Politics

How L.A.'s New Valet Parking Law Punishes Low-Skill Workers

Why should you need to pay a fee before you're allowed to park a car? 

What Happens When the Government Shuts Down 94 Percent of the EPA

Superfund clean-ups are halted, and that's just the start.

The Really Big Fight Over Urban Farming Is Playing Out in Small Towns

San Francisco and Austin may have figured this out, but places like Muskegon, Michigan, are a better reflection of the obstacles ahead.

Videos

How Social Networks Explain Violence in Chicago

In a new video, a Yale sociologist shows how relationships spread risk.

Illegal Drugs Are Cheaper and More Pure Than Ever

Billions in drug control spending hasn't staunched supply. 

Photos

From Fort Sumter to Ellis Island, a Photo Tour of America's Closed National Monuments

From Fort Sumter to Ellis Island, photos are pouring in of America's shuttered national monuments.

Next Economy

There's an Obvious Way to Make Community Colleges Better: Let's Rank Them

A relatively pain-free way to make these schools accountable to their students.

The Baltimore Police Department Is Having Its Own Stop-and-Frisk Scandal

New York's not the only city with a stop-and-frisk program, or a stop-and-frisk problem.

'Where One Coal Power Plant Stops, Another Begins'

A train tour through China's coal country, where every bit of the shadowy landscape has been pressed into the service of power generation.

Enough Already With the Food Stamp Surfer

And the whole concept of legislating by ridiculous anecdote.

'If You Live Near Other People, You're Probably a Democrat. If Your Neighbors Are Distant, Republican'

The latest evidence of the political influence of density.

Why Aren't More Ph.D.s Teaching in Public Schools?

They're highly qualified, and they need jobs. And yet fewer than one percent of all teachers have doctorates.

White House Offers Up $300 Million to Fix Detroit's Blight

It'll be used to tear down abandoned houses and build smaller, affordable housing.

Live from Stockholm: Breaking Down the Scary Details in Today's Landmark Climate Report

Scientists warn of "unequivocal" climate change that is "unprecedented over decades to millennia."

World Scientists Just Put the Finishing Touches on the Next Big Climate Report

The major report will include updates on everything from how long CO2 hangs out in the atmosphere to dangers posed by sea level rise.

A Reminder That Giving Drug Addicts Free Clean Needles Is Worth Every Penny

Helping people get high safely is a lot cheaper than treating them for HIV. 

A Key to Getting More Low-Income Kids to Go to College: Better Advising

The National College Advising Corps is placing recent graduates in high-needs schools to help guide students through the application process.

How a City With Two Dozen Law Enforcement Agencies Handles a Huge Crisis

The Navy Yard attack was an example of D.C.'s complex jurisdictional landscape.

Be Like Mike: How Bloomberg Became the World's 'Mentor'

He wanted the way he ran his city to become a model for mayors everywhere. But can that idea persist once he's out of office?