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EMAILS TO WRITE TO:  charlie.shorter@davisbrodyaedas.com; croman@cityhall.nyc.gov; dimartino@att.net;  DRHMORALES@msn.com; ffostertolbert@gmail.com; joe@lhota.net; judah.gribetz@bingham.com;  kathleen.pesile@mail.cuny.edu; kaympesile@aol.com; peter.pantaleo@dlapiper.com;  philip@philipberryassociates.com; provost.cory@gmail.com; sam.sutton@aeny.com;  Sandi.Cooper@csi.cuny.edu; vlancaster@mrbeal.com; wellingtonchen@yahoo.com;  wellingtonzchen@gmail.com; wiesenfeldjs@bernstein.com; Jay.Hershenson@mail.cuny.edu  Articles  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/05/nyregion/cuny‐blocks‐honor‐for‐tony‐kushner.html?_r=1  http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/05/04/tony_kushner_cuny_israel/index.html  http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/05/05/cuny_board_blocks_john_jay_college_from_awardi ng_honorary_doctorate_to_tony_kushner#Comments  http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/new_york/cuny_board_nixes_honorary_degree_playwright_ton y_kushner  JOBS  LBN: The number of Americans filing for jobless aid rose to an eight‐month high last week and  productivity growth slowed in the first quarter, clouding the outlook for an economy that is struggling to  gain speed. While the surprise jump in initial claims for unemployment benefits was attributed to factors  ranging from spring break layoffs to the introduction of an emergency benefits program, economists  said it corroborated reports this week indicating a loss of momentum in job creation.  Austerity push hurting president’s electoral coalition.   National Journal’s Ron Brownstein: “…many liberal strategists fear that Obama could win this battle and  lose the war in 2012. These critics argue that the tactical benefits of embracing greater deficit reduction  come at a high cost … ‘You are really conceding whatever the growth we have is the growth you are  going to run with—and maybe even a little less, because you are going to start cutting spending,’ says  veteran liberal activist Robert Borosage, codirector of the Campaign for America’s Future … that means  Obama is consigning himself to relatively high levels of unemployment in 2012. The risk is especially  great among the groups that Obama most needs to mobilize. In the latest federal figures,  unemployment stood at 15.5 percent among African–Americans, 13.4 percent among young people, and  11.9 percent among Latinos.”  FRIDAY: JOB FIGURES:   WP: The nation added 244,000 jobs during April, the third straight month of hiring gains, the Labor  Department reported Friday. The U.S. unemployment rate ticked up to nine percent. 

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