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Would Anyone Design Trump's Border Wall?

March 8, 2016 If for no other reason, history will remember the 2016 presidential election for Donald Trump’s campaign promise to build a wall across the entire Mexico–U.S. border. Set aside for a moment the rather vexing question of whether Trump will win the White House. Let’s focus on the pitch that could...

Why Are There So Many Copies of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall?

February 23, 2016 The U.S. Army needs a copy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and it needs it fast. On Friday, the Army posted a solicitation for a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. The National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, needs a memorial—something just like the famous wall designed by...

Report: The U.S. Will Restore Commercial Flights to Cuba

February 16, 2016 Travel to Cuba is getting easier by the day, but Americans still aren't totally free to vacation there. Tourists are going to have to wait a little bit longer to enjoy some Havana nights. On Tuesday, the U.S. government will announce a new agreement with Cuba that will restore commercial...

A Sudden Federal U-Turn on Highway Sign Fonts

January 27, 2016 In a notice posted in the Federal Register on Monday, the U.S. Federal Highway Administration announced a small change that has huge implications for the nation. The agency terminated an order it had issued back in 2004 approving the use of a new font in highway signs. Now those signs...

The Federal Highway Administration's Sudden U-Turn on Highway Fonts

January 27, 2016 In a notice posted in the Federal Register on Monday, the U.S. Federal Highway Administration announced a small change that has huge implications for the nation. The agency terminated an order it had issued back in 2004 approving the use of a new font in highway signs. Now those signs...

Why the Obama Presidential Library Is Bound To Fail

December 24, 2015 Chicago took a blow this week as the architects selected as finalists to design the library for President Barack Obama in Chicago were announced. Just one of the seven architects named by the Barack Obama Foundation is from Chicago. “The dearth of Chicago finalists was a disappointment for the city,...

Donald Trump Banned From This City?

December 8, 2015 Donald Trump took a big step forward Monday in his ongoing live reenactment of The Plot Against America. At a rally in South Carolina, the Republican presidential candidate called for a ban on Muslims entering the country. His proposal, while nakedly unconstitutional, drew cheers from the crowd and half-jeers from...

Mayors Want More Syrian Refugees Than Governors Do

November 19, 2015 Eighteen mayors signed a letter in September telling President Barack Obama that they could take in even more Syrian refugees. The leaders of New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and other cities urged the president to increase the number of refugees that the U.S. plans to admit. Since the November...

Should HUD Ban Smoking in Public Housing?

November 13, 2015 In one sense, the case for a federal smoking ban in public housing is plain: Smoking is terrible, and smoking bans in public places are good for the public. Most landlords don’t allow their tenants to smoke indoors because smoking is a fire hazard; when it comes to public housing,...

Segregating Charlotte With 'Public Safety Zones'

October 15, 2015 Police in Charlotte, North Carolina, are planning an ordinance that is so vigorously unconstitutional, so wolf-faced crazy from concept to execution, that it may win an award for Most Bonkers Public Policy proposed for a city this year—this decade, even. Let’s assume that every member of the Charlotte City Council...