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Portland among US cities adding funds to police departments

Night after night, hundreds of people marched the streets of Oregon’s largest city, demanding racial justice after the murder of George Floyd by a white officer. Among the rallying cries were “defund the police” — a call for elected officials to reallocate some law enforcement funding elsewhere. In June 2020, the Portland City Council and

Michael Barone

Opinion: Bill de Blasio Is On the Way Out, But His Mindset Lingers

As his two terms as New York’s mayor approach their end, and long after his presidential campaign ended with a whimper, Bill de Blasio has chimed in with one last act of destruction: a proposal to end the public schools’ entry-by-exam gifted and talented program for first graders. De Blasio’s gripe is that selection by

Opinion

Opinion: Escape from New York

With great reluctance, my wife, the ever comely Suzanne Hall, and I are leaving New York City. Why? It is because of the socialist, police hating, loony left that let the city and state burn while imposing the highest taxes in the nation. It is driving out the wealthy who pay a huge part of

Infrastructure

After Ida’s fury, infrastructure key in preventing misery

Deadly flooding delivered to the Northeast by the torrential rains of what remained of Hurricane Ida has brought a new urgency and a fresh look to how roads, sewers, bridges and other infrastructure must be improved to prevent such a catastrophe from happening again. The world is changing and “our whole mindset, the playbook that

History

HOLY COW! HISTORY: September’s Strange Straw Hat Riot

Fashion fads come and go. But rarely do they lead to violence. Rarer still do they trigger a riot. Yet that’s exactly what happened exactly 99 years ago this month. It’s a tale both hard to believe and almost totally forgotten: This is the story of New York’s Straw Hat Riot. The early 1900s saw

COVID-19

More US cities requiring proof of vaccination to go places

Hold on to that vaccination card. A rapidly growing number of places across the U.S. are requiring people to show proof they have been inoculated against COVID-19 to teach school, work at a hospital, see a concert or eat inside a restaurant. Following New York City’s lead, New Orleans and San Francisco will impose such

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