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Why We Can't Have Nice Things
Why We Can't Have Nice Things
California Scales Back High-Speed Rail Plans Again

Déjà vu all over again.

Why We Can't Have Nice Things
The Sorry, Dangerous State of NJ Transit

Christie is right to see waste in infrastructure, but his strategy for combatting it isn’t working.

Why We Can't Have Nice Things
Twice the Price for Half the Speed

The Acela is yet another case study in why U.S. infrastructure is so bad.

Why We Can't Have Nice Things
Pensions Consuming State Infrastructure Budgets

Despite historically low interest rates, state and local investment in infrastructure is flagging.

Why We Can't Have Nice Things
Trump Calls for $500 Billion Infrastructure Stimulus

But he (like Clinton) would do nothing to address the fact that U.S. infrastructure is too expensive and too shoddily-constructed.

Why We Can't Have Nice Things
Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure Isn’t Just About the Money

Today’s arguments for infrastructure investments could as easily have been made—and indeed were made—every year since the recession. Why would they be more persuasive now?

Why We Can't Have Nice Things
Can Washington Make the Trains Run on Time?

There are, in fact, some effective ways to limit the power of public transportation unions.

Why We Can't Have Nice Things
Why Are America’s Urban Mass Transit Systems in Crisis?

We don’t spend too little on mass transit. We just spend it in all the wrong places.

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Border Bluster

Russia continues to taunt Georgia by moving the border of South Ossetia, but don’t expect a change in policy from Tbilisi.

brave new world

We need to carefully think through a lot of our assumptions about gender roles, and build kinds of educational and social systems to help our boys succeed.

Theft in Broad Daylight

This is not your everyday bank failure in Russia.

Asia's Game of Thrones

As he heads to Japan, Duterte is once again denouncing U.S. military involvement in the Pacific. Can Tokyo push back?

The Cracks Start to Widen

Again, the question supporters of the law will have to answer centers on sustainability: is the health system that Obamacare establishes something that can really last?

Crude Economics

That OPEC production cut is going to have to fall on the Saudis’ shoulders—if it’s to happen at all.

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