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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Obama's PR Offensive on Immigration

Armed with evidence that federal authorities are deporting more illegal immigrants than ever under its watch, the Obama administration is stepping up its messaging on the immigration issue.