Shocker: Conservative Republicans Hate the Amtrak Writer Residency

Senators Coburn and Flake waste our time calling it wasteful.

A Website That Wants to Help Republicans Win in Cities

A party without much urban infrastructure starts thinking about the future, from council races on up.


These 3 Charts Show That the Commuter Benefit System Is Terribly Broken

The workers who need them most are getting them least.


How the Republican Plan for Immigration Reform Repeats the Mistakes of the Drug War

The SAFE Act could lead to overcrowded prisons and misplaced law enforcement priorities.


Congress Just Started Caring About the Sharing Economy

A friendly first hearing on Capitol Hill.


We Urgently Need to Fix the Gas Tax

It's not too soon to start discussing how to keep the Highway Trust Fund from bankruptcy.


It's Time for California to Fund High-Speed Rail Itself

A recent court ruling demands a clear plan to pay for the line — likely one that doesn't involve federal money.


Minimum Wage Was Once Enough To Keep a Family of 3 Out of Poverty

How much would it take to make that possible again?


People Love (to Sue) Rails-to-Trails Projects

The federal government has paid $49 million in claims in the past year alone.


The U.S. Metros With the Most Political Influence

In 2012, just 10 counties - out of 3,000 - were responsible for 30 percent of contributions made by individuals to national candidates.


And There Was Joy in Washington

Scenes from a city reopened.


The Metros That Sorely Need the U.S. Government to Keep Paying Its Bills

Where Americans depend the most on federal spending.


How the National Parks Became the Shutdown's Biggest Battleground

What was different, and what was similar, in 1995 and 1996.

Truckers for the Constitution

How Not To Protest the Government

A very weird plan to send Washington a message by disrupting D.C.'s commuters.

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Enough Already With the Food Stamp Surfer

And the whole concept of legislating by ridiculous anecdote.

Conor Sen

'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.


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.


As Cuts to SNAP Benefits Loom, Food Pantries Can Only Guess How to Prepare

Will anti-hunger groups across the country be expected to provide millions of extra meals next year, or billions?