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Marc H. Morial, former mayor of New Orleans, is president and CEO of the National Urban League.
Marc H. Morial, former mayor of New Orleans, is president and CEO of the National Urban League. (Courtesy Photo)
To Be Equal
Originally published April 16, 2014

"Affluent Americans would do quite well. But for tens of millions of others, the Ryan plan is a path to more adversity."   Robert Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Prioritiesmore More Arrow

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