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There's One Rainbow Flag the Kremlin Hasn't Banned

The flag of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast wasn't deemed "gay propaganda."

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Why Rebuilding After Disasters Is Largely a Legal Challenge

Without addressing the complexities of local law, even the most resilient designs risk lingering on computer screens and drawing boards without implementation.

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Study: Almost Half of Public School Students Are Now Low-Income

A new study reminds us that poverty is the giant backpack dragging down American students.

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Why Energy Boomtowns Are a Nightmare for Law Enforcement

Officers explain in their own words what happens when city services can't keep up with a population explosion. 

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Cory Booker Is a Senator-Elect—What Kind of Senator Will He Be?

As expected, he won a New Jersey special election Wednesday night, but the path ahead is far from clear for Washington's newest political celebrity.

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And There Was Joy in Washington

Scenes from a city reopened.

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What the Shutdown Revealed About the Economic Divides in U.S. Politics

Tea Party America doesn't look much like the base of the big-business Republican Party.

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The Politics of Fear Surfaces in New York Mayor's Race

Joe Lhota's "white woman clutching a subway pole with a black man in the background" moment.

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Could Stiffer Penalties for Illegally Carrying a Gun Reduce Violence in Chicago?

Experts are divided over a law currently being considered by the Illinois State Legislature. 

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How to Feed the World Without Wrecking the Planet

Farmers today produce 145 percent more food than just a few decades ago, but they're also responsible for a third of greenhouse gases.

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The Ukrainian Army Just Got a Little Less Soviet

It will call its last conscript this week, a tradition left over from the USSR.

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Despite Successes in Colorado and Washington, Marijuana Advocates Still See Cities As Their Best Bet

The working theory: If big, liberal cities won't liberalize their marijuana laws, statewide initiatives are bound to fail. 

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How Gentrification Is Reshaping Oakland's Schools

The city's incoming middle- and upper-class families are rallying around public schools.

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The Neverending Evolution of 'Quality of Life' Rankings

Society has been quantifying the "best" places to live for a long time, but the things we care most about are never fixed.

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Welcome to Madrid! Here's a Long List of Things You're Not Allowed to Do

Spain's capital is banning everything from dangerous rollerblading to jumping in a fountain.

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Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges

He won't face any jail time though.

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Catholics in Germany Aren't Happy With This Bishop's $42 Million Residence

The bathtub alone cost $20,000. 

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Why Residents of Disaster-Prone Areas Don't Move

A few ideas for how to ensure more resilient communities.

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Why Kwame Kilpatrick Should Not Serve 28 Years in Prison

It's a waste of space and money to imprison the former Detroit mayor for that long when he's unlikely to commit his crimes again.