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Enforcement Works
Burien, Washington, a working-class city of 50,000 near Seattle, has adopted a new approach to homelessness. Like all cities in the Puget Sound region, Burien has struggled with chronic homelessness, addiction, and public camping in recent years. But
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I Apologize For This Article
Senator Elizabeth Warren has apologized—again—to Native Americans for the DNA tests she took to determine if she’s really part Cherokee. Speaking at a forum in Sioux City, Iowa, earlier this week, she said, “Like anyone who has been honest with thems
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It’s Not About the Soybeans
Anyone who says that Donald Trump is unable to learn on the job hasn’t been paying attention to how much his insight into a host of key problems has deepened over three years. But the president would do us a favor if he would clearly explain, above a
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Why Budget Negotiations Succeed—and Why They Fail
Brian Riedl joins Shai Akabas to discuss the U.S. federal budget, budget negotiations, and why Congress hasn’t addressed the rising national debt—even as it gets worse. The case for a “grand deal” on the budget has never been more evident: within a d
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Boris’s Brain
The rise of Boris Johnson to leadership of Britain has drawn attention to his top strategist, Dominic Cummings, the director of the 2016 Brexit campaign. As Johnson’s chief advisor, Cummings is effectively the CEO of the British government. His prior
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Where Has the Money Gone?
In 2009, San Francisco’s municipal budget totaled $6.5 billion—$8.6 billion in today’s dollars, adjusted for inflation and population. San Francisco’s budget for 2019 is an eye-popping $12.2 billion, a 10 percent increase just since 2018. The city ha
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Learning from Greenland
President Trump may not buy the autonomous Danish territory, but America can take a lesson from its experience with bureaucrat-planned housing.
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Cool the Recession Talk
Economic indicators point to continued, moderate growth, despite the prognostications of the pundit class.
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From Tiananmen Square to Hong Kong
As pro-democracy protests continue in the former British colony, we should keep in mind that China’s Communist leaders have changed little since 1989.
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Thoughts On The Death Of Jeffrey Epstein
It’s not implausible that a man facing life in prison would find the means to kill himself.
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We Can’t Imagine What Cops Go Through
Recent NYPD suicides should remind us to appreciate the trauma associated with police work.
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“Affirmative Consent” as a Legal Standard?
An effort to bring campus procedures rigged against defendants into criminal law has stalled—but advocates will try again.
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America’s Outdated Power Grid
James B. Meigs joins Seth Barron to discuss last month’s power blackout in Manhattan, California’s self-inflicted energy crisis, and potential energy sources for the future. “As power outages go,” Meigs writes, “the Broadway Blackout of 2019 was pret
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China Strikes Back—Sort Of
China has upped the ante in its trade dispute with the United States. By allowing the yuan to fall on foreign exchange markets, Beijing has shown how far it will go in response to existing U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods, as well as additional ones now
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Expanding the Educational Pie
Controversy surrounds New York City’s selective-admission high schools and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to change the time-honored path by which students gain entry to them; the dispute largely concerns how to ration the limited supply of a valued com
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In Government Property We Trust
Burdened with sky-high and still-rising government-pension costs, states have sought creative ways to come up with new revenue. Some ideas, like an Illinois proposal to borrow more than $100 billion and invest the money in the stock market, have been
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Europe’s Fading Cosmopolitan Dream
In headier days, Europe’s leaders dreamed of a multicultural continent, its aging cities saved by millions of new migrants eager to join a stable, prosperous urbanity. This was the promise behind former U.K. prime minister Tony Blair’s Cool Britannia
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The Mysterious, Outrageous Death of Jeffrey Epstein
Here are a few things I know firsthand about being in jail. First and foremost, you have virtually no control over your life and surroundings. You can’t get so much as an aspirin without authorization. In most jails, you can’t wear a belt, or shoelac
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Community Dies in Darkness
Statistics confirm bleak prospects for local print newspapers, an irreplaceable cultural foundation for cities and towns.
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America’s Identity Crisis
The road to sanity, and away from political violence, starts with an appreciation of a shared national character.
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The U.S.–China Trade War Heats Up
Milton Ezrati joins Paul Beston to discuss escalating trade tensions between the United States and China. The Trump administration announced new tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods last week, prompting China to order its state-owned busine
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Re-sinking CUNY
The City University of New York moves to eliminate objective testing—reversing the very reforms that had pulled it out of a long decline.
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Darker Days Ahead?
The El Paso and Dayton shootings brought the 2020 presidential election, and America’s future, into sharp and disturbing focus.
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Again, and Again
Most people, said La Rochefoucauld, would never fall in love if they’d never heard of it. Whether or not it is true of love, it might be true of mass shootings—that is, one mass shooting encourages another, so that they seem to come in clusters, pili
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Naked, Angry, and Alone
Early last month, 29-year-old Christopher Morisette rampaged through the streets of Seattle, stabbing three pedestrians with a steel folding knife, then stripped off his clothes and ran naked across a freeway interchange, where he was arrested. In th
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The New Disorder: Urban Dysfunction Returns
Steven Malanga and Rafael Mangual join Seth Barron to discuss concerns that lawlessness is returning to American cities, a theme that Malanga and Mangual explore in separate feature stories in the Summer 2019 Issue of City Journal. Memories of the ur
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Citizenship and American Identity
Civis Romanus sum: “I am a Roman citizen!” Two thousand years ago, those words protected one throughout the Roman Empire, imposing strict limits on the punishments that public authorities might inflict. Today, we’re seeing a powerful conflict between
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In Defense of Hometowns
A Federal Reserve report warns about Americans’ declining mobility—but should remaining committed to one’s community be regarded as a fault?
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Britain’s Uncertain Future
As new prime minister Boris Johnson prepares to take Great Britain out of the EU, his political opponents remain out of touch with the country they represent.
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Madness and Society
At six o’clock each morning, the alcoholics, addicts, and mentally ill residents of San Donato Val di Comino, Italy, emerge from their homes and congregate—sometimes together, but mostly alone—in the cafés around the town’s main square. Some of the h
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