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New York Blues
New York Blues
De Blasio Bumps NYC Minimum Wage

Wealthy cities like New York can often only afford progressive policies when the economy is booming.

New York Blues
In NY Politics, Business as Usual Beats Reform

New York’s new state budget protects business as usual in the state from meaningful reform. That means NYC will continue to be terribly governed.

New York Blues
Blue Model Driving NYC Bookstores over the Edge

An NYT writer laments the decline of the city’s independent booksellers due to high rents. We wonder if blue model policies have something to do with that.

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Bill de Blasio Suffering Hollande-like Slide in Approval

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s approval ratings have fallen to 39 percent—just over half of his total in last year’s election. It’s still early, but this is not a good start for the standard bearer of the Democrats’ liberal wing.

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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.

Putin on a show?

Russia’s advantage in Syria is a matter of political will, not technical capability.

Higher Education Watch

Colleges make resident assistants “mandatory reporters” for potential Title IX violations.

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