Politics

D.C. Council Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana. What Happens Next?

How do you legalize drugs in the nation's capital?

The Aftermath of a Train Station Terror Attack in China

Officials say a separatist group is responsible for a knife attack Saturday that killed 29 and injured 130. 

Why the Mayor of Copenhagen Wants to Get Into the Marijuana Business

He sees it as the only way for the Danish capital to get a grip on its huge Cannabis trade.

Democrats Can't Agree on How Much They Want to Raise the Minimum Wage

Not everyone agrees that $10.10 is the goal.

Why Americans Are So Polarized: Education and Evolution

Improvements in learning and the tendency to choose like-minded mates may be helping to create divided politics.

How Worried Should We Be About Minors and Legal Pot?

In states with newly relaxed marijuana laws, it's difficult to see teen use not going up at least a little bit.

A Study Claims Global Warming Could Cause 180,000 More Rapes by 2099

Controversial new research predicts that over the coming century, rising temperatures will result in more violent crime.

The Boston Marathon's New Security Rules Warn Away Would-be Race Crashers

Anyone caught sneaking past the starting line or onto the path mid-race will be in trouble.

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The Detroit Mayor's Plan to Reinvent the City

Mike Duggan took over the reins at a time of crisis. Can he deliver change?

Sochi's Sobering Day After: Now What?

There's a broad consensus the city faces an unusually painful reckoning.

Inside the Once Secret 'Palace' of Viktor Yanukovich

With Ukraine's fugitive president on the run, visitors treated themselves to a tour of his massive personal estate.

An Oil Spill Has Shut Down the Port of New Orleans

At least 26 vessels got caught in the "traffic jam."

The LAPD Made a Meaningful Change to the Rules Governing Deadly Force

A subtle, but crucial policy tweak recognizes the importance of officer behavior pre-shooting. 

Why Black Democratic Mayors and GOP Governors Are BFFs

The alliance between Georgia's Nathan Deal and Atlanta's Kasim Reed makes more sense than it might appear.

Having a Gun in the House Doesn't Make a Woman Safer

In cases where self-defense matters most, women tend to find their weapons turned against them.

A Dictator's Guide to Urban Design

Ukraine's Independence Square, and the revolutionary dimensions of public spaces.

In Paris, Every Mayoral Candidate Has an Extravagant Plan to Revamp the City

Swimming pools in the Seine, restaurants in old metro stations, and more.

What the Most Violent Nations in the World Have in Common

High rates of intentional violence are strongly associated with inequality, both in terms of class and gender.

The Complicated Relationship Between Cities and Suicide

Living in an urban area might mitigate the effects of loneliness, a new analysis suggests.