Politics

Lab Report
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Lab Report: When Growth Goes Wrong

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

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How an Icon of Venezuelan Architecture Became a Prison

The Helicoide was going to be the world’s first drive-through mall. Now it is a prison that former inmates describe as hellish.

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Trump’s Budget Takes Aim at Sanctuary Cities

The White House’s proposal could drive a wedge between local governments and their own employees when it comes to immigration policy.

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The People Left Behind When Only the 'Deserving' Poor Get Help

Maine attached work requirements and time limits to its safety net, intensifying poverty in the state.

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Fortress Britain's Coming Crackdown

In the wake of the Manchester attack, the U.K. government is stationing troops in cities and fast-tracking new laws to access encrypted messages.

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The Problem With Calls for 'Resilience'

Why shouldn't a community fear random violence?

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Trump's Budget Is Bad for Bikes, Too

You thought getting your ride stolen was bad. Proposed cuts to key agencies and programs clip the lock on future bike trails.

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The End of the Neighborhood School

Trump’s education budget aims to deliver a big boost to “school choice”—and siphon resources from urban schools in low-income areas.

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'Guerrilla Bike Lanes' Prove a Reluctant City Wrong

Officials in Latvia’s capital keep saying there’s no room for dedicated lanes. Cycling activists just showed them how it’s done.

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When Cities Fought the Feds Over Apartheid

In 1986, the city of Baltimore battled the Reagan administration over its local anti-apartheid ordinances—and won. How they prevailed may have important lessons for cities trying to resist Trump today.

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'We Can't Walk Away From This Truth'

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu explains to his city why four monuments commemorating the Lost Cause and the Confederacy had to come down.

Lab Report
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Lab Report: New York Prepares Commuters for 'Summer of Hell'

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

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Trump's Cuts to SNAP and Social Security Would Hit the Rust Belt Hard

The president’s full budget includes reductions in income-support programs that core Republican voters rely on—more so than other groups do.

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Mapping America's Gun Laws, State By State

As more laws are enacted to protect the gun industry, a new public database reveals striking differences in how guns are regulated across the U.S.

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Designing for More Effective Protests

A flash competition in New York City asks designers to come up with way to make protests stand out as they become more frequent.

Lab Report
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Lab Report: Slashing the Safety Net

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

Jacob Myrick

The Poisoned Generation

The story of a decades-long lead-poisoning lawsuit in New Orleans illustrates how the toxin destroys black families and communities alike.

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Marijuana Growers Sow Displacement Fears in Denver

The city’s cultural community supported the movement to legalize recreational cannabis—but now artists are competing with “ganjapreneurs” for cheap industrial space.

Lab Report
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Lab Report: Pittsburgh Sours on Uber

A morning roundup of the day’s news.