Politics

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Tony Blair Says We Should Wait a Decade Before Judging the 2012 Games

The former Prime Minister, now an Olympics legacy consultant, advises patience when it comes to evaluating the impact of the Games.

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A Saudi Woman Embarks on a 'Faceless Experiment'

Writer Rana Jarbou is blogging her experiences wearing the niqab in Riyadh.

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With Big California Water Project, Governor Wants to 'Get Shit Done'

Jerry Brown is taking a blunt approach to a controversial water plan.

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The Culture Clash Behind Mitt Romney's London Olympics Doubts

The American presidential candidate may not understand that for Britons, complaining is a way of showing you care.

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Olympic Park Feels a Little Like a War Zone

One former war correspondent compared it to the "American military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan."

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'She Tells Everyone That Putin Put Mother in a Cage'

Europeans rally to free the Russian girl band Pussy Riot.

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How to Protect Lake Tahoe (and Places Like It)

Rules for protecting the resources we love.

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Why Hosting the Olympics Is Bad for Cities

Don't count on gaining much from your moment in the sporting sun.

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15 Years Later, Once War-Torn Srebrenica Rebuilds

Side-by-side photos of the city then and now.

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Why Soup Kitchens Serve So Much Venison

The unlikely but unmistakably American intersection of bow hunting, pest control and hunger relief.

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G4S Gets the Boot in Newcastle

Local vendors will replace the embattled Olympics security company at soccer venue St. James' Park.

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Writing the Rules for Smart Cities

There still isn’t a common language or science of cities for the 21st century, but that could change.

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London Mayor to Olympics Complainers: 'Put a Sock in It'

Boris Johnson hopes to quiet his naysayers.

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Olympics Attendees May Wear All the Non-Sponsor Apparel They Wish

Despite what the LOCOG chief said on the radio, Pepsi and Nike gear will not be banned at the London games.

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Debt of the Day: Berlin Owes the Town of Mittenwalde 'Trillions'

Compound interest can really compound when you leave a loan unpaid for 500 years.

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The Olympics Are Making the London Assembly Relevant

The left-leaning city council may have lost legislative power, but it is regaining its influence as the sole chink in Britain’s official policy of Olympic boosterism.

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This Week in Bans: No Sex In a British Graveyard

Also, Atlanta outlaws smoking in public parks and a Massachusetts town stops feeding the bears (after one licks a human).

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Tea Party Mayor Janice Daniels Facing a Recall Vote

Voters in Troy, Michigan, still seem annoyed at their leader's refusal to accept federal funding.

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Demand for Foreign-Born Workers Is Spiky

Many U.S. cities cannot access the skilled workers they need.