Politics

Marijuana Policy Project

Despite Complaints, Marijuana Legalization Ads Will Stay on City Buses and Bus Stops in Portland, Maine

The city says the ads are covered under the First Amendment.

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The Shame of Not Letting Felons Vote

5.85 million Americans can't vote because of their criminal history, putting the U.S. at odds with countries throughout the developed world.

Major Storms Are Forming, and America's Meteorologists Are Stuck at Home

The combination of hobbled government and natural disaster is increasing the risk to Americans.

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Proof the Voting Rights Act Has Helped Boost Black Political Representation

And that its impact has continued to this day.

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How Europe's Financial Crisis Is Slowing Down Detroit's Bankruptcy

A reminder that the consequences of globalization are far-reaching and unexpected.

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A Fatal Police Shooting at the U.S. Capitol

The Capitol complex was briefly on lockdown following the incident Thursday afternoon.

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Inside the 'Container City' Filled With Syrian Refugees

The Turkish border is teeming with migrants, many of whom have nowhere to live and nowhere else to go.

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What Would You Ask If You Could Ask a Mayor Anything?

We're getting ready to interview a group of mayors from around the world. But we need your help!

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How L.A.'s New Valet Parking Law Punishes Low-Skill Workers

Why should you need to pay a fee before you're allowed to park a car? 

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What Happens When the Government Shuts Down 94 Percent of the EPA

Superfund clean-ups are halted, and that's just the start.

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The Really Big Fight Over Urban Farming Is Playing Out in Small Towns

San Francisco and Austin may have figured this out, but places like Muskegon, Michigan, are a better reflection of the obstacles ahead.

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How Social Networks Explain Violence in Chicago

In a new video, a Yale sociologist shows how relationships spread risk.

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Illegal Drugs Are Cheaper and More Pure Than Ever

Billions in drug control spending hasn't staunched supply. 

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From Fort Sumter to Ellis Island, a Photo Tour of America's Closed National Monuments

From Fort Sumter to Ellis Island, photos are pouring in of America's shuttered national monuments.

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There's an Obvious Way to Make Community Colleges Better: Let's Rank Them

A relatively pain-free way to make these schools accountable to their students.

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The Baltimore Police Department Is Having Its Own Stop-and-Frisk Scandal

New York's not the only city with a stop-and-frisk program, or a stop-and-frisk problem.

James West

'Where One Coal Power Plant Stops, Another Begins'

A train tour through China's coal country, where every bit of the shadowy landscape has been pressed into the service of power generation.

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Enough Already With the Food Stamp Surfer

And the whole concept of legislating by ridiculous anecdote.

Conor Sen

'If You Live Near Other People, You're Probably a Democrat. If Your Neighbors Are Distant, Republican'

The latest evidence of the political influence of density.