Politics

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How Smog Is Putting a Damper on Chinese New Year

The festivities will be a bit quieter this year as cities put restrictions on the long-held tradition of setting off fireworks.

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More Research Shows Voter ID Laws Hurt Minorities

Black and Latino voters are “increasingly losing their place in the democratic process.”

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Obama Wants to Tax Oil Companies to Pay for Clean Transit

The proposed $10 per barrel fee would fund a massive overhaul of the country’s transportation system.

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Trading Activism for City Hall: A Short History

Baltimore's DeRay Mckesson joins a long line of African-American organizers wanting to become mayors.

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How Democracy Died in Flint

A congressional hearing on Wednesday revealed the toxic timeline of the city’s water crisis—and how democracy might be repaired.

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The Midwives of El Paso

For women at the border, where to give birth is a matter of enormous consequence. A birthing-center industry has flourished as a result.

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DeRay for Mayor?

A high-profile Black Lives Matter activist is taking his fight to the polls, joining the race to become the next leader of Baltimore.

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Rome's 'Rentopolis' Scandal: City-Owned Apartments for $1 a Year

An official investigation is asking why so many tenants are paying super low rents, but it seems like dysfunction and corruption on a grand scale.

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San Franciscans Protest the Super Bowl With a Homeless-Themed Tent City

The activists want officials to spend football funds on poverty instead.

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Beyond Flint: Should States Take Over in an Emergency?

Many cities can’t avoid interference, and state legislators like it that way.

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Flint Accelerates Plans to Replace All Lead Pipes

But it won’t be easy.

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Texas Refuses to Follow Fair Housing Rules

Despite a landmark Supreme Court decision, state leaders are still finding ways to oppose low-income housing.

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L.A.'s Slow-Moving Oil and Gas Disaster

In affluent Porter Ranch, the worst gas leak in U.S. history continues to pose health concerns. But in lower-income neighborhoods across Los Angeles, drilling has been making people sick for years.

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Many Paris Landlords Are Ignoring New Rent-Control Laws

Rents across the city are going down, but not everyone is complying.

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Berlin's New Rent-Control Law Probably Isn't Working After All

Rents fell for a while but now they’re up again. A new report examines why.

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Virginia's New Concealed-Carry Gun Restrictions Lasted Just One Month

The state stopped honoring permits obtained in states with weaker gun laws, but not for very long.

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A 'Night Mayor' Is Transforming Amsterdam After Dark

The Dutch capital’s concept is already spreading to other major cities.

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In Georgia and Louisiana, Confederate Defenders Fight to Keep Their Monuments

One state legislator says the Ku Klux Klan helped people “straighten up.”

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São Paulo Offers the Best Plan Yet for Dealing With Uber

Call it congestion pricing for taxi cabs.