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Many kinds of urban disorder would be better addressed by people who aren't police officers.
The simplest way to reduce the number of Americans who are abused by police officers is not to retrain cops or to reform their subculture. It is to significantly reduce the number of adversarial interactions …Policing
More cities, more assessments of what works, and why
Earlier today I mentioned a video that a public-private alliance in Fresno, California, has produced to explain why they want to bulldoze a historic, artsy downtown pedestrian mall and re-open it to cars. Described that way, naturally the project …Louisville
The U.S. military may not be using a summer exercise to institute martial law in Texas, but Governor Greg Abbott isn't taking chances.
Texas has the rare distinction among U.S. states of having been, for a decade in the 19th century, its own nation. That history of independence, that lingering pride …Texas
LAS VEGAS — For months, Latino activists frustrated by President Obama’s inability to overhaul the immigration system have pressed Hillary Rodham Clinton about what she would do differently.
On Tuesday, she tried to answer those pleas. At a campaign event here, Mrs. Clinton, surrounded by children …Hillary Clinton
WASHINGTON — The Senate gave final approval Tuesday to the first joint congressional budget plan in six years, ratifying a 10-year blueprint that would cut spending by $5.3 trillion, overhaul programs for the poor, repeal President Obama’s health care law and ostensibly produce a balanced budget in …Public Finance
Economists can't agree on the right ways to fight inequality.
Around this time last year, Warren Buffett seemed stumped by the question of minimum wage. "I thought about it for 50 years and I just don't know the answer on it," he told CNN. He hinted at the direction he was leaning—if minimum wage …Warren Buffett
How lawmakers championing states' rights and small businesses came to endorse government-sanctioned cartels
Today’s Tea Party is at the height of its influence and power. Its representation in Congress has never been greater. It has become a powerful force in many states, including the big enchilada …Tea Party
Eighth-graders continue to display far-from-sufficient knowledge about geography, civics, and history.
American eighth-graders continue to demonstrate lackluster knowledge and skills when asked basic questions about U.S. history, geography, and civics. New data shows that only between 18 and 27 …Education
The outbreak of cases in rural Indiana has forced a skeptical Governor Mike Pence to authorize—and extend—a needle-exchange program.
In the summer of 2009, then-Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana voted with nearly every other Republican to keep in place a 21-year-old ban on federal funding for …Republicans
It's widely believed that turnover is high among novice educators, but new data suggests that very few of them leave after their first year.
Despite previous reports that new teachers are ditching their professions in record numbers, new federal data suggest that a grand majority of novice classroom …Education
The traditional view that an influx of new workers takes work away from native-born Americans is only part of the story.
When critics of immigration make their case, they often point to the labor market. The argument goes something like this: An increase in the supply of workers creates additional …Immigration
When patients show up in the hospital without health insurance, they often receive charity care — the hospital treats the person and then swallows some or all of the costs.
It's central to the mission of many nonprofit hospitals, particularly those serving low-income areas.
"That's why we're here, …Hospitals
Brand-name drugs to treat heartburn, diabetes, depression and other common afflictions of the elderly were among the most expensive drains on the federal government's Medicare prescription benefit, costing more than $1 billion each in 2013, newly released data show.
The federal government popped the …Medicine
No Republican has ever won the White House without winning Ohio. That's exactly the argument Ohio Gov. John Kasich is making for why Republicans should choose him as their nominee in 2016.
"I will tell you that you can't be president if you don't win Ohio. That's not even a question," Kasich said …Ohio
Most technology has been getting faster, smaller, and cheaper, every year. Everything except batteries.
This is not just a problem for the iPhone 6 Plus owners of the world. It's holding back two of the biggest technological revolutions in the world: electric cars and solar power. A better, cheaper …Batteries
As Scott Walker has transformed himself from a three-time statewide winner in blue-leaning Wisconsin to a hard-right Republican primary candidate, he has jumped to the head of the pack in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Walker’s re-creation of his political identity is a test of whether a Republican …Scott Walker
Republicans in Congress keep coming up with new ways to drive home the point: Immigration is bad; fear it.
This week it’s a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee on a fringe subject that is forever on the wish list of the restrictionist crowd: Ditching the birthright citizenship clause of the …Immigration
One of the more disturbing aspects of the Bush administration’s twisted justifications for torturing prisoners after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks was that the C.I.A.’s jailers were using medical personnel to monitor interrogations and essentially give their blessing to the abuse.
Late Thursday, Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla, said the company will starting selling the batteries that are used in its luxury cars for use in homes and businesses. The home versions of the batteries, called Powerwall, will cost $3,000 for a 7 kilowatt-hour model and $3,500 for a 10 …Batteries
It is hard to overstate the extent to which work no longer results in a decent paycheck and a rising standard of living in this country. The portion of the economic pie that goes to working people is currently near the smallest on record, in data going back to 1947. Similarly, the gap between …Tax Credits
Software designers have a term — “minimal viable product” — to describe early versions of things like iPhone apps that they can rush to market. The idea is to get something out and refine it as you go along. That’s the argument being made for a measure in Congress that would modify the Patriot Act …Patriot Act
In recent years, the fast-growing popularity of solar panels has intensified a central challenge: how to use the sun’s energy when it isn’t shining.
Now, Tesla Motors, the maker of luxury electric sedans, says it is taking a big step toward meeting that challenge with a fleet of battery systems …Energy
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — This is an altogether different Kentucky Derby. It hasn’t been hijacked by bombastic owners. There has been no need to manufacture story lines. No, for the first time since I have been coming here, the horses are the genuine stars and there is a sense that the 141st running of …Kentucky Derby
Loretta Lynch and the Dysfunctional SenateThough he began his political life as a moderate, Mitch McConnell has evolved into a fierce conservative …Republicans
The CatastropheSpalding Gray’s brain injury.What role did the car crash and the damage to his frontal lobes play in his decline? Photograph by Noah …Neurology
Governor Greg Abbott's (R-Texas) decision to deploy the Texas State Guard to monitor a US military training exercise was met with puzzlement by the White House on Wednesday.
"I have no idea what he's thinking," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told a news conference. The eight-week training known …Texas
WASHINGTON — The American Psychological Association secretly collaborated with the administration of President George W. Bush to bolster a legal and ethical justification for the torture of prisoners swept up in the post-Sept. 11 war on terror, according to a new report by a group of dissident …Torture
It's no longer a debatable claim to say that the 2015 legislative session has ventured into uncharted territory.
The session jumped off the rails at …Florida Legislature
The reach of the U.S. military is virtually endless, with nearly every nation on earth having some kind of American armed forces presence. The …Military
I plan to write a great deal about the short-term prospects for clean energy, both economic and political, but I want to begin life here at Vox with …Renewable Energy