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July 3, 2011

And then Came the Floods

Sure, it’s a vivid snapshot of the havoc wreaked by the Midwest’s disastrous floods. Perhaps even more so, though, it reflects the American working class underwater.

(photo: Nati Harnik / AP caption:A figure of a worker, part of the Monument to Labor statue by Matthew Placzek, juts out of the rising waters of the Missouri River at Omaha’s Lewis & Clark Landing in Omaha, Neb., on June 26. The Missouri River, swollen by heavy rains and melting snow, has been flooding areas from Montana through Missouri.)

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