The Breakdown

PW’s Tara Murtha Visits Her N.J. Hometown After Hurricane Sandy

Before Hurricane Sandy, Union Beach consisted of approximately 2,700 houses. Since Hurricane Sandy, at least 100 homes are already completely gone—punched into smithereens by a wall of water that surged out of the bay—and many more will need to be demolished. Almost every home in the town is damaged. But attention is largely focused on New York and smashed-boardwalk Jersey tourist towns to the south—not small working-class communities like Union Beach.

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The Problem With Voter ID: It Needed More Money, Not Less

On Oct. 2, the courts ruled that enforcement of the new Pennsylvania law requiring photo ID at the polls would not be enforced before this year’s general election. The problem wasn’t with the concept of tying citizens’ voting rights to their photo ID but with the state’s hasty, haphazard, lackadaisical implementation.

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Philadelphians Tell Gov. Corbett What They Think of His Priorities

That image—of a distant, sarcastic overlord who tunes out any objections to his decisions—pretty much sums up how many Philadelphians see Corbett. And for good reason. In the two years that Philadelphia’s been “bearing with” him, he’s made cuts that disproportionately impact Philadelphia.

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The Philadelphia Archdiocese’s $11.6 Million Mystery

The $11.6 million is, reporters inform us, the price the church has paid so far responding to “the current clergy sex-abuse scandal.” The figure is never attributed. It just hangs there, as if it is confirmed fact. Trouble is, it’s not. So where’s it from?

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Modern Labor Battles Are About Tech, Not Muscle

Trade unions’ traditional war tactics rely on a balance of unabashed intimidation and harassment, murky political connections and public-relations campaigns that cast them as the victims.

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