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For Dan Balz's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

New York readies for a left turn at City Hall

Oct 20, 2013

New York readies for a left turn at City Hall

After two decades under the leadership of Michael Bloomberg and Rudolph Giuliani, New York appears headed for a sharp left turn when voters select a new mayor in November. “I’m a progressive,” said Bill de Blasio, the city’s public advocate and dominant front-runner in ...

Deep political divisions at root of U.S. shutdown

Oct 6, 2013

Deep political divisions at root of U.S. shutdown

The government shutdown did not happen by accident. It is the latest manifestation — an extreme one by any measure — of divisions long in the making and now deeply embedded in the country’s politics. At some point, presumably, the current standoff will end. ...

Detroit renews urban policy debate

| Jul 20, 2013

Detroit renews urban policy debate

A national urban policy would not have saved Detroit, but the city’s bankruptcy filing Thursday was a vivid reminder of how the problems of America’s cities have long ceased to be a focal point of the political debate in presidential campaigns or on Capitol ...