California sues Donald Trump over his border wall plan

OF THE many unrealistic promises Donald Trump made during his campaign—restoring lost manufacturing jobs, immediately deportating  2m to 3m undocumented immigrants—building a wall that entirely divides America from Mexico was always among the least plausible. First there is the question of cost, which the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a university, …

Newark’s rebound

WHEN Ras Baraka was elected Newark’s mayor in 2014, the business world was worried. He had brokered peace between the Crips and the Bloods, two fierce rival gangs, and is Newark royalty—his father, Amir Baraka, was a famous activist poet. But he was no fan of corporate America. Mr Baraka …

Hurricane Harvey and the Red Cross

THIS is a busy time for the American Red Cross. In the days after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and Louisiana one of America’s most popular charities put up tens of thousands of people in shelters and served millions of meals; its disaster workers have also been busy in Florida, helping …

In Detroit, the end of blight is in sight

“SPERAMUS meliora resurget cineribus”: the Latin incantation, offered by a French Catholic priest after a fire nearly destroyed the city in 1805, is Detroit’s motto—“We hope that better things may rise from the ashes”. The once-great city, the “arsenal of democracy” during the second world war and home of the …

Charting the travel ban

ONE of Donald Trump’s first acts as president was to try to introduce a version of the ban on Muslims entering America that he promised on the campaign trail. Judges stayed his executive order, which went through several iterations, until June 26th, when the Supreme Court allowed a modified version …