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The City Where Mayors Still Run the Show

Of all American towns, Baltimore gives its mayors some of the most control. Some hate that, yet attempts to change it have failed.

Who Should Police Municipal Markets?

A questionable bond sale in Illinois has left some wondering why there's no one to stop financially troubled governments from borrowing.

Prohibition's Fading Legacy

In recent years, some states have loosened decades-old restrictions on the sale of alcohol. Who that helps, however, is up for debate.

In Wake of McDonnell Ruling, What Counts as Corruption?

Politicians can do a lot of favors for people, so long as they don't cross over the legal line. The U.S. Supreme Court's decision means that line has to be drawn quite clearly.

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