FROM Viola Francois Washington
Promises and Realities Two Years after Katrina For presidential candidates of both political parties, New Orleans has become a regular stop on the campaign trail. Despite the sullied reputation of FEMA , President Bush tonight starts his thirteenth visit since Hurricane Katrina struck land two years ago tomorrow. But despite two years of promises, crime is up along with rents and taxes. Healthcare and other services are still in decline. Levee repair is still under way, but coastal restoration hasn't even been started. A major city was struck by a disaster predicted well in advance. Can America summon the will and resources for long-term protection?
Life in New Orleans One Year Later Mayor Ray Nagin wants half of New Orleans to come back home, and today President Bush got a look at what they would find when they got there. A year after Katrina, there's no central plan, and some neighborhoods are as full of debris as they were when the waters receded. Today, Nagin said that things "would have been different" if "rich people were struggling in New Orleans." Will disaster be a catalyst for reconciling issues of race and class? We hear about the desperate lack of affordable housing as 73 separate neighborhoods try to decide what to do. What about jobs, schools and businesses to keep the economy going?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?