Politics

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Why Big Cities Make Media Liberal

And why the Koch Brothers can't do anything about it, even if they buy up the Tribune papers.

How Sprawl Made This Week's Devastating Midwestern Floods Worse

Spread-out development contributes more rooftops and pavement to the watershed than walkable neighborhoods.

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In Bangladesh, a Frantic Search for Survivors After a Factory Collapse

At least 70 garment workers have died and scores more were injured when an 8-story building fell down Wednesday morning.

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How Toronto's Muslim Community Helped Catch the Would-Be Train Bombers

Religious groups can be capable -- and sometimes incredibly deft -- at policing extremists within their own ranks.

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Beijing Residents Can't Escape Dismal Air Pollution

Wildly fluctuating urban air pollution is prompting some residents to seek homes elsewhere. But most Chinese cities suffer similar problems.

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Everything You Need to Know About Why Chicago Is Furious With Rachel Shteir and The New York Times

An old-fashioned battle over civic character.

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New York's Mayoral Hopefuls Highlight Their Green Bonafides

At a forum last night, 8 of the city's 9 candidates tried to sell the crowd on their passion for sustainability (even biking!).

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Manhunts Are the New Car Chases

Urban manhunts have captivated cities and provided fodder for a frenzied 24-hour media. But at what cost?

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Are 'Lockdowns' the New Standard?

There's a lot we still need to know about the strategic decisions that led authorities to shut down Boston for a manhunt.

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The Psychology of a Citywide Lockdown

People around Boston didn't stay inside Friday because the city forced them to. And this distinction matters.

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How Much Will the Boston Lockdown Cost?

The estimates at this early stage vary widely.

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Boston Is One of the Best Prepared U.S. Cities to Handle a Crisis

The city conducted vivid, citywide disaster simulations in 2011 and 2012.

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Cambridge, Mass.: A Refugee Magnet

29 percent of the city's population is foreign born.

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The Geography of the Boston Marathon Manhunt

Much of last night's action took place in Cambridge and Watertown, a western suburb of Boston.

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It's Almost Impossible to Put an Entire U.S. Metro Area on Lockdown

Boston area residents and business owners are being asked to "shelter in place" during this morning's manhunt. But what does that look like?

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Boston, Suburbs on Lockdown; a 'Terrifying Scene'

All transit has been suspended; residents urged to remain in their homes. Police are conducting a door-to-door manhunt for second bombing suspect.

A New Interactive Graphic Maps Segregation in 268 Different Metros

See how your city's black-white segregation levels have changed between 1970 and 2010.

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3 Reasons to Keep Amtrak's Long-Distance Trains Running

Even though they lose about a half a billion dollars a year.

The Newest Federal Budget Proposals Cut Infrastructure Spending to the Bone

Both President Obama and Rep. Paul Ryan propose cutting non-defense discretionary spending to a historic low.