Christopher D. Cook
Senator Barack Obama
This is American democracy's stress test. We have only limited time to pass it.
Unless the mainstream offers something better, he will be the voice of economic nationalism.
Republicans on and off the bench are moving to kill unions. But millennials—the most pro-union generation since the 1930s—may yet find a way to organize.
As local newspapers shrink and many of the national media close local bureaus, we depend increasingly on coverage by reporters who parachute into communities. But even the best are likely to be a step behind events.
Madeline Janis, who pioneered local hiring agreements, is now enlisting cities to have railcars and buses made in America—by union workers.