California’s Far North Deplores ‘Tyranny’ of the Urban Majority

By THOMAS FULLER July 2, 2017 REDDING, Calif. — The deer heads mounted on the walls of Eric Johnson’s church office are testament to his passion for hunting, a lifestyle enjoyed by many in the northernmost reaches of California but one that Mr. Johnson says surprises...

Going to a New Jersey State Park or Beach? Not This Holiday Weekend

By NICK CORASANITI July 1, 2017 ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK, N.J. — This spot is usually a choke point for shore traffic, not a U-turn. Yet roughly every 10 minutes on Saturday morning, a new vehicle approached the entrance to the beach here — some packed with beach...

‘Everything’s in Danger’: Illinois Approaches 3rd Year Without Budget

By JULIE BOSMAN and MONICA DAVEY June 29, 2017 CHICAGO — Road construction and bridge repairs may come to a halt. At least one agency has threatened to downgrade Illinois’s credit rating to junk, a crippling borrowing position no state has ever seen. And in perhaps...

In McConnell’s Home State, Fear and Confusion Over Health Care Bill

By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG June 28, 2017 WHITESBURG, Ky. — Dewey Gorman, a 59-year-old banker who has struggled with opioid addiction, had just gotten out of the hospital in this tiny central Appalachian city when he heard the word from Washington: His fellow Kentuckian,...

To Make Sense of American Politics, Immigrants Find Clues From Lands They Left

By MANNY FERNANDEZ and DAVID MONTGOMERY June 24, 2017 HOUSTON — Raji Alatassi watched a video clip of that recent cabinet meeting in Washington, in which the top officials in President Trump’s administration took turns heaping worshipful praise upon their leader. He...

On the Mexican Border, a Case for Technology Over Concrete

Using surveillance equipment adapted from military use in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Border Patrol is creating what some experts call a “virtual wall.”