Politics

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.

Detroit is Paying $600 an Hour to the Guy Appointed to Oversee Insane Bankruptcy Expenses

The high cost of going broke.

Rob Ford Screams 'Subways!' Instead of Talking About Drugs

A reporter compared his outburst to a cackle from the Joker.

Bill de Blasio Pitches Himself as the Next 'World Leader' Mayor of New York

The Democratic hopeful has kept his distance from some of Bloomberg's policies but seems eager to embrace the current mayor's worldly outlook.

Why It's Easier to Sympathize With Boston's Police Chief than New York's

A few months after the marathon bombing, Ed Davis talks about civil liberties with more nuance than Ray Kelly.

How Oakland Escaped San Francisco's Shadow

Democratic Mayor Jean Quan explains why the city is another Brooklyn—and the violent Occupy protests are just a blip.

D.C.'s Mayor Says City Is on the Verge of a Crisis Due to Shutdown

Vincent Gray is demanding a meeting with President Obama and Congress. 

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A New Type of Growing City

"This is where the talent wants to live."

Al Gore: The Media Is 'Frightened to Death' of Talking About Climate Change

So let's talk.

The Plain Math of Disaster Preparedness: 'Every Dollar We Spent Saved 5 Dollars in Future Losses'

Lessons from the Great Flood of 1993.

In the Government Shutdown, Mayors See a Moment to Shine

Washington's dysfunction gives them a chance to talk up their operational prowess.

The Incredible Rise of Stop and Frisk, in One Chart

In New York, stop and frisk grew from 97,296 stops in 2002 to 685,724 in 2011.

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U.S. Women Are Dying Younger Than Their Mothers, and No One Knows Why

Medical advances have prolonged life expectancy, but women in parts of the country have been left behind.

Almost All of the Shrimp Americans Eat Is Now Going Uninspected

Thanks, government shutdown.

People in Seattle Are Outraged By This $2,000 'Homelessness Tour'

One local homeless man wants to show you how the homeless really live in his city. And he insists it isn't exploitative.

Despite Complaints, Marijuana Legalization Ads Will Stay on City Buses and Bus Stops in Portland, Maine

The city says the ads are covered under the First Amendment.

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The Shame of Not Letting Felons Vote

5.85 million Americans can't vote because of their criminal history, putting the U.S. at odds with countries throughout the developed world.