Anecdotal Tales of Quality of Life Problems in Lower Manhattan

By: Wednesday October 31, 2012 12:18 pm

I don’t want to overhype anecdotal information, but if this is in any way an accurate assessment of life in Lower Manhattan right now, we need to make some noise about it. 4) For now, this is an economic crisis – hourly workers cannot be paid, freelancers have no clients, small businesses have no sales, [...]

Continuing Resolution: TANF Emergency Fund, Nuclear Pork Favored Over Pell Grants, Haiti Relief

By: Wednesday September 29, 2010 9:10 am

David Rogers has some details about what’s in the continuing resolution that the Senate expects to pass as soon as tomorrow: The bill emerging bears this out, with fewer sections than past CRs and little of the billions in add-ons requested by the White House. Some provisions for extending the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families [...]

US, International Aid Not Reaching Haiti

By: Tuesday July 13, 2010 11:08 am

Six months after a devastating earthquake, and one of the worst natural disasters in terms of casualties in history, Haiti has still not received many of the financial commitments pledged by the rest of the world. Canadian reporter Isabel Macdonald writes for the Huffington Post that international donors have almost entirely not made good on [...]

Treasury Dept. Calls For Full Haitian Debt Cancellation

By: Friday February 5, 2010 2:32 pm

Here’s a nice Friday news dump. Tim Geithner just announced support for a full cancellation of Haiti’s debt, and the IMF will join him: WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced the United States will work with its partners around the world to relieve all debts owed by Haiti to international institutions [...]

Obama Administration Grants Temporary Protected Status To Haiti

By: Friday January 15, 2010 3:13 pm

This is positive. Responding to activist and Congressional calls for granting Temporary Protected Status to Haiti in the wake of the massive earthquake, the Obama Administration has done so. The Obama administration says it will allow Haitians already in the U.S. illegally to remain because of this week’s catastrophic earthquake. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano [...]

Conyers, 80 House Dems Join Call For Temporary Protected Status For Haiti

By: Friday January 15, 2010 9:42 am

The scene in Haiti is so horrifying I can hardly stand it, so before I say anything else, give what you can to relief efforts. But one of the best ways to help Haiti is by giving their nationals Temporary Protected Status, allowing Haitian immigrants in this country to remain here instead of becoming a [...]

Dealing With The Broader Dynamic In Haiti

By: Thursday January 14, 2010 1:18 pm

President Obama pledged $100 million dollars in the first round of relief for the earthquake-ravaged nation of Haiti. And they are not alone. Text-message donations have grown to over $2 million dollars, the biggest such campaign of its kind (texting “Haiti” to the number 90999 donates $10 to the Red Cross; it shows up on [...]

More On Haiti

By: Wednesday January 13, 2010 1:05 pm

CNN just ran a remarkable interview with Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Rene Preval, the Haitian President. He said that he is homeless, that the Presidential palace was destroyed and that he doesn’t know where he’ll sleep tonight. Here’s a good brief on that at the Orlando Sentinel. Said Preval, “I have plenty of time to [...]

Harold Ford’s Completely Insane Senate Campaign Launch

By: Wednesday January 13, 2010 11:06 am

I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a worse rollout for a political campaign, or one more disconnected with the constituency needed to win, than what Harold Ford exhibited in today’s New York Times. In a clear swipe at Ms. Gillibrand, he said he would not be a lap dog for Democratic leaders in Washington, [...]

Disaster In Haiti

By: Wednesday January 13, 2010 6:37 am

We interrupt the political coverage for this tragedy in the Carribean. Tens of thousands of people and even more are feared dead from a 7.0 earthquake in Haiti, one of the least equipped countries on Earth to deal with this kind of natural disaster. The island, and particularly the capital city of Port-au-Prince, are close [...]

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