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Life after Sandy: Letter from Red Hook, Brooklyn
January 15th, 2013
06:47 PM ET

Life after Sandy: Letter from Red Hook, Brooklyn

(CNN) It's been 79 days since Superstorm Sandy ravaged the Northeast, and still, some people in the New York City area are without heat and hot water. A simple thing like grabbing a midnight snack out of the refrigerator remains elusive for some people.

I saw the struggle firsthand over the weekend when my fiance and I took a volunteer shift to help some homeowners edge back from the brink. We were in Red Hook, a neighborhood in Brooklyn known for its industrial waterfront, taco trucks, Ikea and in recent years, its artists and artisan foods.

FEMA funds are quickly drying up here in this "Zone A" area, a high-risk designation that means flood insurance is limited and incredibly expensive if it's available at all.

House prepares to vote again on Sandy aid

Many neighborhood staples are still struggling - from the 40,000-square-foot Fairway supermarket, which remains closed, to the mom and pops that line the Main Street here known as Van Brunt. FULL POST

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Filed under: "Superstorm" Sandy • Opinion • OutFront Staff
"Common ground exists between the White House and the NRA on gun control," says John Avlon
January 10th, 2013
01:23 PM ET

"Common ground exists between the White House and the NRA on gun control," says John Avlon

The Obama administration is set to meet with the leading members of the gun industry, including the National Rifle Association, to talk gun control.

In his latest column for CNN.com, John Avlon cites three areas where the administration and the NRA can find common ground.

John Avlon is also a CNN contributor and member of the OutFront political strike team.

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Filed under: Gun Control • Opinion • Politics
January 3rd, 2013
06:31 PM ET

House to vote Friday on Sandy aid: Chris Christie's straight talk 'gets results,' says John Avlon

In his latest column for CNN.com, John Avlon highlights the importance of straight talk in politics. Avlon tackles New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's press conference, where he blasted the House majority and Speaker John Boehner for not taking up the Sandy relief bill before closing out the 112th Congress.

John Avlon is also a CNN contributor and member of the OutFront political strike team.

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Filed under: News • Opinion • Politics
Controversial gun debate: Arming our public school teachers?
December 19th, 2012
01:27 PM ET

Controversial gun debate: Arming our public school teachers?

As the nation moves away from the day 27 lives were forever changed by 20-year-old Adam Lanza in Newtown, Connecticut, - the question that remains is how do we prevent this horrific act from happening again.

Lanza first killed his mother in her home, then forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 26 people including 20 children, and finally taking his own life.

Should have Sandy Hook's teachers been armed?

Two CNN contributors wrote opinion pieces Wednesday on the controversial debate of arming public school teachers.

LZ Granderson writes that allowing concealed weapons in places like schools and churches would just result in more tragedy, not less.

William Bennett writes having armed and trained people could help protect schools and other vulnerable places from gun violence.

Tune to Erin Burnett OutFront at 7p and 11p ET on CNN.

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Filed under: CT Shooting • Gun Control • Justice • News • Opinion
What's really at stake in election 2012 – bipartisanship: "Stop fighting and start fixing," says John Avlon
November 5th, 2012
02:09 PM ET

What's really at stake in election 2012 – bipartisanship: "Stop fighting and start fixing," says John Avlon

In his latest column for CNN.com , John Avlon highlights how hyper partisanship has hurt America.  Avlon believes this election will test the future of American politics and asks whether extreme partisanship will be rewarded at the polls. If so, then nothing will change.

America needs to break this fever of hyperpartisanship. The day after the election, we will have to start healing as a nation. Members of Congress will be confronted with a fiscal cliff and serious questions about how to deal with taxes, spending, the deficit and the debt. If they feel that extremism and obstruction have been punished by the voters, they will find a way to work together. If either party feels it has achieved an ideological mandate, it will be tempted to play chicken with the fiscal cliff.

John Avlon is also a CNN contributor and member of the OutFront political strike team. FULL POST


Filed under: 2012 Election • Opinion • Politics
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