Politics

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No More Winter 'Dibs' on Parking Spots

In Boston's South End, a debate over post-snow parking rights shows that no one should "own" any part of public streets.

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In Germany, Renters' Rights Trump Guest Bathrooms

As the country follows France with hardline protections for lower-income renters, new laws prohibit some property upgrades. And for many Germans, that's just fine.  

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Why U.S. Egg Prices Have Nearly Doubled Since September

It seems that 2015 will be the year the U.S. egg industry gets scrambled.

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The Real Reason U.S. Gas Is So Cheap Is Americans Don't Pay the True Cost of Driving

A gas tax that fully corrected for the social impact of car reliance would upend life as we know it.

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Shanghai Residents Blame a Deadly New Year's Eve Stampede on a City Crowded With Migrants

Resentment against "outsiders" is surging in the city.

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How Argentina's 'Loony Radio' Is Changing Attitudes About Mental Health

Broadcast from inside a mental hospital, Buenos Aires' Radio La Colifata challenges preconceptions about mental illness.

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How Hard Will New Home-Loan Limits Hit Veterans?

Congress put a limit on a popular and successful VA home loan program. Here's what that means for military home-buyers.

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2014's Dumbest Local Ordinances

Put these laws on the wall of shame.

The Best Mayoral Photo Ops of the Year

Around the world, mayors are more powerful than ever. But they still have to pose for lots of weird pictures.

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In Beirut, Bringing Bribery Out Into the Open

A new crowd-sourcing platform gives Lebanese their first means of quantifying a scourge that's all around them.

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The NYC Police Union Has a Long History of Bullying City Hall

The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association have attacked and often slandered every recent mayor, even those who prided themselves on being crime fighters.

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The Unexpected U.S. Capital of Unintended Pregnancy

In Delaware, a surprisingly high number of women get pregnant by accident. Here's what it can teach the rest of the nation.

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The Remarkable Year in Protests

From Kiev to Ferguson, demonstrators took to the streets and made their voices heard in 2014.

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How Chinese Food on Christmas Became a Jewish-American Tradition

The circumstances that birthed Jewish Christmas are deeply historical, sociological, and religious. And nothing else was open on NYC's Lower East Side.

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Inside the High-Stakes Effort to Stop Murder in New Orleans

Three years ago, the violence-stricken city bet big on a data-focused approach funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. When will we know if it's working?

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14 Maps That Explain 2014

A cartographic tour through the year that was.

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A Bare-Bones Electric Motorcycle for Green Urban Riding

This ultralight bike is designed to cut pollution and slice through traffic jams.

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The Cops vs. the Mayor: Bill de Blasio's Big Headache

Can the liberal NYC mayor mend fences with increasingly hostile police leadership just as he needs the force to handle protests against bad policing?

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Paris Wants to Keep Central Neighborhoods From Becoming 'Ghettos for the Rich'

The French capital has announced a plan to stop housing displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods. It might be the most radical proposal Europe has seen.