Politics

Conor Christofferson

Dear Seattle, Careful You Don't End Up Like Us. Love, Amsterdam

Retail cannabis stores are getting ready to open in Washington state. But at the same time in the Netherlands, decades of permissive pot policies are being eroded. 

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Citing Safety Concerns, Nepal's Sherpas Cancel the 2014 Climbing Season

The decision comes after 16 of their colleagues were killed in an avalanche.

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A 2016 Olympic Aquatic Event Site Has 195 Times the Safe Amount of Sewage in the Water

Athletes and civilians alike are worried about contracting diseases in Brazil's feces-laden bay.

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Two Very Different Types of Migrations Are Driving Growth in U.S. Cities

New York and L.A. are losing more Americans than they're gaining, but the flood of immigrants more than makes up for it.

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Will Bill de Blasio Actually Ban New York's Famous Carriage Horses?

The mayor's proposed ban faces an uphill political battle.

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When Taking Back the City Means Returning to the Scene of the Crime

In the relentless Boston bombing anniversary coverage, the tagline on one local news channel is, "Let's Remember, Let's Run." Can we really do both?

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Will Salt Lake City's Growing Smog Threaten Its Economic Growth?

With smog keeping children indoors during winter months, the area's reputation for healthy outdoor living could be on the line.

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2 Charts That Put the Chinese Pollution Crisis in Perspective

No one now alive has experienced anything similar in North America or Europe, except in the middle of a forest fire or a volcanic eruption.

How Mississippi Businesses Are Fighting a New LGBT Discrimination Law

"If you're buying, we're selling."

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Courtesy of Ralph Becker

Salt Lake City's Secret to Escaping the Recession

With the LDS Church's financing of a huge downtown development, "in Salt Lake, the cranes kept moving," says Mayor Ralph Becker.

This Is Us: Portrait of a Changing America

A nation in time, in seven charts.

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Along the Haunting Buffer Zone That Divides This City in Two

In Cyprus, capital Nicosia remains split. It's an eerie reminder of a 40-year-old military conflict.

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The Scary Things You Learn From 23 Years of Oakland Police Records

A new website is putting the Department under a microscope. They don't come out looking so good.

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Why People Are Posing as Corpses in Ukrainian Supermarkets

In hopes of furthering a boycott of Russian goods, protesters are starting flash mobs to raise awareness.

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How Higher Ed Contributes to Inequality

An interview with Cornell political scientist Suzanne Mettler, author of Degrees of Inequality: How Higher Education Politics Sabotaged the American Dream.

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Turns Out Paying People Thousands of Dollars to Have a Baby Works Pretty Well

One Finnish city's plot to up its birth rate has led to a minor housing crisis.

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Brazil's Government Gives Money to Women Because 'They're More Reliable'

How a welfare program designed to slash poverty ended up improving women's rights.

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Say Goodbye to the Costumed Performers at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate

The city is finally enforcing its ban on fake "soldiers" and other colorful characters in its city center. And it's a shame.

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Why Street Protests Fail

How can so many demonstrations accomplish so little?