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Perhaps proximity to the North Pole has its advantages. On December 7, Santa Claus (a.k.a. the Minneapolis City Council) delivered an early holiday gift to Twin Cities urbanists: several key zoning reforms, neatly packaged in an 1100-page comprehensive plan. YIMBYs around the country have been following the pitched battle over the plan’s most revolutionary feature:…

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The firing of Professor Marc Lamont Hill as a CNN contributor after his speech at a United Nations event commemorating the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People has generated considerable debate about free speech that goes beyond the case itself—what is legitimate criticism of Israel, and what constitutes anti-Semitism. A recent University of Maryland…

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Why didn’t parliament vote on the Brexit deal? On Tuesday, British members of Parliament (MPs) were scheduled to hold a “meaningful vote” on the Brexit deal: a 585-page withdrawal agreement negotiated over 16 months and a 26-page political declaration on the future relationship between the U.K. and EU. But on Monday, British Prime Minister Theresa…

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At a conference in Marrakech, Morocco this week, 164 of the 193 members of the United Nations adopted the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration. Negotiations to create the ambitious agreement began two years ago, but the Trump Administration withdrew at the end of 2017, declaring that the Compact would “undermine the sovereign…

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The November 27 Senate hearing on the activities of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) highlighted the shortcomings of applying industrial-era thinking to internet-era challenges. It is a situation exacerbated by the Trump Administration’s bias of companies over consumers. The new digital reality calls for both expansive regulatory oversight as well as legislative action. In response…

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Optimism that America will finally address its massive infrastructure problem is on the rise – and understandably so. The Trump Administration is still attempting to fulfill their infrastructure campaign pledge and Democrats have long supported rebuilding the country’s crumbling infrastructure. However, a bipartisan infrastructure overhaul is likely stuck in neutral for the reason we’ve been… ...

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About half a decade ago, I visited Lahore, Pakistan to assess the fiscal sustainability of the State of Punjab. During my visit, I witnessed a rather curious phenomenon: electricity went off for exactly three seconds every half hour, every day, every week. This mysterious rhythm, which at first did not seem to bother anyone, was…

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Los venezolanos que han huido del país ya superan los 3 millones, con más de un millón en Colombia. Las autoridades colombianas han declarado que esperan que la cantidad de venezolanos en el país se duplique en los próximos 12 meses. Venezuela parece estar atrapada trágicamente en una perversa 'trampa maltusiana' moderna, donde la falta…

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Painful though it may be, the United States needs to begin the work of pulling back from its overwhelming involvements in the Middle East. This is the conclusion we draw in our new Foreign Affairs article, “America’s Middle East Purgatory: The Case for Doing Less.” At a time when U.S. interests in the Middle East…

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Since 9/11, 3.3 million Americans have served in uniform. As of November 14, 2018, the Pentagon reports that 6,918 have died and 52,774 have been wounded in action, but as experts discussed at a recent event, this is just a fraction of those who are estimated to have been adversely impacted by the longest war…

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