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For divided GOP, election proves no end to debate

/ | Nov 6, 2013

For divided GOP, election proves no end to debate

Tuesday's elections, which produced a resounding Republican victory in New Jersey and a dispiriting loss for the GOP in Virginia, highlighted the challenges ahead for a badly divided party — and will probably intensify an internal debate about how to win back the White ...

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 the ...

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. The ...

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 ...

Bush library revives focus on maligned presidency

/ Apr 29, 2013

Bush library revives focus on maligned presidency

George W. Bush returned to the spotlight last week for the dedication of his presidential library, an event that has triggered fresh public debate about his eight fateful years in office. But he has re-emerged with a better public image than when he left ...