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Elisabeth Ponsot

Associate web producer
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Florida’s Hispanic vote

Our report Yo Decido shows that the hotly contested Hispanic vote in Florida is far from a monolith — one size appeal will not fit all. The Pew Hispanic Center’s figures show just how diverse the Florida Latino vote is.

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Alternative energy noticeably absent from 2012 campaign

Renewable energy, a key part of President Obama’s platform in 2008, has been absent from the national conversation this election season.

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Leaked video reveals partisan nature of campaign season

The most talked about campaign story this week centers on videos posted by Mother Jones, which show a candid Mitt Romney speaking at a private fundraiser about issues ranging from Iran’s nuclear potential to the current administration’s “naive” foreign policy views. Most of the subsequent media coverage has focused on the “dependent” video, in which [...]

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Law protecting gay students lacks enforcement mechanism

For years, Sade Singh, a Brooklyn-born, self-proclaimed “activist” teenager who lives in Hollis, Queens, watched from afar as individuals around her who identified as gay, lesbian and transgender were harassed — by overt displays of bigotry in her community and occasional incidents of intolerance at her school, Queens Collegiate High School in Jamaica. “I know [...]

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A different view of President Clinton’s speech at the DNC

What is your reaction to President Clinton’s speech at the DNC? Did you find his arguments for President Barack Obama re-election compelling? Or, were you more swayed by the Republican message in Tampa? Watch the video of his speech and share your views in the comments below.

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New bill bans ‘pray the gay away’ therapy for minors in California

Lawmakers in California have green-lighted a proposal to ban “reparative” therapy, also known as gay “conversion” therapy for children under the age of 18. The bill, which passed 51-21 in the state’s assembly, requires Democratic Governor Jerry Brown’s signature before it can become law. Brown has not yet indicated whether he will support the measure, [...]

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Video: Bringing fresh, affordable produce to ‘food deserts’ in the Bronx

A look at NYC’s Green Cart program, bringing fresh produce to low-income neighborhoods.

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Is a beverage ban the answer?

Depending on whom you ask, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s controversial plan to limit the size of sugary beverages sold across the five boroughs is either a “significant move in addressing the health problems that are devastating the lives of thousands” or another example of the city’s “unhealthy obsession with attacking soft drinks.” [...]

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Video: Web exclusive: Watching a local shoreline slowly disappear

Palauan electrician Sisenio Hideo has watched the shoreline disappear over his lifetime.