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“WE SUE the city every year,” says a wealthy Chicagoan who lives in an elegant apartment building in Gold Coast, a North side neighbourhood. If his property-tax lawyer manages to knock $100,000 off the bill for the condominium’s owners, as the lawyer has done in past years, he gets to…

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A YEAR after Donald Trump became the Republicans’ de facto leader, there is a growing view that the party has succumbed to his nationalist populism. As proof, many cite the race-baiting campaign Ed Gillespie, formerly a plain-vanilla Reaganite, ran in the Virginia gubernatorial contest. That many moderate Republicans are fleeing…

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CONGRESS seldom agrees on health care, as is shown by the Republicans’ fruitless attempts to rip up the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. A longtime exception to partisan feuds was the Children’s Health Insurance Programme (CHIP), established in 1997. The scheme, which covers some 9m American children, has been credited,…

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KIRYAS JOEL is not like other New York suburbs. Although surrounded by bucolic winding roads and stunning vistas of the wooded foothills of the Catskill mountains, there are few stand-alone houses with big back gardens or picket fences. Almost everyone lives tightly packed in a square-mile labyrinth of multistorey condominium…

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BLAME it on “The Godfather”. For days the political village in Washington, DC has been consumed by the wrong argument about Robert Mueller, the special counsel tasked with investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. It began on October 30th when Mr Mueller, a former FBI boss, unveiled his first…

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OPIOID abuse is a national emergency, and the president is expected to declare it so officially. That will help free up funds for agencies to treat the problem. As part of this effort, researchers will try to determine when the opioid epidemic will peak, and how many more people are…

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EVER since Donald Trump’s victory emboldened the Republican Party’s nativist wing, the dirtiest words with which a Republican can be tarred have not four letters, but 8 and 13: “moderate” and “establishment”. Unfortunately, those accurately describe the two Republican candidates for governors’ mansions this year. In New Jersey, Kim Guadagno…

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