A housing construction project in San Francisco, Calif., in 2015. (Robert Galbraith/Reuters) Bureaucratic red tape drives up costs. Julian, Calif. — Right outside the comfortable and delicious Jeremy’s on the Hill Restaurant in this scenic…

Jack Dorsey, CEO and co-founder of Twitter speaks at the Consensus 2018 blockchain technology conference in New York. City, New York, May 16, 2018. (Mike Segar/Reuters) Updated 5:31pm Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s account was apparently…

Walt Whitman in 1870 (Library of Congress) An exhibit in New York traces the life and work of the 'bard of Democracy.' When Walt Whitman was born, in 1819, democracy had existed in America for…

Joe Biden speaks at the Presidential Gun Sense Forum in Des Moines, Iowa, August 10, 2019. (Gage Skidmore) Former vice president Joe Biden, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, said Thursday that…

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a news conference at the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, Aug. 25, 2019. (Ian Langsdon/Pool via Reuters) The G-7 Summit, insofar as it dealt with the fires, relied on…

Danny Burstein as Harold Zidler in Moulin Rouge! (© Matthew Murphy) Moulin Rouge! rejuvenates the jukebox musical with clever mashups and surprising arrangements of pop classics. Ross Douthat has called Baz Luhrmann’s deranged musical campfest…

A demonstrator holds a flag a during a protest in Hong Kong, China, August 24, 2019. (Thomas Peter/Reuters) Several leaders of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong were arrested early Friday by Hong Kong police on…

For her first international trip since she famously donned that jaw-dropping, custom Hervé Pierre hat to meet Queen Elizabeth II in June, First Lady Melania Trump adopted the codes of fashion’s most notable icon: Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel.…

(Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters) Every child born today inherits a portion of that debt, and we are living at our children’s expense. ‘Oh Lord, give me chastity,” St. Augustine is reputed to have said. “But…

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Morristown municipal airport, August 4, 2019. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters) The end of the Mueller probe has left the president in search of a worthy political foil. Last week…

French President Emmanuel Macron shows a watch made of recycled plastic waste from the ocean and working with solar energy during a work session focused on climate at the G-7 Summit in Biarritz, France, August…

The Johnson & Johnson logo is displayed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, May 29, 2019. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters) An Oklahoma judge ruled Monday that drugmaker Johnson & Johnson catalyzed the state’s opioid crisis…

When Stewart Butterfield, chief executive of workplace messaging service Slack, flew to New York City for his company’s public stock market debut in June, he didn’t just bring his leadership team and some key customers…

First Lady Melania Trump wore a cohesive series of nautical-inspired ensembles for her final day at the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France, and return home in Washington, D.C. France’s Brigitte Macron invited Mrs. Trump and other…

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., June 6, 2016 (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) The Enigma of Clarence Thomas, by Corey Robin (Metropolitan, 320 pp., $30) Reviewing a Corey Robin book…