Politics

Reuters

In the Government Shutdown, Mayors See a Moment to Shine

Washington's dysfunction gives them a chance to talk up their operational prowess.

REUTERS

The Incredible Rise of Stop and Frisk, in One Chart

In New York, stop and frisk grew from 97,296 stops in 2002 to 685,724 in 2011.

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U.S. Women Are Dying Younger Than Their Mothers, and No One Knows Why

Medical advances have prolonged life expectancy, but women in parts of the country have been left behind.

Reuters

Almost All of the Shrimp Americans Eat Is Now Going Uninspected

Thanks, government shutdown.

People in Seattle Are Outraged By This $2,000 'Homelessness Tour'

One local homeless man wants to show you how the homeless really live in his city. And he insists it isn't exploitative.

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.

Reuters

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.

Reuters

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.

REUTERS

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.

Videos

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.