Politics

The Ukrainian Army Just Got a Little Less Soviet

It will call its last conscript this week, a tradition left over from the USSR.

Despite Successes in Colorado and Washington, Marijuana Advocates Still See Cities As Their Best Bet

The working theory: If big, liberal cities won't liberalize their marijuana laws, statewide initiatives are bound to fail. 

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How Gentrification Is Reshaping Oakland's Schools

The city's incoming middle- and upper-class families are rallying around public schools.

The Neverending Evolution of 'Quality of Life' Rankings

Society has been quantifying the "best" places to live for a long time, but the things we care most about are never fixed.

Welcome to Madrid! Here's a Long List of Things You're Not Allowed to Do

Spain's capital is banning everything from dangerous rollerblading to jumping in a fountain.

Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges

He won't face any jail time though.

Catholics in Germany Aren't Happy With This Bishop's $42 Million Residence

The bathtub alone cost $20,000. 

Why Residents of Disaster-Prone Areas Don't Move

A few ideas for how to ensure more resilient communities.

Why Kwame Kilpatrick Should Not Serve 28 Years in Prison

It's a waste of space and money to imprison the former Detroit mayor for that long when he's unlikely to commit his crimes again.

How the National Parks Became the Shutdown's Biggest Battleground

What was different, and what was similar, in 1995 and 1996.

How Not To Protest the Government

A very weird plan to send Washington a message by disrupting D.C.'s commuters.

Cyclone Phailin Is Barreling Towards One of India's Most Volatile Areas

The storm is already about half the size of India.

Videos

Watch This NYPD Officer Explain Why He Lost Faith in Stop and Frisk

"If you get violated by a cop, how are you gonna trust that cop?" 

Kwame Kilpatrick Has Been Sentenced to a Whopping 28 Years in Prison

The former Detroit mayor's sentence dwarfs those handed out in other high-profile political corruption cases in recent years.

25 Years Later, Poland Is Still Trying to Rid Itself of Communist Street Names

Scores of places still bear the hallmarks of the country's brutal past.

Get Ready for Record Temperatures ... for the Rest of Your Life

In 35 years, U.S. cities consistently will be hotter than their hottest year on record.

So Far This Year, L.A. County Sheriff's Dogs Have Only Bitten People of Color

A new report finds the L.A. County Sheriff's Department needs to reform its canine unit. 

A Terrible Idea to Create Two 'Tiers' of Voting in Local and National Elections

The latest in creative tactics to deter voters from the polls.

In Azerbaijan, Officials Will Collect Your Ballot From You at Home

It's election day in the former Soviet Republic.