Politics

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Chicago's Petcoke Woes Are Far From Over

Mayor Rahm Emanuel banned new or expanded refineries that produce the stuff, but the Southeast side is still dealing with what's already there. 

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Why Julián Castro's Record as Mayor of San Antonio Doesn't Necessarily Tell Us Much About His Future at HUD

Unlike the strong-mayor governments of Chicago or New York, San Antonio's government is led by a city manager. 

Mark Byrnes

U.S. Spending on Social Welfare Programs Is Way Up, But Far Less Of It Goes to the Poorest

Four decades of federal spending priorities, in charts. 

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Beijing Just Handed Out the City's Largest-Ever Fine for Air Pollution—to a U.S. Joint Venture

A mid-sized boiler maker, not the city's many coal-fired power plants, was fined 300,000 yuans—the biggest fine to date.

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The Geography of the Anti-Agenda 21 Movement

A look at the legislation that's undermining sustainable planning across the U.S.

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Americans Are Going to Juarez for Cheap Dental Care

Jessica Nitardy, a Mexican dentist, says the majority of her clients are Americans who can't afford treatment in the U.S.

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Germany's Nightclubs Get Called Out for Racism

Munich's bouncers are allegedly turning away people of color without reason. Can a handful of lawsuits make that stop?

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Rob Ford Caught Allegedly Smoking Crack on Video Again, 'Taking a Break'

In a statement, the mayor said he'll be taking a "leave" from his campaign and official duties, but has no plans to step down.

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Randal Olson

The 5 U.S. Counties Where Racial Diversity Is Highest—and Lowest

Why are Alaska's Aleutian Islands so ethnically mixed? And other questions from a new map of U.S. populations.

NASA/GSFC/Kimberly Casey

The Year Climate Change Closed Everest

As the world heats up, the Himalayas are becoming more volatile.

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The Melting Polar Icecap Is Creating Waves the Size of Houses

Yet another side effect of climate change.

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European and American Mayors Worry About Very Different Things

In the U.S., cities prioritize efficiency and customer service. Across the Atlantic, the focus is on unemployment and energy waste.

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In Israel, Turning Bomb Shelters Into Art

Sderot has about 200 shelters. A city initiative tries to turn them into something less foreboding.

Minneapolis Changes Columbus Day to 'Indigenous Peoples Day'

It seems safe to say that this will ultimately be seen as an indictment of the historical record in quarters both left and right.

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The Where and How of Soccer's Surge in America

What kinds of cities best support the MLS?

LADOT/Jim Simmons

How L.A. Designed Simple Kits That Let You 'Make-Your-Own' Park

The People St program helps novices create a parklet, plaza, or bike parking area.

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Urban Foodies and Libertarians Join Forces to Set Raw Milk Free

It's the rare bipartisan issue.

Conor Christofferson

Dear Seattle, Careful You Don't End Up Like Us. Love, Amsterdam

Retail cannabis stores are getting ready to open in Washington state. But at the same time in the Netherlands, decades of permissive pot policies are being eroded. 

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Citing Safety Concerns, Nepal's Sherpas Cancel the 2014 Climbing Season

The decision comes after 16 of their colleagues were killed in an avalanche.