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How Republicans Killed America's High-Speed Rail Plan

A new report suggests that governors may have passed on the trains so Obama wouldn't "win."

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Scenes From the 1755 Earthquake That Turned Lisbon to Ruins

Tsunamis and tremors reached multiple continents; Portugal's biggest city was thrown into chaos.

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How a Judge's Media Interviews Were Used to Block Stop and Frisk Reform

The fate of the controversial policy now rests with New York's next mayor. 

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The Radical Case for Bloomberg's 'Nanny' State

Is government intrusion into what we eat, drink, and smoke the future of public health?

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Toronto Police Announce They Have the Infamous Rob Ford Crack Video

"I'm disappointed," says Toronto Police Chief William Blair.

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Paris by Wheelchair: A Seemingly Impossible Challenge

France is supposed to be implementing a sweeping law similar to the Americans with Disability Act, and the capital is utterly unprepared.

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Today, New York City May Raise the Age to Buy Cigarettes to 21

The last gasps of Bloomberg's nanny state?

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When Outsiders Take Over Schools: Lessons From Memphis

Tennessee's new Achievement District gives control of some public schools over to charter networks, with mixed results.

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When an Olympic City Becomes a War Zone

Sarajevo's 1984 facilities became battlegrounds of the Bosnian War. Though scars remain, some are showing new signs of life.

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Food Stamps Are About to Get Cut by $5 Billion

Stimulus spending that boosted benefits runs out on November 1.

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The Spike of Cop Killings in 2011 Was Thankfully Just a Spike

Despite concerns over an uptick, both felonious and accidental killings of police officers fell substantially in 2012.

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Why the Tiananmen Square Crash Is So Unnerving

China's largest public urban space is more than just the site of the famous student protests. It's a symbol of the country—and the country's power.

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The Remarkable Global Diversity of the NBA

A team-by-team look at how professional basketball has become more than just an American sport.

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Rob Ford's Office Is Now a Haunted House

The Toronto mayor is really into Halloween.

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How Local Governments Hinder Our Response to Natural Disasters

Hurricane Sandy didn't respect jurisdictional boundaries, and it challenged us to coordinate disaster response on a regional scale.

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Is a Pet Dog Really Killed by a Police Officer Every 98 Minutes?

A new documentary promises to shed light on the size and scope of America's under-covered "puppycide" epidemic.

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The Embarrassing Truth About How We Talk About Small-Town America

What aren't we saying when we sum up small towns as close-knit and quaint?

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American Education Isn't Mediocre, It's Deeply Unequal

Students in Massachusetts are doing great while their peers in Alabama and D.C. are languishing.

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Instead of Raises, McDonald's Tells Workers to Sign Up for Food Stamps

Not paying your workers enough, then directing them to federal aid? Just one way the fast food giant inflates its hefty profits.