Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 11:36 am
Suppose Sandy had struck a week later. With power out across multiple states, how would people be able to vote on Election Day?
"If this were happening next week, we have no provisions for dealing with this in law," says Thad Hall, a political scientist at the University of Utah.
Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 11:09 am
President Obama offered thoughts and prayers Tuesday for all those who have been affected by Sandy. He also offered something more tangible: the full resources of the federal government.
"The most important message I have for them is that America's with you," he said. "We are standing behind you, and we are going to do everything we can to help you get back on your feet."
For Obama, the federal government is a critical vehicle for that kind of help. Republicans put more faith in local government, and even voluntary efforts.
Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 6:37 pm
"The New York City subway system is 108 years old, but it has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night."
That's how Joseph J. Lhota, the chairman of the Metropolitan Transit Authority, explained the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy to the venerable mass transit system on Tuesday.
The problem is so big that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had deployed an elite 12-member team to help out.