The group blog of The New Republic
November 14, 2013
Five reasons a Congressional fix will be destructive
Washington, D.C.’s infamous height limit for buildings has returned to the news of late, with the D.C. Office of Planning recommending that current restrictions—which essentially make a 13-story building about as high as you can go—be loosened around D.C.’s core and eliminated altogether elsewhere, with further zoning left to the discretion of the District’s government.
House Republicans have rallied behind the cause of people getting insurance cancellation notices—and, on Friday, they will vote on a measure that will purportedly allow these people to keep their current policies. The bill might not work as intended, but it might well have another set of consequences. It would allow insurer companies to keep discriminating against the sick, while selling people policies that leave them exposed to crippling bills in case of serious illness.
November 13, 2013
In 1973, the San Francisco Socialist Coalition, with whom, as an Oakland socialist, I had a fraternal connection, ran Kayren Hudiburgh for the board of supervisors.
You're probably more like Lululemon's offensive founder than you think
You have more in common with the chain's offensive owner than you think
Someone not named P.G. Wodehouse has just written a new Bertie and Jeeves novel, and Wodehouse fans should worry.
Wednesday, a group of legislators introduced a different kind of abortion bill into the U.S. Senate.
As the Philippines struggle to recover from Typhoon Haiyan—which killed thousands of people and is one of the most intense tropical cyclones on record—a new UN report suggests the South Pacific should prepare for more catastrophes.
2013 is set to be among the ten warmest years since modern records began in 1850, and sea levels are at their highest point ever, making low-lying coastal regions more vulnerable to super storms like Haiyan, the World Meteorological Organization said Wednesday.