Politics

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.

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More Than Half of America's Rivers Are Very Polluted

A new report by the EPA found that the majority of rivers and streams can't support healthy aquatic life.

Gay Marriage and the Power of Cities to Change the Country

What was once popular opinion – and public policy – in San Francisco could soon be the national norm.

How to Create an Assault Weapons Ban That Would Actually Cut Down on Violence

The 1994 Assault Weapons Ban had important, positive effects that were just beginning to take root when it expired in 2004.

The Great Georgia-Tennessee Border War of 2013

Georgia's state senate just declared that it, not its neighbor to the north, controls part of the Tennessee River at Nickajack.

In Arizona, Fear of a Transgender Toilet

Arizona wants to tie bathroom access to birth certificates; scientists sound warning about pit latrines; a municipal government does BYO toilet paper.

Amsterdam's Latest Quest to Tame Legalized Prostitution

The city is tightening the rules governing its famous red light district. Will the efforts cut down on sex trafficking or make the problem worse?

The Inequality of Playgrounds

Public parks in upper-income, predominantly-white communities in Kansas City were more likely to have playgrounds, water features and trails.

How the Focus on 'Energy Intensity' Is Hurting the Fight Against Climate Change

It's a misleading metric that actually tells us very little about efficiency.

The Silver Lining to the 14,000 Dead Pigs in Shanghai's River

The scandal has prompted China's government to acknowledge the nation's intense problem with food safety.

Is Racial Profiling Institutional at the NYPD?

New evidence from the stop-and-frisk lawsuit.

Are Urban Explorers Really a Threat to Our National Security?

A federal agency worries they could aid terrorists. But really, they expose our vulnerabilities.

4 Ideas for Fixing Stop and Frisk

Experts weigh in on how law enforcement should engage in and implement these tactics.

How Does One Get Banned From Every Public Library in the World?

You probably don't want to know.

Making Peace With the Decline of Alt-Weeklies

The death of the Boston Phoenix may signal the approaching end of these storied city institutions. But there's also a lot more news outlets to choose from today.

The Next Marijuana Legalization Fight? Copenhagen vs. the Rest of Denmark

The city wants to wrest the soft drugs trade away from criminal gangs, but the national government may not let it proceed.

Can a Booming Bay Area Avoid Running Out of Water?

San Francisco's sources of drinking water are threatened on multiple fronts.

Why Are Leaders Allowing the Destruction of Historical Sites in Islam's Holiest City?

The strange alliance of clerics and businessmen in Saudi Arabia.