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A Boon for Lawyers, Not for Kids
Can we sue our way to a better child-welfare system? Yes, according to Children’s Rights, a watchdog group that grew out of the ACLU and has filed class actions in almost half the states. The group’s mission is to “hold governments accountable for ke
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Australia’s China Syndrome
Australia continues to benefit from China’s rise, though few countries are more threatened by its expanding power. Once closely tied to the British Commonwealth, and later to the United States, the Australian subcontinent, with only 24 million people
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Bloomberg’s Complicated Legacy
Seth Barron talks with four City Journal contributors—Rafael Mangual, Eric Kober, Ray Domanico, and Steven Malanga—about former New York City mayor and now presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg’s record on crime, education, economic development, and
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Finding Hope in Baltimore
Alec MacGillis discussed Baltimore's present challenges and hopeful future with City Journal assistant editor Charles F. McElwee. MacGillis covers politics and government for ProPublica. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, New York
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Lofty Ambitions
Fourteen subway lines serve the Lower Manhattan neighborhoods of Soho and Noho (South of Houston Street and North of Houston Street, respectively), making them among the city’s most transit-accessible areas. Nonetheless, due to restrictive zoning and
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A Divisive, Historically Dubious Curriculum
In 1858, Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln debated the nature of America’s soul. Douglas argued that the Founders believed that the claim in the Declaration of Independence—“all men are created equal”—applied only to whites. They were indifferent t
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Breaking the Routine
With an eye toward the approaching campaign, President Trump tests new political moves at home and abroad.
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Deadly Superstitions in London
If the most recent terrorist attack in London had been an episode in a novel by a social satirist, it would have been dismissed as too crude or absurd to be plausible. Nothing like it could ever take place in reality. Last week, Usman Khan attended a
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Getting New Urbanism Right
Lewis McCrary covered the state of New Urbanism, traditional architecture, suburbia, and more with City Journal assistant editor Charles F. McElwee. McCrary, executive editor of The American Conservative, began his career in journalism as an editoria
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If You Let Them, They Will Build
California’s housing crisis, particularly in the Bay Area, is notorious and well covered, with news stories chronicling homeless encampments, “pod” housing, and people forced to live in cars. But a surprising and encouraging piece of news emerged fro
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Building Civil Society: A Conversation
Howard Husock interviews four remarkable leaders of nonprofit groups who were recently honored as part of Manhattan Institute’s Civil Society Awards and Civil Society Fellows Program. Manhattan Institute and City Journal have long sought to support a
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A Tired and Skeptical Electorate
The British, we hear, are in a restive mood. Ever since the vote to leave the EU in 2016, the working assumption of British politics has been that there is an appetite for radical change. Since the Brexit referendum, voters have been defined by two t
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Labour’s Lethal Manifesto
Though it’s unlikely that the party will win the upcoming election in Britain, its platform signals dark days ahead.
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Un-Total Recall
Recently, a writer in The New York Review of Books characterized 2019 as “dystopian.” If he believes that 2019 is dystopian, then how might he characterize 1919, 1929, 1939, and the other ninth years of decades between then and now? In 1919, a segreg
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The CDC Proves Trump Right on Vaping
Stirring up a public panic with more bad science, the Centers for Disease Control confirms its own incompetence.
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Let People Be Wrong
Some people are wrong on the Internet, right now. Some are wrong in your social media feeds, and there’s a good chance you’re already friends with at least one such person. People get things wrong all the time. Other people being wrong presents you w
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When First Choice Is Second Best
San Francisco’s election of a radical district attorney owes as much to its unusual voting system as to its progressive politics.
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Parking Madness
In 1954, New York City started letting drivers park on public streets overnight for free, abandoning the stance that streets are public conveyances, not private driveways. The city defied complaints that street parking slowed traffic, interfered with
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Treatment with Dignity
New York’s mental health court system is a proven success that deserves recognition and continued support.
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Donors Beware
Universities and museums find it harder and harder to accept financial gifts that don’t set off political controversy.
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Bill Barr’s Federalist Sequel
Rarely do cabinet officers leave even a ripple behind on the sea of history, but among those few we remember as shaping our nation’s fate—Treasury Secretaries Alexander Hamilton or Andrew Mellon, for instance, or Secretary of State George C. Marshall
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Bloomberg Renounces
The former New York mayor and budding presidential candidate apologizes for his record as a crime-fighter in America’s safest big city.
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Europe and Its Enemies
In 1989, as the Soviet empire was imploding, Alexander Arbatov, a diplomatic advisor to Mikhail Gorbachev, addressed a brilliant remark to Westerners: “We are going to do something terrible to you. You will no longer have an enemy.” The disappearance
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The Return of Multigenerational Housing
Upon graduation from Harvard Law School, I will return to live in my childhood home in Astoria, Queens with my mother, grandmother, and younger brother. I could pay $3,000 a month for a small one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan, but that’s impractical
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Seattle’s Course: Harder Left
Three weeks before the elections for Seattle city council, moderate candidates appeared to be poised for victory. An opinion poll from the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce showed widespread discontent with the existing council. Voters in ever
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No Californians Need Apply
As public-sector problems go, Idaho has a good one: too many people want to live there. According to Census Bureau data, Idaho is now tied with Nevada as the fastest-growing state in the union, in percentage terms. From 2010 to 2018, the state’s popu
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One Trade School’s Path to Success
Kay S. Hymowitz joins City Journal editor Brian Anderson to discuss Pennsylvania’s Williamson College of the Trades, a three-year school for young men offering a debt-free path to high-paying work—and the life skills to help them get there. “Trade sc
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DACA In The Dock
The future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program comes before the Supreme Court today—more than two years after the Trump administration moved to terminate it. Regardless of the merits of DACA as policy, President Trump’s decis
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A Battle of Voting Margins
Election results in Pennsylvania suggest a political realignment for Democrats in statewide politics but a furious battle for the state’s electoral votes in 2020.
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San Francisco’s New Anti-Police D.A.
A city increasingly overrun by crime and squalor elects decriminalization advocate Chesa Boudin as district attorney.
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