Politics

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How to Protect an Urban River From Pollution

A million people live in the Raritan River watershed, so any environmental action requires an impressive level of regional cooperation.

The Painfully Obvious Punishment We Should Impose on Cops Who Shoot Innocent People

Take away their guns. Forever.

Paris's Newest Lawnmowers Are ... A Flock of Black Sheep

It's all part of the city's new "eco-grazing" effort.

San Francisco's Trash Inspectors Get Up Earlier Than You Do

Behind the scenes of the city's aggressive campaign to monitor and educate people about exactly what should get thrown away.

China's Deadly Air Pollution Jumped 30 Percent This Year

In 2010, air pollution contributed to 1.2 million deaths and 2013 looks like it could be even worse.

Are Armed Guards in Schools a Civil Rights Violation?

Instead of funding an armed guard program, the Mississippi legislature should invest in a more holistic approach to discipline.

Saudi Arabia Will Let Women Ride Bicycles — But Only For Fun

No transportation!

New York Mayoral Hopeful Malcolm Smith Arrested for Bribery

The state senator was accused of trying to buy the support he needed to get on the Republican's mayoral ticket.

The Secret Lives of Garbage Men

Anthropologist Robin Nagle on the vital, hidden, and arcane sanitation system that enables cities to function.

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How the Density of Your County Affects How You Vote

There's a decisive break between Democratic and Republican support at a population density of 800 persons/per square mile.

Bloomberg's Blind Spot on Class

From Sandy to the soda ban, the mayor really doesn't seem to be aware of his own subtext.

Do School Districts Matter?

According to a new study, their quality has little effect on student performance.

An Innovative Model for Helping a City's Most Vulnerable

Social impact bonds infuse private capital into public-sector activities, helping build a better safety net while reducing the state’s burden.

This Is What It Looks Like to Stop a Bank Run Before It Starts

After two weeks of chaos, Cyprus opens its banks again. But borrowing was tightly controlled.

Videos

Should You Buy That Beachfront Home in the Sandy-Ravaged Rockaways?

Homes ripped apart by the superstorm are proving to be magnets for bargain hunters—but not everyone is getting a good deal.

Is Bloomberg the Right Leader of the Anti-Gun Movement?

The blunt-spoken billionaire mayor may be popular in Washington and New York, but that popularity doesn't extend to other parts of the country.

Parking Ticket of the Day: The One Rep. Louie Gohmert Isn't Paying

Will the Texas congressman pay up?

More Thoughts on Creating an Effective Assault Weapons Ban

We can reduce street crimes by making the gun owner responsible for whatever happens with the weapon, no matter who pulls the trigger.

Istanbul Is a City on the Brink of Crisis

An earthquake could decimate 2 million of the city's 3 milion apartments. But not everyone is happy with Turkey's solution.