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Aid for Strong Cities, Strong Communities

“Over the past two and a half years, the Obama Administration received feedback from leaders all across the country who described the kind of partnership that would be most useful to them for economic growth,” said Domestic Policy Director Melody Barnes. “The result is Strong Cities, Strong Communities, an innovative new pilot that will help strengthen local communities while also delivering federal resources and assistance more effectively.”

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An ode to the southern man

Admittedly, I recently married one of the sons of the South, so call me foolish with newlywed dreams. On the other hand, I’ve traveled enough to know what a blessing it is to make eye contact and share a smile with strangers on the street, to feel safe enough to walk the streets of small-town America alone and to small talk with others in the grocery store line. While our corner of this country is far from perfect, some benefits of living in the South far outweigh the glitz and glamour offered by sparkly stranger-filled cities devoid of dear southern hospitality.

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The Happiest Countries in the World

There is more to happiness than raw economic growth. What happens when you measure countries by employment, health care, and life satisfaction? The United States and Europe run in opposite directions. The pursuit of happiness is one of America’s promises to its citizens, enshrined in the Declaration of Independence. But today, Americans are a profoundly [...]

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A search for truth brings justice to WWII Japanese American internees

By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times June 8, 2011 Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga uncovered the racial prejudice behind the forced relocation of citizens of Japanese descent after Pearl Harbor. Her efforts helped lead to an official government apology and reparations. Every morning, she climbed the wide marble steps of the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga [...]

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36 Days 9 Hours to Hell!

The jobs that will be created for the reconstruction and rebuilding of Japan is one (long term) benefit that will result from this unfortunate earthquake, but its hard to envision Japan’s revival in the midst of their worst crisis since World War II.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Medicaid Redesign Web Site to Track Progress and Invite Public Participation

The Medicaid Redesign Team has been tasked by Governor Cuomo to find ways to reduce costs and increase quality and efficiency in the Medicaid program for the upcoming 2011-12 Fiscal Year. As part of its work, the Team is seeking ideas from the public at large, the health care workforce, and experts in health care delivery and insurance, economics, business, consumer rights and other relevant areas.

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