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As Police Departments Shrink, Officer Shooting Deaths Increase

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Even though the housing bubble burst nearly five years ago, local governments are only now beginning to feel its repercussions with significantly lower tax revenues. Many municipalities across the country have chosen to bridge this gap by cutting services, specifically in police departments. In 2011, there were fewer cops on patrol than there have been in 25 years. This precipitous drop coincided with a 13 percent increase in the number of officers killed in the line of duty.

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Stucknation: The Thinning Blue Line Means a More Dangerous World for Police

Monday, December 26, 2011

While the United States continues to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to police the world - and going deeper and deeper debt in the process - Main Street, USA is becoming an increasingly more deadly place for police.

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Stucknation: OWS Learns That Nowadays, Trade Trumps Democracy

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Early last Sunday morning, after the NYPD's forcible removal of protesters at Zuccotti Park, the scene was cold and surreal.

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A Year of Stucknation: More Stuck than Ever, a Movement is Born

Sunday, October 23, 2011

What President Obama and the Republicans can't address is actually what's happening that keeps us stuck. In our era of global speculation there's no countervailing force that acts in the public interest on a worldwide scale as a check on corporate power and reach.

-Bob Hennelly, Stucknation columnist

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Stucknation: America's Debt Addiction is About Character, Not Numbers

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

We have permitted debt and speculation to hollow out America's core. We mistake playing the margins, the spread and the angles as the surest way to prosperity.

-Bob Hennelly, It's A Free Country columnist.

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Stucknation: Impassioned Hope of 2008 Nowhere to be Found in Passive 2011 Obama

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

I have been in close quarters with President Obama only twice, but what happened between those two occasions tells a lot about the arc of his presidency and the trajectory of the nation he's charged with leading.

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Stucknation: Schneiderman's Mission to Restore Faith in the American Mortgage

Friday, July 29, 2011

There are so many people who got bad deals - and are stuck with those bad deals - who are just seething with the sense that the bankers who put them in those bad deals are not stuck with the deal.

-AG Eric Scneiderman on his investigation into banks that created the mortgage crisis.

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Stucknation: Obama Takes on Underwater Mortgage Crisis, But is it Too Little, Too Late?

Monday, July 18, 2011

I am determined, the president is determined, that we get a settlement not only that is going to hold these servicers accountable, but also that provides real assistance to families that didn't get the assistance they should have gotten.

-Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan

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Stucknation: Xanadu Gets Legislative Boost From NJ Leaders

Saturday, July 02, 2011

This ugly building is now a dirty deal for the taxpayers, and it is kind of like the Vietnam of malls"

-Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel on the American Dreams Meadowland project

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Stucknation: With Washington Deadlocked, States and Cities Get Creative

Monday, June 27, 2011

Right now the only sign of adult bipartisan leadership and forward momentum is coming from the states, local officials and average citizens who sense the country's dire condition.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly 

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Stucknation: Cutting, but Not Rethinking, the FDNY

Monday, May 23, 2011

Almost a decade after the September 11th attacks, which led to the deaths of 343 local firefighters, federal and state budget makers are cutting support for local fire departments. Thousands of firefighters have lost, or are losing their jobs.

In New York City, faced with billions in cuts from the federal and state governments, the Bloomberg administration is contemplating the closure of 20 fire companies. 

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Stucknation: Christie's Xanadu Nightmare Becomes Someone's 'American Dream'

Friday, May 06, 2011

You're an ambitious, high-profile Republican governor of a state in chronic budget crisis and in a nation with a sputtering recovery. The state's corrupt "pay to play" politics, left you a two-million-square-foot mall monstrosity named Xanadu that's yet to open. Its exterior is violently ugly and it is built on state land so close to the Big Apple that its value is through the roof. Worse yet, in just three years, the eyes of the world will be on the monstrosity because your brand new NFL stadium next door is hosting the Superbowl in 2014.

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Stucknation: Drones, War Crimes and Obama

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

When President Obama ran for president he took President Bush to task for his lack of a nuanced strategy when it came to the global war on terrorism. Why with the election of a President Obama, we were told, we would have a leader who would engage the Muslim world in a productive dialogue.

Scroll forward a few years. What we have is an Obama Presidency even more reliant on the use of predatory drones in the never ending "war on terror." And according to well-respected experts, this growing reliance on targeted killings in countries we are not at war with may put the current president and our nation on the wrong side of international law.

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Stucknation: The Stench from Under the TARP

Monday, April 18, 2011

We cannot "win the future" by white-washing the past.

Yet that appears to be just exactly what U.S. banking regulators, led by the Federal Reserve, are preparing to do when it comes to resolving the robo-signing foreclosure scandal that implicates the nation's biggest banks.

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Stucknation: Obama’s Risk-Free, ‘Real-Time’ Leadership

Monday, April 11, 2011

Throughout his political career, President Obama has been a master of "real-time delivery" when it comes to leadership. No point in being out ahead and taking the heat. It will just make you sweat. Wait for everybody else to take a whack at it, see how that goes, clear your throat, and float in above the fray.

Later this week, more than halfway through his first term, President Obama is going to put forward his vision for how we handle the long-term debt test. Everybody else has turned in their exam, so the calibration should be a snap.

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Stucknation: Is Obama 'Recovery' Another 'Mission Accomplished'?

Monday, April 04, 2011

Is this the "recovery" we purchased with hundreds of billions of dollars of borrowed federal dollars that will take generations to pay off? Will the President's re-election platform be "it could have been worse?"
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Stucknation: Idle Youth, The World's Ticking Time Bomb

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Last December in Tunisia, 26 year-old Mohammed Bouazizi set himself ablaze. He died from his injuries in the first week of January.

In a matter of weeks, the poignancy and despair of his personal narrative sparked a nation to rise in rebellion and throw off an autocratic ruler who had clung to power for decades thanks to U.S. patronage.ititit

 

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Stucknation: Profit and Probability - Is Fukushima Another Ford Pinto?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

WNYC

The collapse of the World Trade Center towers, the failure of New Orleans' levies during hurricane Katrina, and the destruction of the half dozen Fukushima General Electric boiling water nuclear reactors are all monuments to "good enough" engineering.

In our free-market world, what gets built and how robust it is constructed is the result of a dynamic tension between profit and probability. What are the odds that "X" will happen versus the cost of preventing or anticipating it, otherwise known as the "Pinto principle."

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Stucknation: Tax Shelters and Shorting the Economy

Sunday, March 13, 2011

In the immediate aftermath of Japan's worst earthquake on record and the cataclysmic tsunami that followed, the business wires found a silver lining.

Now, they cheerfully chirped the Yen was showing surprising strength. Why? Because odds were improving that Japanese multinational companies would begin to repatriate tens of billions of ...

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Stucknation: Public Art, Stolen History

Monday, March 07, 2011

WNYC

Ringwood Manor, and the woods and streams around it, play a central role in American history. Last week, while nobody was looking, thieves looted the state park, netting two landscape paintings and historic artifacts.

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