Politics

You Are Subsidizing a Fancy Beach House That'll Be Destroyed in a Flood

Hundreds of property owners have successfully lobbied to pay less in insurance premiums. But they'll receive the same payout if disaster strikes.

Portugal's Bid to Fight Tax Evasion With Free Cars

The country is launching a lottery that recipients can enter every time they make a purchase.

De Blasio's Decision to Keep New York Schools Open Demeans Teachers

The mayor's failure to declare snow days puts outsized pressure on educators and their students.

Bill de Blasio and the NYPD Are Off to a Rocky Start

A harbinger of things to come? 

San Diego's Mayoral Race Tells Us Nothing About 2014

Some people say that a Republican beating an Obama-endorsed Democrat foreshadows bad news for the DNC. They are wrong.

Do the Winter Olympics Have a Future in a Warming World?

 Russia's balmy weather could be a sign of things to come, a new study says. We're running out of places cold enough to host the Games.

Why Gayborhoods Matter

We're still limited in our ability to track the U.S. LGBT population, but there does appear to be a connection between gay neighborhoods and some of the markers of gentrification.

Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Found Guilty of 20 Charges of Corruption

Including conspiracy, bribery charges, wire fraud, and money laundering.

Keeping School Open During a Snow Storm Is a Bad Idea

Kids stay home anyway, which means they fall behind in their lessons.

Policemen Who Shoot Dogs

A journalist is tracking incidents of gratuitous pet deaths around the country.

Amid Brazil's Stadium Boom, a Massive Water Infrastructure Project Drags On

The diversion plan has doubled in cost and remains years away from completion.

Atlanta Claims That It's Ready for Snow This Time

We'll see how it goes.

CityFixer

How a Low-Crime City Became the New Center of America's Gun Debate

Sunnyvale doesn't have much of a gun violence problem. But the NRA is worried anyway.

The Global Map of Homophobia

As eyes turn to Sochi, a look at the countries where it's worst (and best) to be gay.

Paris's Abandoned Métro Stations, Reimagined as Theaters and Pools

Ideas for putting the city's "ghost stations" to good use. 

Here Come the Cossacks

Russia's unarmed, heavily costumed guards may look intimidating, but their actual power is pretty limited.

Police Officers Who Shot at Two Innocent Women 103 Times Won't Be Fired

They'll just get some additional training.

Finally, Vancouver Gets a Lebowski-Themed 'Dude Chilling Park'

Although technically, it should be the "Dude Abiding Park."

How Much Power Do Cities Really Have to Combat Climate Change?

A global survey.