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Election Day’s Most Pressing Voting Irregularities: A Roundup
November 06, 2012

Update: As of 5 p.m. there have been 71,849 calls into Election Protection’s 866-OUR-VOTE Hotline. The trends throughout the day include confusion over voter ID requirements in multiple states; long lines at the polls in part due to early voting restrictions; and inadequate preparation throughout the country—not enough voting machines or polling officials—for a large voter turnout. One of the most significant updates include a number of reports coming out of Pennsylvania—specifically Philadelphia and Pittsburgh—that voters have been wrongfully removed from the voting rolls.

Power Is Finally Back in Manhattan. Here's How to Make Sure It Never Goes Out Again
November 04, 2012

How we can design our electricity grid to survive future disasters

Why Tuesday Could Be a Turning Point for Gay Marriage
November 02, 2012

In the next few weeks, the battle for marriage equality faces two crucial hurdles.

Don't Focus On National Early Voting Numbers
November 01, 2012

The early voting states lean to the right.

After Sandy, a New Panic: Rats!
October 31, 2012

Many likely drowned or came up from the subway. Most are where they've always been — right under your nose.

In Soviet Russia, Storm Weathers You
October 31, 2012

As I sat stranded in a friend’s Manhattan apartment, watching nature make a mockery of my plans, I had a hard time tearing myself away from local Channel 4’s coverage of what New York's Governor has called “Sandy’s fury.” Sopping beachfronts were swarming with reporters barely able to stand in the wind; governors, mayors, and officials of all sorts were giving press conferences, detailing what was closed where, whom they’ve talked to and when, and what they’d done to manage the fallout of a historic storm.

The Big Infrastructure Question Posed by Sandy
October 31, 2012

In light of this week’s storm, one big question post-Sandy is what could have been done to prevent the devastating damage to the city of New York, its infrastructure, and its economy? Monday morning quarterbacking, for sure, but it’s the question on everyone’s mind now. And for obvious reasons, that’s tough to answer. After all, what is the proper way to prepare for a once-in-a-century event? (Whether 100-year storms now happen every year is another, but related, discussion.) In comments after the storm, New York Gov.

Daily Breakdown: State Polls Show Obama Ahead, National Polls Show A Tight Race
October 31, 2012

The split between the popular vote and the Electoral College isn't as simple as Ohio.

How to Tell if FEMA is Doing a Good Job or a Lousy One
October 30, 2012

What does FEMA do, exactly, in the aftermath of a hundred-year storm? And how can we tell whether it's working?

“Is the Booze Alright?” Red Hook Resurfaces After Sandy
October 30, 2012

Hurricane Sandy observed the borders of gentrification as scrupulously as Brooklyn residents do.

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