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  1. Mayor de Blasio Seeks Social Justice for NYC

    Bill de Blasio came out swinging in his mayoral inauguration speech this week, ushering in a new progressive political era for New York City and promising to narrow the divide between the Big Apple’s rich and poor. The new mayor has pledged to raise taxes on the wealthy to fund pre-Kindergarten programs, reform policing and construct affordable housing units, but significant obstacles stand in his way. For example, raising taxes requires the support of state lawmakers who face reelection in 2014, and police reforms cannot come at the cost of higher crime rates.

    Sources: Reuters, The Guardian, CNN

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