Politics

Food Stamps Are About to Get Cut by $5 Billion

Stimulus spending that boosted benefits runs out on November 1.

The Spike of Cop Killings in 2011 Was Thankfully Just a Spike

Despite concerns over an uptick, both felonious and accidental killings of police officers fell substantially in 2012.

Why the Tiananmen Square Crash Is So Unnerving

China's largest public urban space is more than just the site of the famous student protests. It's a symbol of the country—and the country's power.

The Remarkable Global Diversity of the NBA

A team-by-team look at how professional basketball has become more than just an American sport.

Videos

Rob Ford's Office Is Now a Haunted House

The Toronto mayor is really into Halloween.

How Local Governments Hinder Our Response to Natural Disasters

Hurricane Sandy didn't respect jurisdictional boundaries, and it challenged us to coordinate disaster response on a regional scale.

Is a Pet Dog Really Killed by a Police Officer Every 98 Minutes?

A new documentary promises to shed light on the size and scope of America's under-covered "puppycide" epidemic.

The Embarrassing Truth About How We Talk About Small-Town America

What aren't we saying when we sum up small towns as close-knit and quaint?

American Education Isn't Mediocre, It's Deeply Unequal

Students in Massachusetts are doing great while their peers in Alabama and D.C. are languishing.

Instead of Raises, McDonald's Tells Workers to Sign Up for Food Stamps

Not paying your workers enough, then directing them to federal aid? Just one way the fast food giant inflates its hefty profits.

Is Zurich's Drive-In Prostitution Facility a Flop?

The city's innovative approach to keeping women safe may have actually had the opposite effect.

Beware of the U.S. Charter School Doom Loop

For districts in America's less affluent Northeastern cities, school choice has been a costly experiment.

How Much Does a Public Defender Need to Know About a Client?

As a recent New Jersey ruling shows, the justice system still doesn't grasp the importance of fair counsel.

Why America's Carbon Emissions Are Dropping

Amazingly, half the cuts came from reductions in household energy use.

Maps

The U.S. Metros With the Most Political Influence

In 2012, just 10 counties - out of 3,000 - were responsible for 30 percent of contributions made by individuals to national candidates.

White Collar Criminals Don't Appear to Do Worse Behind Bars Than Any Other Type of Prisoner

A new study challenges what criminologists call the "special sensitivity hypothesis" of white collar offenders.

Can Medical Marijuana and Recreational Marijuana Coexist?

Washington state moves to reform its medical marijuana system. 

Americans Vastly Overestimate How Diverse the Country Really Is

Which may help explain how they feel about demographic change.

Bloomberg's Education Plan Is Working: Don't Ditch It

Since the mayor took office, high-school graduation rates are up. There are more quality schools. Money is distributed more equitably.