Stories by Ryan Tracy

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    How to Save Main Street

    One New Jersey city has started to turn its Main Street around, but political operators from either side won’t like how it happened.
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    Can Haiti Pull off a Presidential Election?

    Authorities in Haiti must overcome a plethora of logistical challenges to make sure this month’s presidential vote is free and fair. But can they pull it off?
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    Kucinich Shows How Redistricting Could Trouble the Dems

    With redistricting looming, the Ohio congressman is from a state where the GOP won the governorship and the legislature. His case is only one example of how Democrats across the country could be forced into tough 2012 races.
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    Disney's Powerful Marketing Machine

    Disney has had decades of solid experience in the logistics of how to make a product—whether it's a TV series or an animated film—how to ship related merchandise, how to price said merchandise, and how to market all of the above, anywhere in the world. The result is a series of successful projects conceived, built, and sold through Disney's various branches.
  • Sante Fe Retrofits Toilets to Stave Off Water Woes

    While floods inspire tent-pole news coverage, the American Southwest has been quietly struggling with the opposite problem: a near-crippling drought. For the first time, water in the Lake Mead Basin, which feeds much of the region, is in danger of falling into the “shortage” zone, according to recent federal estimates. And the National Weather Service is predicting the worst seasonal drought since the mid-1950s.
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    Where Does the Money Go?

    Companies and private donors are giving money at an unprecedented rate in a midterm election year. The cash is funneled into nonprofit organizations that don’t have to disclose where donations originate as long as they retain 501(c) status (named for a part of the federal tax code) by keeping political activities to less than 50 percent of their expenses.
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    Rare and Unusual Photos and Images From the Burns Archive

    NEWSWEEK takes an exclusive look inside one of America’s largest and most unique photography collections and finds striking, counterintuitive, and never-before-seen images of the dark side of America’s past.
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    McCain and the 'Maverick' Label

    It’s no secret that Sen. John McCain has a love-hate relationship with the “maverick” moniker. But thanks to this week’s issue of The New Yorker, we can add another emotion to the senator’s complicated feelings about the label: jealousy.
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    How Etsy Created an Online Craft Market

    NEWSWEEK tours the Etsy ecosystem to see how one Web site has organized a disparate network of craft shops into an opportunity-packed global market.
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    Mike Castle Bows Out in Delaware

    The GOP avoids a potentially embarrassing internal fight as the veteran congressman decides against a write-in candidacy in the Senate race, but his decision won't help Christine O'Donnell's flagging campaign against the Democratic candidate.
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    The No-Drama First Lady

    In New York on Thursday, the president ceded the podium to perhaps the best-liked Democrat in America, giving the first lady a chance to preview the message she'll be taking to the campaign trail.
  • Kansas Stops Funding Student Journalism

    Both the federal trade and communications commissions are studying how Uncle Sam can help the flagging news business. But while federal subsidies may be coming, state support for journalism is on the wane. The clearest example is public television, which relies on a mix of federal, local, and private funding to fulfill a mandate of news and educational programming. Federal sources have not slowed in recent years, but state support dropped sharply in 2009, according to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which puts the damage at $36 million nationwide. This year, more than half the states are expected to make further cuts, with public-affairs coverage often taking the hardest hit.
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    Chilean Miners: Surviving the Darkness

    The plight of the 33 miners trapped in northern Chile for more than a month so far is harrowing enough. They must try to survive 90 percent humidity and avoid starvation. They also have to keep their sanity, which becomes harder as they confront another present danger: the darkness.
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    The Circus Comes to Ground Zero

    Early in the afternoon of the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, in lower Manhattan family members wearing white ribbons were outnumbered on the downtown streets. The dominant point of interest was not the massive pit where the World Trade Center once stood but the site of a former Burlington Coat Factory two blocks away where a Islamic cultural center has been proposed. The debate has opened the floodgates about Islam in America and transformed Ground Zero into the chosen venue to protest everything from abortion to conspiracy theories involving Muslim world domination. On block after block, these debates literally happened face-to-face.
  • Uniting Against the Quran-Burning Threat

    In a welcome response to a Florida pastor's controversial stunt about burning Muslims' holy book, pundits and pols alike are condemning it, displaying remarkable unity in these fractious times.
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    What to Make of Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes

    How are we to interpret recent headlines regarding possible hate crimes against Muslims that have sprung up in recent weeks? Are we simply paying closer attention to these sorts of incidents, or are they happening with greater frequency thanks to the mosque controversy?
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    Wyclef Jean Lashes Out in Song

    The hip-hop star has recorded a song declaring that Haiti's president—"Lucifer"—disqualified him from the presidential race. And he declares that he will fight back.
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    Sort of Good News During a Bad Economy

    New data shows fewer American workers died on the job in 2009 than in any year since at least 1992. Good news, but not as good as it sounds.
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    McCain Is No 'Twitter Genius'

    A new study shows John McCain's social-media messages reach more people than those of any other senator, but his posts are bland, and other pols prove that quality, not quantity, is what really counts.
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    Wyclef's Tough Presidential Quest

    When Wyclef Jean announced that he would run for president of Haiti, his candidacy had a whiff of inevitability, if not triumphalism. Many, perhaps even the hip-hop star himself, seemed to assume he would seize frontrunner status and then be elected by acclamation. Two weeks later, Jean's fledgling candidacy is less certain.
  • Wisconsin's New Way to Make Medicaid Cuts

    Medicaid is a lifeline for millions of uninsured Americans. For public officials, however, it’s often a quagmire—a program that drains as much as a quarter of total state spending, yet can’t be streamlined without political bloodshed.

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