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Fixing the Golden State
Fixing the Golden State
For Now, No Six Flags Over California

A plan to break California up into six smaller states didn’t collect enough valid signatures to force itself onto a ballot. But California remains too big to function effectively, and some kind of decentralization is necessary.

Fixing the Golden State
California Partition: Not as Crazy as it Sounds

Splitting California into six states doesn’t stand a chance in the state legislature or Congress, but venture capitalist Tim Draper’s effort to put the question before voters isn’t as farcical as it may seem.

Fixing the Golden State
Cutting California Down To Size

One California venture capitalist has latched on to one of our favorite ideas: splitting up California into a number of different states. As CNN reports, Tim Draper has proposed a ballot initiative to create six states out of the former Golden State. Make no mistake: it’s potentially one of the most important reform possibilities in the US.

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Xi who must be obeyed

The Chinese President’s new status as “core” leader will strengthen his hand, but rifts remain within the Party.

Deal or No Deal

The answer isn’t straightforward, and it’s likely to be decided by our next president.

Asia's Game of Thrones

As Duterte continues to slam the U.S. and look to China, Japan is caught in an awkward position.


By snubbing nuclear power, Berlin has consigned itself to decades of coal dependence.

The European Immigration Crisis

There is nothing so permanent as a temporary measure.

Miracles Can Happen

It’s probably not a model for the country (as some analysts would have it), but it shows that compromise is possible when all parties involved are committed to finding a practical solution.

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