Politics

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How the Fracking Boom Could Lead to a Housing Bust

People looking to purchase a home anywhere with drilling need to do their homework before buying.

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Mark Byrnes

A Visitor's Guide to Florida's Most Notorious Law Enforcement Agencies

Seven police and sheriff's departments that have proven they won't hesitate to wreck your life. 

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Chattanooga, America's Next High-Tech Hub?

Tennessee was once the worst state in the country for new business creation. How one Southern city is trying to change that.

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The 'Two Bloombergs' of New York's Three-Term Mayor

The very things that made Bloomberg's tenure so transformative also helped to hurt the city.

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California's Unusual Plan to Cut Greenhouse Gases

The state is relying on cities to figure out how to cut emissions in their region. Will it work?

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Philly's Schools Are So Broke They're Borrowing Cash to Start the School Year

Parents call it "the deliberate starvation of one of the nation’s biggest school districts."

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So Pitbull Wants to Make Charter Schools 'Cool' and 'Sexy'

Is this good for America?

Mark Byrnes

One Swiss Town's Disturbing Apartheid Policy for Asylum Seekers

Bremgarten has banned refugees from 32 public spaces, including churches, sports facilities, even swimming pools.

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Here Are All the Different Ways People Die Behind Bars

Murder is not nearly as prevalent as you might think. 

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Idea of the Day: A Twitter Account To Shame Bike Thieves

The San Francisco police are taking their anti-bike-theft efforts to social media.

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Meet the Conservative Texas Sheriff Who Refuses to Put Potheads in Jail

Sheriff Arvin West doesn't have time for dumb marijuana laws. 

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Why Is Inequality So Much Higher in the U.S. Than in France?

Blame Wall Street.

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The Prisoner Suicide Puzzle

The D.C. Jail has seen a rash of suicide deaths in the last six months. Will their latest efforts make an impact?

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How Do You Solve a Problem Like Bob Filner?

What the San Diego mayoral scandal says about the challenge of stopping a politician harassing women who don't work for him and don't know where to report him.

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We Need to Rethink Our Definition of a 'Sustainable City'

The smart growth agenda fails to account for lessons learned about green infrastructure, moderate density, and gentrification.

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NYC Election Atlas

Proof That Lots of New Yorkers Once Actually Liked Anthony Weiner

And other patterns from a new Election Atlas of New York voting results.

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Why Blackouts Are More Common Than Ever, in 2 Charts

Ten years after the 2003 meltdown, weather-related outages are on the rise.

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Life in 1962 Berlin, One Year After the Wall Was Built

The Wall chronicles life in East Berlin and the many, desperate escape attempts.

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The Most Damning Passages in the New York Stop and Frisk Ruling

The numbers are bad. But these recorded quotes from department leaders really get at the heart of the problem.