Politics

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Crisis of the Day: The Church Foreclosure Boom

A record number of American parishes are being foreclosed upon.

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What Makes One City Fatter Than Another?

The factors behind the relative obesity of America's cities.

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Map of the Day: Urbanization in 15 Seconds

What the urban world will look like in 2050.

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Georgia's Super Booze-day

Forget the Republican presidential primary. Tuesday's elections also lifted blue laws across a large swath of the Peach State.

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The Case for Saving the Metro Editorial Board

Across the country, newspapers are cutting their editorial boards. Here's what we lose when they disappear.

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Surprise of the Day: Chicago Won't Host the G-8 Summit

After months of planning, the White House decided to shift the summit to Camp David.

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James Q. Wilson, 'Broken Windows' Author, Dies at 80

The political scientist forever changed community policing and neighborhood safety practices.

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How To Protect America's Countryside from Sprawl

The sustainability community has turned some overdue attention to small towns. But how can we preserve the places in between?

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The Only Elected Regional Government in the U.S.

Why has no other region followed the model of metropolitan Portland?

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Can a Town Get By Without Its Public Works Department?

Favoring privatization, a New Jersey mayor’s budget proposes to cut garbage collection, street cleaning, and more.

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Portland's Mayoral Race Is Full of Delightful Oddballs

Could Oregon's largest city be helmed by a tree-climbing arsonist, a man who holds proof of God's existence, or the guitar genius behind the tweaker anthem, "Mobile Crank Lab"?

In Los Angeles, a Brownfield Gets a Second Life

Thanks to funding from a lawsuit, a lush new park was created in the city's south side.

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Beijing's Feral Cat Problem Comes Back

Four years after "cleansing" the city of its strays in advance of the Olympics, somewhere between 500,000 and 5 million cats have returned to Beijing. But is relying on volunteers to trap, neuter, and release them the best plan?

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Allegiance of the Day: An Iraqi Border City Offers Support to Syrian Rebels

They're sending money, medical supplies and even a makeshift border patrol.

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Boozy, Brawling Wisconsin Mayor Gets the Boot

Last night, Sheboygan voters tossed out Mayor Bob Ryan in the city's first-ever mayoral recall election.

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A Complete History of the Park Slope Food Coop's Boycotts

The Brooklyn grocery is in the news for wanting to ban products from Israel, but over the years it's also exiled grapes, apples, sugar, light bulbs, water, tuna salad, etc., etc.

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Why Don't Americans Riot Anymore?

Unlike Europe, the U.S. hasn't had a rash of mass urban violence in a generation.

The Most Complicated Border Town in the World

In Baarle-Nassau, pieces of Belgium and the Netherlands sit side-by-side, creating some strange municipal politics.

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This Week in Bans: Tupelo Takes Aim at Baggy Pants

Also recently banned: Bath salts in Tennessee, prayers in England, and possibly "reckless skateboarding" in Los Angeles.