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The Wildly Improbable Public Life of Jerry Brown

Over a half-century in office — and running for office — this man of paradox broke virtually every rule in the politico's rulebook. Californians loved him for it.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  August 4, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Navajo Nation: A Trip to the Top of Gray Mountain

Phillip Yellow makes the treacherous drive every day, carrying 500 gallons of water up the mountain to a plot of land that’s been in the family for years. “We’ve been here quite a while.”

By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller  |  August 4, 2020
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In the Arena

Sharon Greenberger Fights for New York as YMCA President, CEO

As president and CEO of the New York YMCA, Sharon Greenberger is constantly working to make New York a healthier, happier community. Now she uses her decades of experience to transform The Y into a place of hope amid COVID-19.

By Cathilea Robinett  |  August 4, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

The State and Local Stake in a Federal Digital-Commerce Tax

Europe is heading in that direction. If the idea begins to catch on here, states and localities will need to be at the federalism policymaking table to share in the revenues.

By Girard Miller, Finance Columnist  |  August 4, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

High-Speed Rail’s True Barrier Isn't Money. It’s Space.

Private investors want to build bullet trains across America, but in too many cases they're having trouble finding right-of-way. There's a lot that state and local governments could do to help them along.

By Scott Beyer, Urban Issues Columnist  |  August 3, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Why Are Insane Asylums the Model for Human Services?

We're stuck in a 19th-century model that costs too much and doesn't serve anybody well. Rather than cut, cut, cut, we need to redefine the way we deliver services to bring them into the 21st century.

By Eric B. Schnurer, Public Works LLC  |  August 3, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

Legislative Watch: Addressing America's Eviction Crisis

COVID-19 cases are on the rise, and citizens can't shelter in place if they're evicted. Legislators in some states are proposing moratoriums on evictions for as long as a year after the end of the health emergency.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  July 31, 2020
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4,000

The number of student laptops that have gone missing from South Carolina’s Greenville County school district, amounting to $1.2 million. Since the end of the school year, the district has made multiple attempts to retrieve the missing Chromebooks, but have been largely unsuccessful.

THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Why the Police Shouldn’t Be Armed Debt Collectors

Reforms that address police violence against communities of color won't be effective unless we reduce governments' over-reliance on revenue from fines and court fees for minor offenses.

By Ariel Nelson, National Consumer Law Center; Wingo Smith, Southern Poverty Law Center; and Leah Nelson, Alabama Appleseed  |  July 31, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Mr. Speaker: You Have Too Much Power

It shouldn't be surprising to see legislative leaders being accused of corruption. The iron-fisted control many of them have over the legislative process makes for a system ripe for ethical abuse.

By John Tillman, Illinois Policy Institute  |  July 31, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

Immigrant Rights, Social Justice and Post-Pandemic Planning

Sonja Diaz, a lawyer and scholar, talks about immigrants, who are disproportionately represented among essential workers but have received little in the way of COVID-19 aid. The pandemic has left them in limbo.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  July 30, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

The Adirondacks: Images of America’s Largest Protected Area

Created in 1892 by the state of New York, the park was preserved just when it was on the brink of widespread deforestation. Today, its 6 million acres encompass 105 towns and villages, making it a unique mix of conservation and civilization.

By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller  |  July 30, 2020
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Sharon Greenberger Fights for New York as YMCA President, CEO

As president and CEO of the New York YMCA, Sharon Greenberger is constantly working to make New York a healthier, happier community. Now she uses her decades of experience to transform The Y into a place of hope amid COVID-19.

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