable people on the right to bond with each other and -- though they may not acknowledge it -- to alienate everybody else.

Obama to New Orleans: Drop Dead?

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

The farther we get into this administration, the clearer it becomes that New Orleans is now enjoying its second consecutive federal administration with a do-nothing approach to helping the city.

The Air Force One Fly-Over And The Obama Presidency's New Age Of Accountability

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

President Obama, acting without equivocation, has put his administration on notice. Nothing less than competence and dedicated service to the nation is expected. The Bush buddy years are at end.

Specter: Loyal Opportunists

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jenkins

There is little doubt that the country has made a political left-turn, leaving opportunistic moderates from both parties scrambling to find their cherished middle.