Politics

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Thousands of Gandhis March Through India's Streets

Celebrations in time for the former leader's 143rd birthday.

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Don't Take Your Gun to the Playground in This North Carolina Town: This Week in Bans

Also, the Mongrel Mobsters can't pretty up their tombstones in a New Zealand town and New York City clamps down on blood-sucking circumcisions.

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Urbanites Read News Differently Than Their Rural Counterparts

For one thing, they're more interested in night clubs and restaurants.

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Americans Still Trust Their Local Government, Even as Faith in Washington Crumbles

Blame the remoteness of D.C., or its partisan rancor.

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Obama vs. Romney: Who Has the Better Graffiti?

Predicting the outcome of the 2012 election with a highly scientific analysis of wall doodles.

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Here We Go Again: Retail Trucks Run Into Permitting Issues Everywhere

Mobile vendors selling clothes and shoes instead of food are popping up all over the place. How should cities treat them?

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Dearborn: Where Americans Come to Hate Muslims

How a city of 97,000 became a must-visit location on the newly established anti-Muslim protest circuit.

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The Crazy Pidgin Language That Unites Africa's Megacity

Finding a common linguistic ground in a city of 20 million and 500 languages.

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Pontiac Ex-Councilman in Cocaine-Trafficking Bust: Officials Gone Wild

A roundup of the latest crimes, blunders and everyday embarrassments perpetrated by our esteemed municipal leaders.

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The Tricky Politics of Vacant Lots

A Philadelphia local transformed a lot into a park on his own dime. But the city says the conversion was illegal, and is threatening to sue.

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How the Creative Class Is Reshaping America's Electoral Map

Educated professionals are anchoring a new kind of voting coalition.

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Mapping Acceptance of Same-Sex Marriage

There's uneven support for it across the country, but many clusters of agreement.

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Preachers Exiled from Bourbon Street: This Week in Bans

Also, daddies are forbidden to dance with daughters in Rhode Island and doggy-steroid doping becomes illegal in Tucson.

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A Balancing Act for France's Muslims

Keeping belief alive in a country with a strong tradition of secularism.

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The Changing Geography of Metropolitan Poverty

Despite economic gains, America's largest metros are seeing spikes in inequality.

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A Grim Map of Disappeared Mexican Journalists

Drug wars and cartels have been blamed for the disappearance of at least 13 journalists since 2003.

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What the End of the Chicago Teachers Strike Means for the Rest of the Country

A broader debate about the rights of public sector employees is just beginning.

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How Yale's Outgoing President Made Peace — and Prosperity — With New Haven

Richard Levin's remarkable legacy on the home front.

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Should Millennials Feel Guilty for Leaving Their Small Towns Behind?

Growing up, I couldn't wait to flee central Indiana. Now I just feel lucky, and terrible.