Politics

Texas Is Mad That Mexico Won't Share the Rio Grande's Water

Mexico owes the U.S. a lot of water—but that country is experiencing a major drought, too. 

Reno Won Tesla's Gigafactory. Was It Worth It?

It's the 10th largest incentive deal ever, with Nevada paying nearly $200,000 per job.

Not Everyone Can Afford the On-Campus College Experience

Living away from home for college offers lasting benefits. But that option is available to an increasingly privileged few.

See How Serious China Just Got About Global Warming in 7 Infographics

The world's biggest polluter will set up a carbon market by 2016. Here's why it matters.

Urban Farming Is Not Making San Francisco's Housing Crisis Worse

Community agriculture can improve vacant lots—and it won’t stop anyone from building housing.

Introducing the World's First National Digital Currency

Ecuador will begin distributing a yet-to-be-named digital currency in December. Will it wean the nation off the U.S. dollar?

Biking Toward Women's Rights in Afghanistan

Every day, the Women's National Cycling Team of Afghanistan faces ridicule and threats. And still they ride—with their eyes on the 2020 Olympics.

Universal Preschool Won't Help Americans Enter the Middle Class

Students need continued support outside the classroom through strong summer programs and after-school care.

Is Anyone Happy With Their Local Schools?

Hispanics largely are, but African Americans aren't, according to the State of the City Poll. 

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The Many Ways to Map the Islamic 'State'

Is ISIS carving out borders by controlling infrastructure? It depends on your definition of 'control.'

This Year, We'll See Big Differences in the Roles of Cops in U.S. Schools

As classes resume, school districts around the country try different approaches toward police on campus. 

Barcelona Organizes Against 'Binge Tourism'—and Eyes a Street Protester for Mayor

Neighborhood organizers in the city's Barceloneta neighborhood band together to demand a crackdown on an unruly tourism industry. Is this the beginning of a new civic revolution?

States With Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Overdose Deaths

A new study suggests that in states where it's legal, some people use pot to manage their chronic health conditions, rather than more addictive—and deadly—prescription opioids.

How Will We Slow the World's Exploding Population?

If we want to solve the population problem, we need to help moms and babies survive.

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Dispatches From Saturday's 'We Will Not Go Back' March in NYC

 At a peaceful protest in memory of Eric Garner and against police brutality, anger and hope rise up.

Overall, Americans in the Suburbs Are Still the Happiest

The first results of our State of the City Poll. 

The Idea Behind India's 'Rice Bucket Challenge'

Needs are different and water is too scarce to dump over your head—so the pay-it-forward donation trend gets a twist in India. 

How Ferguson Can Recover

Advice for a town torn asunder from mayors who have been there.

There Are Echoes of Ferguson in Detroit

A wealthy white suburb is building barricades to seal itself off from Detroit, but the divide is about more than physical barriers.