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Why We Can't Have Nice Things
Why We Can't Have Nice Things
The Trouble with Infrastructure

Making America’s infrastructure great again will take more than political will and money.

Why We Can't Have Nice Things
Leaked DC Metro Budget Raises Fares, Cuts Service

Is Metro in a slow spiral to obsolescence?

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Is the Second Avenue Subway Behind Schedule?

An expert working on the project cautions the MTA may miss its next deadline.

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California Scales Back High-Speed Rail Plans Again

Déjà vu all over again.

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The Sorry, Dangerous State of NJ Transit

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

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Twice the Price for Half the Speed

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

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Pensions Consuming State Infrastructure Budgets

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

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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.

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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?

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Can Washington Make the Trains Run on Time?

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

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Crude Economics

America’s rig count is rising, and it’s only going to climb further after OPEC’s decision to cut output.

Crude Economics

Moscow just promised to cut its oil output, but that promise rings hollow.

Asia's Game of Thrones

China’s seizure of Singapore’s troop carriers is a power move that sends a signal about Beijing’s displeasure with the Lion City.

Burma's Rohingyas

Outrage at Myanmar’s leader for her inaction on the Rohingya demonstrates the continuing failure of human rights activists to understand the world or develop wise strategies for dealing with it.

Looking Ahead

Nancy Pelosi’s re-election at House Minority Leader suggests that even the 2016 disaster has not yet weakened the establishment’s iron grip over Democratic power centers.

The Vapors

The inability of U.S. diplomats to explain Trump and his worldview to their foreign interlocutors is likely to be a more serious problem for American foreign policy than any early flubs by the President-elect.

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