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May 26, 2006

China
Do China’s fast growing dollar reserves guarantee a sound banking system?

One common argument about China that I never have fully understood is that China’s banks are OK because China has tons of dollar reserves. It is implicit in this statement by the (very good) Richar…

June 20, 2007

United States
Does Bretton Woods 2 end with a bang or with a wimper — a dialogue

What follows is a bit of an experiment.   I am posting -- with permission -- a lightly edited version of an email exchange that I had with a global equity portfolio manager a few days ago.   Like all…

January 4, 2011

Politics and Government
Guest Post: Treaties and Filibusters

Senator Kerry walks to the Senate floor during debate over ratification of the New START treaty. Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters. My colleague, Kay King, wrote a Council Special Report last fall on …

Senator Kerry walks to the Senate floor during debate over ratification of the New START treaty.

November 24, 2010

Politics and Government
Why Senate Republicans Won’t Blink First

I speculated yesterday on why the White House opted for a showdown on the New START Treaty when it lacks the 67 votes needed for victory.  Here are ten reasons why the Republicans won’t blink first…

Why Senate Republicans Won’t Blink First

February 17, 2011

Congresses and Parliaments
Obama’s Budget Strategy

News photographers shoot stacked copies of President Barack Obama's proposed 2012 federal budget on Capitol Hill, February 14, 2011. (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters) President Obama unveile…

Obama’s Budget Strategy

December 22, 2010

Politics and Government
Guest Post: The New START Sausage Mill

I asked my colleague, Chris Tuttle, a Capitol Hill veteran, for his quick reaction to the Senate’s approval of the New START Treaty. Here are his thoughts: In the past week, thanks to the sluggish…

Guest Post: The New START Sausage Mill

March 7, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Hello Herman Cain, GOP Presidential Candidate

Herman Cain takes the stage to address the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington in February 2011. (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters) What if when Americans go to the polls on Novem…

Herman Cain takes the stage to address the Conservative Political Action conference in Washington on February 11, 2011.  (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters)

March 6, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Is Sarah Palin Running for President?

Sarah Palin addresses Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally on the National Mall in Washington. (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters) Sarah Palin sat down with Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly on Friday night…

Sarah Palin addresses Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally on the National Mall in Washington

May 11, 2011

China
The S&ED No-Holds Barred: China’s Deplorable Human Rights and the Simple American People

Timothy Geithner gather for a portrait before a banquet for the Strategic and Economic Dialogue at the State Department in Washington on May 9, 2011. (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters) So, the title …

Timothy Geithner gather for a portrait before a banquet for the Strategic and Economic Dialogue at the State Department in Washington on May 9, 2011.

May 11, 2011

Politics and Government
Newt Gingrich Makes It (Facebook) Official

Newt Gingrich speaks to reporters after a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington on March 18, 2011. (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters) It’s official. Newt Gingrich announced today v…

Newt Gingrich speaks to reporters after a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington on March 18, 2011.