Politics

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A Global Gathering Reveals the Untapped Potential of Mayors

A committed Global Parliament of Mayors could mean magic for cities and nations alike.

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California Throws Down New Regulations on Olive Oil Purity

By proving its product is the real deal, the state hopes to gain ground in the European-dominated market.

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What Lead Paint Has to Do With Climate Change

In the 1920s, the lead industry used tactics similar to ones the fossil-fuel industry now employs to convince the public their products were safe.

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Everything You Need to Know About the 2014 Bloomberg Mayor's Challenge Winners

Barcelona, Athens, Stockholm, Kirklees, and Warsaw won with high- and low-tech innovations that address pressing urban problems.

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Good News: The L.A. Unified School District Is Giving Up Its Grenade Launchers

The district received the weapons through the same program that gave military equipment to the St. Louis County PD.

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How an Oven Changed the Fate of a Neglected Toronto Park

Thorncliffe Park is now home to North America's first public tandoor oven, thanks to the efforts of local activists.

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Introducing 'City Makers: Global Stories'

Our new series about the people and ideas reshaping urban life all over the world, from the ground up.

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Yes or No? A Voter's Guide to Scottish Independence

A primer on the key issues Scots are weighing at the ballots today.

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Rob Ford Has Cancer

The controversial Toronto mayor will undergo chemotherapy for a "very rare" cancerous tumor.

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Wealthy L.A. Schools' Vaccination Rates Are as Low as South Sudan's

Hollywood parents say not vaccinating makes "instinctive" sense. Now their kids have whooping cough.

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The Scottish Independence Movement's Final Push Includes a Whole Lot of Chalk Art

The streets of Edinburgh were covered in "Yes" messages on Wednesday.

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What Happens to the Union Jack Flag If Scotland Leaves the United Kingdom?

Take a look at the many possible options—none of which are likely to stick.

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The Surprising Politics of Traffic Solutions

Democrats are much more optimistic than Republicans that every infrastructure investment can help ease congestion—even roads.

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California Just Banned Free Plastic Bags, but Hold the Rejoicing

For a paper bag to be better, you have to use it three times.

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Why Bike Lovers Should Be Happy About 'Bikelash'

Public hatred of biking culture is actually a natural part of its evolution into the mainstream.

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Rob Ford Drops Out of the Toronto Mayor's Race

His brother Doug Ford will run in his place.

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Scotland Wants Independence From London's Entitlement and Neglect

The upcoming vote on Scottish independence is about self-determination—and acknowledging that London only loves London.

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A Trove of Ancient Maps May Prove the Philippines' Territorial Claims Against China

A collection of maps, some nearly 1,000 years old, disputes China's claim over part of the South China Sea.

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Americans Love Local Government—They Just Don't Necessarily Want More of It

Survey respondents who reported the highest satisfaction with local government services weren't inclined to support spending more on it—especially among whites.

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Why Isn't Congress Throwing a Lifeline to Millions of Drowning Homeowners?

We need get the housing market back to normal as quickly as possible. So isn't reauthorizing the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act a no-brainer?