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Life inside a town called Santa Claus

<b>A town in the United States has been named Santa Claus since the 19th Century - so what is life like there?</b><p>The south-west corner of Indiana is a normal American place with normal, American place names.<p>Evansville. Jasper. Boonville. Dale.<p>And then, on the long, straight, Route 162, a road sign leaps …

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Health Care’s Price Conundrum

The more expensive it is, the better it must be. That’s how people used to think about health-care costs. As has become apparent in recent years, however, this is flat wrong. The costs of care vary wildly depending on where you live—by three hundred per cent or more, as I reported in “The Cost …

The Missing Story of the Drug War

Matthew Heineman, a thirty-two-year-old American filmmaker, was at the airport in Michoacán, the war-torn Mexican state west of Mexico City, when he had second thoughts about returning home. His crew members were exhausted. For three weeks, they’d worked twenty-hour days, trying to capture footage …

Mexico

Underworld

How the Sinaloa drug cartel digs its tunnels.<p>At 8:52 <i>P.M.</i> on July 11th, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the drug kingpin known as El Chapo, sat on the bed of his cell in Altiplano, Mexico’s only super-maximum-security prison. Surveillance footage appears to show a small screen glowing on a table …

Mexico

The Boom Towns and Ghost Towns of the New Economy

New York, Houston, Washington, D.C.—plus college towns and the energy belt—are all up, while much of the Sun Belt is (still) down. Mapping the winners and losers since the crash.<p>America’s economic map is ever changing. Great migrations—settlers westward; African Americans northward; urbanites …

The Cultural Fight for Guns

One of the oddities of the gun-control debate—apart from ours being the only country that really has one—is that the gun side basically gave up on serious arguments about safety or self-defense or anything else a while ago. The old claims about the million—or was it two million? It kept …