Politics

These Countries Have the Oldest, and Youngest, First Marriages

People tend to get married at older ages in richer, more developed countries, and at younger ages in less-prosperous regions.

Cory Booker Is Now the Senate's Highest Profile Advocate for Criminal Justice Reform

Will he actually accomplish anything?

How 9 Major Papers Deal With Climate Change-Denying Letters

The Los Angeles Times took a stand against climate misinformation on its letters page. Will other newspapers follow its lead?

Black Boys Have an Easier Time Fitting In at Suburban Schools Than Black Girls

Minority young men are considered by their white peers to be cool and tough; minority young women, on the other hand, are stereotyped as "ghetto" and "loud."

The Myers Briggs States of America

Northeasterners are neurotic, West Coasters are laid back, and more empirical data on America's psychological geography.

New York's Looming Food Disaster

Hurricane Sandy exposed striking vulnerabilities in the city's supply chains.

The Case for Centrist Mayors: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A round-up of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

There's One Rainbow Flag the Kremlin Hasn't Banned

The flag of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast wasn't deemed "gay propaganda."

Why Rebuilding After Disasters Is Largely a Legal Challenge

Without addressing the complexities of local law, even the most resilient designs risk lingering on computer screens and drawing boards without implementation.

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Study: Almost Half of Public School Students Are Now Low-Income

A new study reminds us that poverty is the giant backpack dragging down American students.

Why Energy Boomtowns Are a Nightmare for Law Enforcement

Officers explain in their own words what happens when city services can't keep up with a population explosion. 

Cory Booker Is a Senator-Elect—What Kind of Senator Will He Be?

As expected, he won a New Jersey special election Wednesday night, but the path ahead is far from clear for Washington's newest political celebrity.

And There Was Joy in Washington

Scenes from a city reopened.

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What the Shutdown Revealed About the Economic Divides in U.S. Politics

Tea Party America doesn't look much like the base of the big-business Republican Party.

Videos

The Politics of Fear Surfaces in New York Mayor's Race

Joe Lhota's "white woman clutching a subway pole with a black man in the background" moment.

Could Stiffer Penalties for Illegally Carrying a Gun Reduce Violence in Chicago?

Experts are divided over a law currently being considered by the Illinois State Legislature. 

How to Feed the World Without Wrecking the Planet

Farmers today produce 145 percent more food than just a few decades ago, but they're also responsible for a third of greenhouse gases.

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.