Politics

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Obama’s Clean Power Plan Now Depends (Even More) On the Next President

The EPA can’t enforce the regulations until the Supreme Court weighs in, but states can still use them as guidance.

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Why Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Is the New Face of Suburbia

After a period of rapid diversification, the town outside the Twin Cities faces rising poverty and housing challenges.

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A Bold Transportation Plan for Urban America—Dead on Arrival

The DOT’s $98 billion 2017 budget has a lot to recommend it, and virtually no chance of approval.

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Masked Attackers Have Smashed Nearly 50 Cars in Berlin

They’re claiming the act as a protest against gentrification.

AP/Gerry Broome

North Carolina's Tainted 2016 Primary Election

A federal court has ruled the state’s racially gerrymandered congressional map unconstitutional. Whatever happens now, voters are likely to lose.

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The Long, Ugly History of the Politics of Lead Poisoning

Or, why the longest-lasting childhood epidemic in U.S. history wasn’t ever treated like one.

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To Fight Climate Change, We Need to Go Beyond Burying Fossil Fuels

The latest environmental rallying cry—“Keep It in the Ground”—will help stop pollution. But that policy’s effect on carbon emissions isn’t as clear.

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Rating Europe's Most and Least Happy Cities

Start packing your bags for Oslo.

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Can a Game Help Build Affordable Housing?

To break through gridlock on fair housing, officials in wealthy Westchester County, New York, try a new tactic.

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Mumbai's Massive Trash Fire Highlights Its Inequality

The city’s most privileged residents are largely shielded from the environmental hazards that plague those living on the outskirts.

Reuters/Carlos Barria

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.

AP/Ric Feld

More Research Shows Voter ID Laws Hurt Minorities

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

Reuters / Mike Blake

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.

AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

Trading Activism for City Hall: A Short History

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

AP Photo/Molly Riley

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.