Politics

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Tokyo's Carbon Market for Office Buildings Is All 'Cap' and Not Much 'Trade'

The success of the world's first city-level carbon-trading system hasn't had much to do with emissions trading.

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Near Fukushima, a Generation of Kids Who Don't Play Outside

The fear of cancer from radiation exposure has led to a new set of problems for young families.

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The Real Reason New York Police Unions Are Waffling on Stop-and-Frisk

And why they're not likely to get everything they want. 

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When Mayors Go Hyper-Local: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A round-up of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

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Rio's Smelly Carnival

Sanitation workers went on strike during the big event, leaving the streets covered in trash.

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Scenes From Crimea

What everyday life is like in Simferopol, Crimea's divided capital.

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No One Is Happier About Berlin Being 'Over' Than Berlin

North American media have proclaimed the city is no longer the apogee of cool, and that's just fine.

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China's 'War on Pollution' May End Up Accelerating Climate Change

The country has vowed to give up coal. But what will come next?

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Disarmed: How Cities Are Losing the Power to Regulate Guns

A growing number of states bar municipalities—often the sites of the worst gun violence—from passing their own firearm laws, laying bare an urban-rural divide.

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A Compelling New Documentary Series About Today's Chicago

CNN's Chicagoland manages to capture the drama of running a city.

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Mississippi College Towns Are Leading the Fight for Gay Rights

Even as the state considers discriminatory legislation, places like Starkville and Oxford are passing "inclusivity resolutions."

Los Angeles City Council Approves E-Cig Ban

In public, at least.

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D.C. Council Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana. What Happens Next?

How do you legalize drugs in the nation's capital?

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The Aftermath of a Train Station Terror Attack in China

Officials say a separatist group is responsible for a knife attack Saturday that killed 29 and injured 130. 

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Why the Mayor of Copenhagen Wants to Get Into the Marijuana Business

He sees it as the only way for the Danish capital to get a grip on its huge Cannabis trade.

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Democrats Can't Agree on How Much They Want to Raise the Minimum Wage

Not everyone agrees that $10.10 is the goal.

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Why Americans Are So Polarized: Education and Evolution

Improvements in learning and the tendency to choose like-minded mates may be helping to create divided politics.

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How Worried Should We Be About Minors and Legal Pot?

In states with newly relaxed marijuana laws, it's difficult to see teen use not going up at least a little bit.

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A Study Claims Global Warming Could Cause 180,000 More Rapes by 2099

Controversial new research predicts that over the coming century, rising temperatures will result in more violent crime.