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The States Trying to Pass Laws Protecting Drivers Who Hit Protesters

August 16, 2017 Florida State Senator George Gainer wants to make one thing clear: His bill was never a license to assault demonstrators. While the bill he sponsored in February, S.B. 1096, would have granted civil immunity to drivers who strike protesters with their vehicles, the fatal assault in Charlottesville on Saturday is...

New York City Guarantees a Lawyer to Every Resident Facing Eviction

August 14, 2017 On Friday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law an act that guarantees legal representation to any low-income resident facing eviction. This is the first law in the nation to establish a right to counsel in housing cases, the culmination of a push by activists and organizers...

D.C. Hosted a Hackathon for Making Better Paperwork. Try To Control Your Excitement.

August 9, 2017 On a punishingly hot Saturday morning in July, dozens of D.C. residents filed into a college auditorium to talk about paperwork. Not to fill anything out, mind you. No one was sacrificing an opportunity to snooze on a blistering summer weekend morning for the sake of checking a major chore...

Los Angeles Will Get a Third Shot at the Summer Olympics

August 1, 2017 Los Angeles will host the Summer Games in 2028, marking the third time the city has held an Olympics and a return of the mega-event to the U.S. for the first time in more than 30 years. According to the Los Angeles Times, the International Olympic Committee will announce later...

Too Many People Are Calling 911. Here's a Better Way.

July 20, 2017 One out of every five phone calls to 911 in Memphis is a mistake. Of the 130,000 emergency calls in 2016, some 25,000 of them are really non-emergency calls, for everything from misdiagnosed stroke symptoms to simple sore throats. The city dispatches thousands of ambulances to residents who really just...

The Dark Architecture of National Security

June 10, 2017 All that is known about this photo for sure is that it was taken after 1986. The Headquarters Building for the National Security Agency is the one in the back, a modest nine-story structure that resembles an anonymous apartment complex. It was completed in 1963; the lower, mall-shaped building, Operations...

Trump's Border Wall Won't Be a Wall

March 16, 2017 The federal government has once again extended its timeline for accepting bids to design and build a prototype for the border wall with Mexico. The latest update to the federal presolicitation, which U.S. Customs and Border Protection first released back in February, marks a change in course for the project...

The Firm That Built the Border Fence Isn't Interested in the Border Wall

March 10, 2017 Late on Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency announced that it will delay its plans to select a design for the border wall with Mexico. While vendors looking to build President Donald Trump’s wall had anticipated that request for proposals to be released on Wednesday, it now...

Here's What Global Building Companies Say About Designing Trump's Wall

March 7, 2017 On Febuary 24, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency announced a solicitation for the design and construction of the U.S. border wall with Mexico. That offer, which drew the interest of scores of companies, gave a deadline for wall prototype concepts of Friday, March 10. But the agency has...

Almost 200 Firms Have Bid To Build Trump's Border Wall

February 28, 2017 The federal government’s solicitation for the design and construction of a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico has already drawn interest from nearly 200 construction and engineering firms, just days after the notice first appeared. Companies from 41 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have signaled their...