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Notes on journalism for the common good
by Lindsay Beyerstein

The Undocumented Immigrants Who Rebuilt New York After Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy damaged or destroyed more than 650,000 homes in New York. At least 4000 day laborers toiled to clean up the mess. An estimated 75% of these workers were undocumented migrants, an atypically high percentage. Most hailed from Mexico or other Latin American countries. Continue reading...

Sidney's Picks: The Trouble With Teeth

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They Can Punish You Without Convicting You First?

Life is chaotic, but a few things proceed in soothingly predictable order: Pants, then shoes. Chew, then swallow. Convict, then punish. Continue reading...

#Sidney's Picks: Must Amazon.com Be Stopped?

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Katha Pollitt Makes the Case For Abortion Without Apology

In her new book, Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, the feminist Nation columnist and poet Katha Pollitt urges pro-choicers to embrace abortion as a positive social good. The book makes a bold case in lucid and often acerbically funny prose. Pollitt deftly dissects the muddled thinking that characterizes our national abortion debate. I review the book in the latest issue of The American Prospect.