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Mike Beebe spent decades getting ready to run Arkansas. That's why he's so good at doing it.
New York City is shutting down two swathes of Broadway to automobile traffic, turning the asphalt over to pedestrians and bicyclists.
Most baby boomers hope to age in place. Should government play a role in making that happen?
'Hands-free' laws imply that it's safe to talk on a cell phone while driving. It's not.
Every state has months to pass its budget. But many still go down to the wire -- or past it.
He's unpopular. But he's rich, and his opponents are squabbling.
Portland, Oregon's mayor got caught up in a sex scandal. It hasn't led him to govern modestly.
You thought police were safe from budget cuts? So did they.
Cities want census-takers to find everybody next year.
The new education secretary has billions at his disposal. Will it be enough to drive reform?
A new study finds the higher your degree, the better you feel.
The things we throw away aren't finding many buyers right now.
Performance-based contracts aim to measure the effectiveness and cost-efficiency of government-funded programs.