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It’s the Tea Party, stupid

Lawrence Rosenthal, executive director, Center for Right-Wing Studies | November 5, 2012

Apart from certain quarters on the Right predicting a Romney victory on Election Day, the final weeks of the campaign witnessed a gathering sentiment, almost a last-minute conventional wisdom, about the election’s outcome. It went something like this: Obama had a significant and reliable lead until the first debate. Pre-debate, Republicans lamented a lackluster Romney … Continue reading »

Two hurricanes and two networks

Rosemary Joyce, professor of anthropology | November 2, 2012

Hurricane Sandy hit close to home. Not where I live, mind you; but where my heart is, with my family. As the hours went by, I waited for updates from my brothers, my nephews, all in the path of the storm. My many friends and family members living in New Jersey or New York City … Continue reading »

Is Hurricane Sandy the face of climate change?

Jayni Foley Hein, former director, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment |

It’s a question at the forefront of many of our minds, as we witness the aftermath of Sandy’s fierce destruction.  In the days following the superstorm, we’ve seen surreal images — an illuminated carousel appearing to float in high water, drowning taxi cabs in perfect rows — things we believed would not happen for decades, as … Continue reading »

Redeeming FEMA: How the agency has been strengthened since Katrina

Dan Farber, professor of law | October 31, 2012

Today’s FEMA is a lot different from the organization that flubbed the Katrina response.  There have been a number of positive changes, mostly during the past four years. First, as the Washington Post explains, FEMA’s authority has expanded: Congress has broadened FEMA’s authority so that the agency can respond in advance of major storms, instead … Continue reading »

9/11 reaction and resilience

Claude Fischer, professor of sociology | October 30, 2012

New demographic reports about New York City have firmed up an impression that any casual walker in the city can draw: Manhattan is booming – booming in business activity and in human activity. The Times summary reads, in part: “Two new studies show that downtown has become a magnet. Between 2000 and 2010 . . … Continue reading »

Romney vs. disaster assistance

Dan Farber, professor of law | October 29, 2012

In assessing Mitt Romney’s argument that disaster response should be a purely state responsibility, we should consider his record in Massachusetts. In his last year as governor, Romney refused to provide state assistance when major floods hit western Massachusetts., even though the state government had ample funds.  Romney had already begun to run for President, … Continue reading »