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  • Challenging Bedrock Law: "Dillon's Rule" in Detroit and Beyond

    By Simon Davis-Cohen, Truthout | News Analysis

    A manhole cover in Detroit, where the state-appointed emergency manager is considering handing off water services to independent authorities, June 21, 2013. While the notion that selling City of Detroit assets like the Coleman A. Young International Airport, Belle Isle Park and the collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts has fueled outrage, some residents say the city has worse problems, like police and ambulance response time to calls. (Fabrizio Costantini/The New York Times)A manhole cover in Detroit, where the state-appointed emergency manager is considering handing off water services to independent authorities, June 21, 2013. While the notion that selling City of Detroit assets like the Coleman A. Young International Airport, Belle Isle Park and the collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts has fueled outrage, some residents say the city has worse problems, like police and ambulance response time to calls. (Fabrizio Costantini/The New York Times)

    A latent yet pervasive legal doctrine called "Dillon's Rule" is being wielded against Detroit. Writes Davis-Cohen: "Detroit's dismemberment is but a symptom of a legal doctrine - an idea - that has worked to trivialize the American municipality for well over a century."

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  • The Disunited States: A French Writer Navigates 1930s United States

    The Disunited States: A French Writer Navigates 1930s United States

    By Patrick Glennon, Truthout | Book Review / News Analysis

    The opening chapter to The Disunited States strings together actual news reports taken from 30 different US newspapers published on September 22, 1936. The effect is mesmerizing, as author Vladimir Pozner extracts the alienation, class antagonism, racism and sexism endemic to the 1930s.

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  • Increasingly Dangerous Guns Endanger US Communities

    Increasingly Dangerous Guns Endanger US Communities

    By Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout | Book Review / News Analysis

    Not Sandy Hook, not Fort Hood, not the mass shootings in Binghamton, New York, at Virginia Tech, or in Tucson, Arizona, or Aurora, Colorado, have led the body politic to stand up to the National Rifle Association, or the gun manufacturers with which it is aligned, to demand stricter regulations on who can obtain and use firearms. The Last Gun explains the reasons why gun control has become "the third rail" of US politics.

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