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New York Blues
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De Blasio Bumps NYC Minimum Wage

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

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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.

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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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Putin's Retirement Plan?

The sanctioned Russian bank VTB, a Kremlin favorite, had a critical role to play in the sale of a government oil company stake last month. Cui bono?

the grass is always greener

The GOP has spent altogether too much energy raging against the Affordable Care Act and altogether too little developing and building support for alternatives.

Law & Order

A new study estimates just how much police reduce crime rates.

Crude Economics

It’s not enough to balance supply and demand—petrostates need to contend with crude in storage, as well.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Do the defense minister’s words signify a rift within Manila’s top leadership?


Over the weekend, PEOTUS assured Britain of a speedy bilateral trade deal as soon as he’s in office. If things go well for Britain, look to some other wavering EU countries to start looking at their options.

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