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July 29, 2005

Economics
More trade with Central America, less with China?

Is that the deal that brought wavering Republicans from textile states on board?  We will see. But the House speaker, J. Dennis Hastert, told him they needed his vote anyway. If he switched from "nay…

January 2, 2007

Economics
Interesting factoid (at least to me)

Dennis Berman reports (in his January 2 c1 Wall Street Journal column) that, according to Standards and Poors, "companies bought back $327 billion of their own shares, more money than they spent inve…

May 19, 2010

Energy and Climate Policy
What the PA-12 Special Election Says About Cap and Trade

The special election to replace the late Rep. John Murtha (D) was, as Politico notes, the only House race last night that really matterered to both parties. Democrat Mark Critz decisively beat Republ…

June 14, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Hello Michele Bachmann, GOP Presidential Candidate

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann speaks at a rally on Capitol Hill on March 31, 2011. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters) Michele Bachmann made some news at last night’s rather sedate GOP presidential …

Congresswoman  Michele Bachmann speaks at a rally on Capitol Hill on March 31, 2011. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters)

December 8, 2010

United States
I Still Don’t Get It

Sorry for the light posting recently - I am finishing up my book on Egyptian politics. But I could not resist responding to  today’s headline on the settlements. Like I said a few weeks ago, I don’…

I Still Don’t Get It

November 1, 2010

United States
Peace Process?

I have it on good authority, which in Washington means that I read it in Laura Rozen’s foreign policy blog at Politico and confirmed it through various conversations with colleagues who had coffee …

Peace Process?

June 13, 2011

Defense and Security
GOP Presidential Hopefuls Differ on Libya and Afghanistan

A man holds a flag outside the White House in Washington. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters) Seven GOP presidential hopefuls take the stage tonight at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire…

A man holds a flag outside the White House in Washington. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters)

June 15, 2011

Defense and Security
Obama Answers Boehner on Libya

President Barack Obama walks to board Marine One on the South Lawn at the White House. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters) President Obama didn’t take long to answer Speaker Boehner’s letter yesterday want…

President Barack Obama walks to board Marine One on the South Lawn at the White House. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters)

June 20, 2011

Defense and Security
Congress Barking, Not Biting, on War Powers

The U.S. Capitol Dome is pictured behind a cherry blossom tree. (Hyungwon Kang/courtesy Reuters) Debate over Libya and the War Powers Resolution heated up over the weekend. The New York Times report…

The U.S. Capitol Dome is pictured behind a cherry blossom tree in Washington.

October 15, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: The Super Committee Has Forty Days

The twelve members of the Congressional Super Committee gather for opening remarks as the panel holds its inaugural meeting on September 8, 2011. (Mike Theiler/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. The …

The twelve members of the Congressional Super Committee, six Democrats and six Republicans, gather for opening remarks as the panel holds its inaugural meeting to search for at least $1.2 trillion in new deficit reductions, in Washington, DC, September 8, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Theiler