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Proof the Voting Rights Act Has Helped Boost Black Political Representation

And that its impact has continued to this day.

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Someday Soon You'll Pay for Every Mile You Drive

A small fee based on each mile traveled, with a surcharge during rush-hour and on city roads, may be the optimal road-funding model.

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Have We Reached Peak Sprawl?

What Atlanta's shifting real estate landscape might mean for the future of the country.

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Illegal Drugs Are Cheaper and More Pure Than Ever

Billions in drug control spending hasn't staunched supply. 

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How America's Marriage Crisis Makes Income Inequality So Much Worse

The rich and educated are more likely to marry, to marry each other, and to produce rich and educated children.

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Stop What You're Doing and Book Your Holiday Flights Right Now

Early October is the best time to book U.S. domestic flights for travel around Christmas or New Year's.

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It Takes Drivers 3 Months to Warm Up to Electric Vehicles

A trial in Berlin found that people stopped worrying their battery would run out after about 12 weeks with an EV.

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'Where One Coal Power Plant Stops, Another Begins'

A train tour through China's coal country, where every bit of the shadowy landscape has been pressed into the service of power generation.

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'If You Live Near Other People, You're Probably a Democrat. If Your Neighbors Are Distant, Republican'

The latest evidence of the political influence of density.

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Americans Are Still Moving Way Less Than They Used To

In the 1950s, 20 percent of U.S. residents found new homes each year. Today, it's dropped to an all-time low of 11.6 percent.

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A Ridiculous Number of Us Have No Clue How Much We Walk Every Day

Americans are also the worst at this.

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The Rent May Be Too Damn High—But It's Not High Enough for These Landlords Anymore

Private equity shops vacuumed up cheap homes during the financial crisis to convert them to rentals. Now, they're reconsidering.

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We Could Fix America's Highways If Every Driver Kicked In an Extra $4.66 Per Month

A new report shows what it would take to balance the Highway Trust Fund.

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Anatomy of a Public Space

Studying the role of shadow, sound, seating and more on Philadelphia's The Porch.

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The Puzzling Relationship Between Crime and the Economy

Criminologists say bad economies create more crime; economists say the opposite. But recent data reveals neither explanation is right.

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Why the Poor Don't Work, According to the Poor

Few say it's because they can't find jobs. But is that a reason to take away their food stamps?

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The Dramatically Uneven Spread of American Poverty

From one metropolitan area to the next.

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The 10 Cities Most Threatened by a Damaging Natural Disaster

Japan faces more than its fair share of risk.

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How Stop-and-Frisk Is Creating a Generation of Young People Who Don't Trust the Police

Only 40 percent of young minorities in low-income New York City neighborhoods say they would feel comfortable calling 911 if they needed help.