Election Must Reads

NYT: Rivals Present Sharp Divide on Iraq Goals

Author: Michael R. Gordon

The New York Times offers an in-depth comparison of the presidential candidates' plans for Iraq, based largely off the candidates' comments in extensive interviews on the topic.

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FT: A Long Shadow

Author: Niall Ferguson

Financial Times contributing editor Niall Ferguson says the use of low interest rates and deficit finance may have been right during the Depression but are not appropriate for the current financial crisis. Reflecting on the comments of the two presidential candidates about the crisis, Ferguson writes the election will become "a contest between two brands of economic populism."

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CCGA: Troubled by Loss of Standing in the World, Americans Support Major Foreign Policy Changes

A new poll by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs shows a majority of Americans think the United States should "be ready" to negotiate with countries like Cuba, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea and Zimbabwe, as well as groups like Hamas and Hezbollah. The poll also shows a majority want the United States to withdraw most of its combat troops from Iraq within two years.

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NYT: All Too Quiet on the Homeland Front

Author: Clark Ervin

Clark Kent Ervin, inspector general of the Homeland Security Department from 2003 to 2004, says the presidential candidates must explain "exactly what they think the federal government has done right and done wrong in the seven years since 9/11 in securing this country against another terrorist attack." Ervin provides a list of questions related to homeland security policy for the candidates to answer.

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WSJ: The Foreign Policy Difference

Author: Fouad Ajami

Fouad Ajami, adjunct research fellow at the Hoover Institution, compares the overarching foreign policy philosophies of Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), and contrasts the 2008 race with presidential campaign of 1960.

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WashPost: Hot or Cool on Russia?

Author: David Ignatius

David Ignatius contrasts the presidential candidates' responses to the Russia-Georgia conflict. He says Sen. Barack Obama's "deliberative approach" to the situation may have been more appropriate than Sen. John McCain's "get tough" response to Russia. Still, he says, it is not clear which approach will play better with the American public.

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Weekly Standard: Misfortunes of War

Author: Noemie Emery

Noemie Emery, contributing editor to the Weekly Standard, says Sen. Barack Obama's opposition to the troop surge in Iraq raises questions about his judgment on foreign policy matters. Emery says the surge's success has caused "incoherence" in the Democratic Party's line on Iraq.

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WSJ: Russia's Aggression Is a Challenge to World Order

Authors: Lindsey O. Graham and Joseph Lieberman

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), advisers to Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign, make recommendations for U.S. policy toward Russia and Georgia. In an op-ed, Graham and Lieberman say the United States and Europe should work to prevent Russia from "achieving its strategic objectives in Georgia."

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IRI/NDI: New Directions for Democracy Promotion

Authors: Lorne W. Craner and Ken Wollack

In this paper commissioned by the Better World Campaign, Lorne Craner of the International Republican Institute and Kenneth Wollack of the National Democratic Institute make policy recommendations for the next U.S. president on democracy promotion.

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New York Magazine: Joe Vengeance

Author: Michael Idov

New York Magazine's Michael Idov writes about how Sen. Joe Lieberman's pro-war position led him to leave the Democratic Party and endorse Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for president.

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Policy Review: Open the Gate

Author: James Kirchick

In his review of Jason Riley's book, Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders, James Kirchick, assistant editor of the New Republic, examines the debate surrounding U.S. immigration policy.

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WashPost: The Real China Threat

Author: Robert J. Samuelson

The Washington Post's Robert Samuelson says the real threat from China is not that its economy will soon overtake that of the United States, but that it will "distort trade, foster huge financial imbalances and trigger a contentious competition for scarce raw materials."

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Atlantic: Reconcilable Differences

Author: Ronald Brownstein

Ronald Brownstein, political director for Atlantic Media Company, looks at the effect of "hyper-partisanship" on the presidential campaigns, and says a president who can "deliver pragmatic legislation on big issues might cement the allegiance of the millions of voters who are disenchanted with Washington's failures and not tightly bound to either party."

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Christian Science Monitor: The Critical Pick...

Author: John Hughes

In an op-ed, former Christian Science Monitor editor John Hughes looks at the next president's potential picks for secretary of State. Hughes says Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) should pick Middle East adviser Dennis Ross, and says Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) should pick Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

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