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Poll: Spending on Infrastructure Is a Top Priority for Americans

January 21, 2015 As President Barack Obama gave the State of the Union address last night, House Speaker John Boehner sat on his hands for certain ideas and proposals. That's to be expected: These guys play for different teams. And these formalities have to be taken with a grain of salt. That Boehner ...

Why D.C. Better Hope It Wins the U.S. Olympic Bid

January 8, 2015 Lately, a dream has overtaken fans of Washington, D.C.'s professional football team. The idea is that the team's owner, Dan Snyder, will move the team to Los Angeles, a larger media market, with the promise that D.C. gets a new expansion team within three years. You can blame Bill Simmons ...

No More Winter 'Dibs' on Parking Spots

January 6, 2015 This winter, Boston's South End neighborhood embarks on a bold experiment in social engineering. With the mayor's blessing, The Boston Globe reports, the neighborhood has banned the popular practice of "dibs." What happens next could undermine Boston's reputation for extreme social grace under foul-weather pressure. Kidding, of course. Boston in ...

How Hard Will New Home-Loan Limits Hit Veterans?

December 31, 2014 For the record, the 113th Congress was not the least-productive legislative body in recent history. That dubious distinction belongs to the 112th Congress (thanks,Pew Research Center). But give the ol' 113th credit for (not) trying. In one of its final actions, or lack thereof, the 113th Congress failed to extend ...

Is Memphis Making (Another) Massive Mistake With Its Pyramid?

December 8, 2014 "Quite frankly, what revenue-producing, tax-producing activities would be well suited to be located in a pyramid?" Such a churlish question from Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton, Jr.! Pyramids make excellent seats of administrative power, long-term storage solutions for environmentally hazardous sarcophagi, and transit terminals to other metaphysical dimensions. A pyramid's potential ...

Why TSA's PreCheck Screening Program Is a Bad Idea

December 2, 2014 On Sunday, one of the busiest travel days of the year, security lines at Chicago Midway International Airport reportedly stretched a mile long. One-point-two miles, in fact, but never mind: The number needn't be precise to be petrifying. The mere fact that so many travelers were queuing up with a ...

Why Is the Smithsonian Standing Behind Bill Cosby?

November 24, 2014 Bill Cosby did not want to talk about rape with the Associated Press. That muchhe made clear in an interview with AP arts reporter Brett Zongker, who interviewed Cosby and his wife, Camille, upon the opening of an exhibit of their collection of African American art at the Smithsonian’s National ...

Marion Barry, D.C.'s 'Mayor for Life,' Dies at Age 78

November 23, 2014 Marion Barry, the man known as the Mayor for Life in Washington, D.C., the city that he served for decades, died early this morning. The District is mourning a complicated man who steered the city through periods of devastation and renewal. Many people who don't live in D.C. can't wrap ...

A What's-Next Moment for San Francisco's Housing Crisis

November 20, 2014 The San Francisco Planning Department swears that its new video campaign on the city's housing crisis isn't advocacy. A spokesperson for the department says that the video it released this week, which runs nearly six minutes, is strictly informational. "We want it to spark the appetite," says communications manager Gina ...

D.C. Breaks Ground on Housing for Homeless Vets

November 11, 2014 On Veterans Day, performers including Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, and Eminem will play the first-ever Concert for Valor on the National Mall. It's a salute to the nation's veterans and armed forces, who have been deployed at war for nearly 15 years now, and it will feature figures including Oprah Winfrey ...