Politics

So Pitbull Wants to Make Charter Schools 'Cool' and 'Sexy'

Is this good for America?

One Swiss Town's Disturbing Apartheid Policy for Asylum Seekers

Bremgarten has banned refugees from 32 public spaces, including churches, sports facilities, even swimming pools.

Here Are All the Different Ways People Die Behind Bars

Murder is not nearly as prevalent as you might think. 

Idea of the Day: A Twitter Account To Shame Bike Thieves

The San Francisco police are taking their anti-bike-theft efforts to social media.

Meet the Conservative Texas Sheriff Who Refuses to Put Potheads in Jail

Sheriff Arvin West doesn't have time for dumb marijuana laws. 

Why Is Inequality So Much Higher in the U.S. Than in France?

Blame Wall Street.

The Prisoner Suicide Puzzle

The D.C. Jail has seen a rash of suicide deaths in the last six months. Will their latest efforts make an impact?

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Bob Filner?

What the San Diego mayoral scandal says about the challenge of stopping a politician harassing women who don't work for him and don't know where to report him.

We Need to Rethink Our Definition of a 'Sustainable City'

The smart growth agenda fails to account for lessons learned about green infrastructure, moderate density, and gentrification.

Maps

Proof That Lots of New Yorkers Once Actually Liked Anthony Weiner

And other patterns from a new Election Atlas of New York voting results.

Why Blackouts Are More Common Than Ever, in 2 Charts

Ten years after the 2003 meltdown, weather-related outages are on the rise.

Life in 1962 Berlin, One Year After the Wall Was Built

The Wall chronicles life in East Berlin and the many, desperate escape attempts.

The Most Damning Passages in the New York Stop and Frisk Ruling

The numbers are bad. But these recorded quotes from department leaders really get at the heart of the problem.

Russia's Awful Anti-Gay Policies Could Kill Its Cities

The draconian laws will shut once cosmopolitan urban areas out of a global community.

On Oprah and the Swiss Culture of Small Sacrifices

Limiting excess is a hallmark of the country’s approach to sustainability, and it may explain Winfrey's unfortunate experience in Zurich.

The Changing War on Crime, in 3 Graphs

Stop and frisk and mandatory minimums could get major overhauls. The impact of those policy shifts, neatly summarized.

How Race and Inequality Influence the Size of Urban Police Forces

Findings from the police staffing levels of 64 U.S. cities.

In California, Transgender Students Get a Big Bathroom Win

In other toilet news, Juggalo porta-potties are disgusting, a Japanese toilet is hackable, and a man allegedly bombs a gas-station commode with a skunk.

Rob Ford: Still Behaving Badly

Passer-bys say Ford was boozing it up in public Friday night. And reports of a "suspicious" after hours visit to a local jail last spring have surfaced.