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How Conservatives Bet Big on Wisconsin and Won

Hardcore conservatives adore infrastructure, and they’re phenomenally good at building it. This isn’t to say they’re necessarily committed to constructing roads and bridges and dams; it’s the infrastructure of their own movement — the one that has helped Republican politicians seize power in state …

Middle-class

U.S. Reopens Emmett Till Investigation, Almost 63 Years After His Murder

The federal government has quietly revived its investigation into the murder of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old African-American boy whose abduction and killing remains, almost 63 years later, among the starkest and most searing examples of racial violence in the South.<p>The Justice Department said that …

U.S. Department of Justice

A Trumped-up charge against Canadian dairy tariffs

By Roger Noll, Robert E. LitanPresident Trump and his Administration have based their public spat—and that is putting the term mildly—with Canada on …

Citizens: 150 Years of the 14th Amendment

It is possible to tell the story of the 14th Amendment’s adoption as one driven by the maneuvering of highly placed lawmakers—judges and members of …

Black History

Trump is a baldfaced liar

In all my years, I have never seen anything quite like this: a U.S. president who lies and demonizes at the drop of a hat. I don’t just mean that President Trump makes statements that tend to be inaccurate or misleading or that he exaggerates, equivocates and, at times, shades the truth.<p>No, this …

Donald Trump

Black families were pushed out of Portland. Can this program help more return?

Read the Full Transcript<p><b>Judy Woodruff:</b><p>Portland, Oregon, is known as a hub of liberal and progressive thought. It’s also one of the most gentrified …

Portland, OR

Un-gentrifying Portland: scheme helps displaced residents come home

The first of its kind in the US, a Portland housing-assistance policy is an effort to atone for the sins of gentrification<p>Two years ago, Dianne Causey’s landlord died and her rental house in Portland, Oregon, went up for sale. She was forced to move from the city’s historically black neighborhood …

Urban Design

You Could Make Things Easy

Many people who are proponents of the drug war believe that an important component of waging the drug war is to take away the money that essentially …

Policing

When Historic Preservation Depends on Gentrification

In the mid-1960s, San Francisco enjoyed a blue-collar existence. It remained a city where Sicilian fishermen caught salmon, painted boats, and …

Conrad Black: The forces of America’s left were no match for Canadian intellect and English wit

The last Munk Debate, on May 18 in Toronto, was on the complicated question: “What you call political correctness I call progress,” thus inviting …

Where Brooklyn Tenants Plead the Case for Keeping Their Homes

Settlements are pushed in chaotic hallways, emergency loans are held up as cure-alls and delays are seemingly endless. Welcome to housing court. Take a number.

The Eviction Machine Churning Through New York City

Housing court, a system created to protect tenants, has become a powerful tool for landlords.

New York City

Grow These Native Plants So Your Backyard Birds Can Feast

Birds and native plants are made for each other, thanks to millions of years of evolution. Large, colorful fruits feed birds and, in return, birds …

Will Alsop: 'His joyously surreal creations broke the laws of physics'

An oval of blue sky hung on the wall at the end of Will Alsop’s studio, floating against a pink backdrop, the white paint from hastily daubed clouds dripping down the vast canvas into a smudgy indigo lake below. “It’s our latest project for a big new park in China,” said Alsop, opening a bottle of …

Skyscrapers

Portland's 'Granny Flats' Get an Affordable Boost

A new startup pays the upfront cost of a backyard dwelling in exchange for some of the rent it generates.<p>PORTLAND, OREGON—A wind through the back alleys of the Alberta Arts District reveals an eye-catching assortment of little buildings behind homes: a low-slung converted garage, a wooden A-frame …

It’s Bolton’s and Bibi’s Agenda Now

Brushing aside the anguished pleas of our NATO allies, President Trump Tuesday contemptuously trashed the Iranian nuclear deal and reimposed …

The truck driver who nearly killed me got away with a $125 fine

<i>Anthony Smith is a Transportation Planner and a member of The Lantern Rouge cycling team.</i><p>On a sunny Saturday last October, I set out for a 120-kilometre bicycle ride from just north of Toronto to meet my fiancée and the rest of my cycling team near Midland, Ont. I have been a competitive cyclist …

Black Yale Student Was Napping, and a White Student Called the Police

A black graduate student at Yale who fell asleep in her dorm’s common room said she had a disturbing awakening this week when a white student flipped on the lights, told her she had no right to sleep there and called the campus police.<p>It was the latest in a string of recent episodes across the …

Europe, Again Humiliated by Trump, Struggles to Defend Its Interests

BRUSSELS — It is by now a familiar, humiliating pattern. European leaders cajole, argue and beg, trying to persuade President Trump to change his mind on a vital issue for the trans-Atlantic alliance. Mr. Trump appears to enjoy the show, dangling them, before ultimately choosing not to …

He Paid for His Mentos. Then an Officer Pulled a Gun on Him.

Jose Arreola walked into a Southern California gas station to buy Mentos on a Friday night in March and still can’t shake off what happened next. After he paid for the mints and placed them in his left jacket pocket, an off-duty police officer behind him pulled out his handgun, pointed it at his …

Law Enforcement

Looking Back to Look Forward: Blacks, Liberty, and the State

Libertarians tend to think of freedom as either a means to an end of maximum utility—e.g., free markets produce the most wealth—or, in a more …

A New Spider Family Tree Tries to Untangle the Evolution of Webs

Spider webs present an intriguing challenge to evolutionary biologists.<p>These finely honed death traps come in many forms, from the trampoline-like construction of the sheet web spider, to the instantly recognizable filigree of the orb weaver. Orb-style webs are made by diverse spiders, however, and …

Biology

The science behind the art of Jeff Koons

Today, H&M will release a special-edition leather handbag featuring the likeness of Jeff Koons’s <i>Balloon Dog (Yellow)</i> in some stores and on its website. To celebrate (and, really, further publicize) the occasion, Koons will decorate the six-story facade of the Swedish retailer’s Fifth Avenue …

Their Ancestors Were on Opposite Sides of a Lynching. Now, They’re Friends.

<i>For more coverage of race, sign up here to have our Race/Related newsletter delivered weekly to your inbox.</i><p>“The hanging.”<p>For years, Karen Branan, a white woman from Georgia, kept at a safe distance the haunting words that her grandmother had spoken. Ms. Branan was an inquisitive journalist, but she …

Women of Color

Emmett Till

The brutal abduction and murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till on August 28, 1955, galvanized the emerging Civil Rights Movement.<p>Who Was Emmett …