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The Bronx Votes: Meaning in a 'Meaningless' Election

In the most expensive election in U.S. history, with the fate of the presidency possibly hinging on a few counties in Ohio, the Bronx is pretty far from the action. But that won't stop hundreds of thousands of Bronxites from exercising their franchise.

Voting for Obama, but Playing Romney

At Bronx Community College, some students took on candidates' roles for a debate, and teachers are seeing a mixture of apathy and interest among other voters on campus.

Deep in the Bluest Borough, a Conservative Blogger

William Gensert has a national following as a conservative blogger opposed to President Obama. In his deeply Democratic neighborhood, however, he avoids talking politics.

Brooklyn's Red Coast

In heavily Democratic Kings County, there's little suspense in the presidential race. But Mitt Romney's a heavy favorite in a few neighborhoods that favored GOP candidates in 2004 and 2008.

Foreclosure Crisis: Buzz Fades, Protests Continue

Four years after the housing crisis transformed the presidential race, it's barely mentioned on the campaign trail. But foreclosure is still an issue in New York, and some believe federally-chartered agencies can do more to help.

Flatbush Designs a Fight Against Poverty

A federal Promise Neighborhoods grant in hand, one Brooklyn organization is asking residents how best to address the causes and consequences of poverty in their neighborhood.

NY Prisoners Counted Differently, But Still Not Voting

Now that they'll be counted in their hometowns rather than where they're incarcerated, state inmates could shift district lines. One thing neither they nor parollees can do, however, is vote.

Will Cities Be Heard in Campaign 2012?

Great nations feature great cities. But American campaigns usually don't. Four years after voters elected a president who pledged to do more for cities, is that about to change?

New Orleans:Federal Housing, Environmental Policies Clash

The weeds were growing high in the Upper 9th Ward even before the hurricane hit.

Detroit: Beyond the Bailout, Immigration Is Key Issue

While many hands have shaped the good and bad of today's Detroit, the impact of current federal policy is easy to spot.

New York: Local Transit's Future Depends on the Feds

Transportation advocates in the nation's largest city believe the 2012 election will decide the future of mass transit in the United States.

For an Iraqi in New York, U.S. Withdrawal is Not War's End

Alaa Majeed is one of 60,000 Iraqis who came to the United States after the 2003 invasion. Married to an American, settled in Brooklyn, she still feels the disruption of the war—especially when she hears her mother's voice.

Can Private Advice Save A Threatened Public Realm?

From schools to public housing to hospitals that serve the poor, private firms are being brought in to rescue remnants of an earlier, more ambitious era of government.

Cuts Cripple Housing Assistance Network in Inwood, Washington Heights

Residents looking for help with housing disputes must line up as early as 3 a.m to get assistance from cash-strapped community organizations in particularly vulnerable northern Manhattan neighborhoods.

Obama Anti-Poverty Programs Begin to Take Shape

The president's neighborhood-based anti-poverty initiatives will soon move into a second stage. But in an era of budget-cutting, Promise Neighborhoods and Choice Neighborhoods face a steep political challenge.

Federal Funds Have City Planners Eyeing East New York, Bronx

A federal planning grant to be shared among several governments on either side of the New York-Connecticut border aims for transit-oriented development.

How Health Care Repeal Would Affect New York

Republicans want to reverse President Obama's health care reform law. What would that mean for New Yorkers?

Obama's Urban Policy: Slow Start. Sustainable Finish?

The president's campaign pledge to pay attention to cities got some tough early reviews. But now communities around the country are getting federal help to plan for the future.

Espada & Rivera Square Off In Tuesday's Primary

Despite the coalescence of an anti-Espada movement around Rivera, Rivera says the race is not just about dislodging Espada. He says it’s about bringing to the community much needed resources such as jobs and housing.

Reading The Political Tea Leaves Of Harlem's State Senate Race

Will charter schools, the age difference between the candidates and Harlem's changing racial and income demographics determine the outcome of the race between Bill Perkins and Basil Smikle?


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In November 2008, Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States and the first African American President in United States history. Background Obama was born to a black, Kenyan father and white mother. He grew up in Hawaii. As an undergraduate, he attended Columbia University. After graduating, Obama became a community activist in New York City. Later, he attended Harvard Law School. Presidency Entering the office amid a financial crisis and two lengthy wars, Obama promised change throughout his presidential campaign. He made measures to improve the economy through a stimulus package, tax cuts, and the passage of health care reform. He made efforts to pull back troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, and pledged a date that all troops would be returning home. He made great strides for the United States when CIA Operatives killed terrorist Osama Bin Laden in Spring 2011. He will run for re-election in the 2012 election.

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