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February 5, 2006

United States
Is national income accounting biased against the US?

In a fake news classic, Rob Corddry and Jon Stewart of the Daily Show once pondered how to report "the facts" when "the facts themselves were biased."  Michael Mandel seems to think the facts are bia…

December 19, 2007

China
The alliance between China’s (nominally) communist government and Wall Street deepens …

The China investment corporation (the CIC) is investing $5b in Morgan Stanley, taking a 9.9% stake.That is a bit of a surprise, at least to me.   After the CIC's (mark to market) losses on Blacks…

December 17, 2010

China
Wouldn’t hold my breadth for IPR protection in China

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke (L) shakes hands with China's Vice Premier Wang Qishan in Hangzhou October 29, 2009. (Eugene Hoshiko/Courtesy Reuters) The two-day meeting of the U.S.-China Jo…

Gary Locke  (L) and Wang Qishan (R)

December 22, 2010

Politics and Government
Demographics and Destiny

The Census Bureau released the top-line results of the decennial census yesterday.  The main message is unsurprising.  There are more of us, we are older, we look less like the people who stepped o…

Demographics and Destiny

January 14, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: Hu Is Coming

U.S. President Barack Obama meets China's President Hu Jintao in Seoul. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Chinese President Hu Jintao comes to Washington next week for his first vi…

U.S. President Barack Obama meets China’s President Hu Jintao in Seoul

February 18, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: Mubarak Is Gone, Now Comes the Hard Part

A family of Egyptian pro-democracy supporters ride on a motorcycle carrying an Egyptian flag after Friday prayers near Tahrir Square in Cairo. (Amr Dalsh/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. The TV cam…

A family of Egyptian pro-democracy supporters ride on a motorcycle carrying an Egyptian flag after Friday prayers near Tahrir Square in Cairo

March 18, 2011

Economics
A New Chapter in U.S.-Brazil Economic Relations

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff at a meeting for the Growth Acceleration Program 2 in Brasilia (Ueslei Marcelino/Courtesy Reuters). As Obama heads to Brazil this weekend, much has been made of…

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff at a meeting for the Growth Acceleration Program 2 in Brasilia

April 21, 2011

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2012: Hello Gary Johnson, GOP Presidential Candidate

A worker sits on a pile of presidential campaign T-shirts for former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson at the Conservative Political Action conference in Washington on February 10, 2011. (Kevin Lamarq…

A worker sits on a pile of presidential campaign T-shirts for former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson at the Conservative Political Action conference in Washington February 10, 2011. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters)

April 26, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Haley Barbour, We Hardly Knew Ye

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington on February 12, 2011. (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters) Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour surpris…

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington on February 12, 2011.  (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters)

April 26, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Hello Ron Paul, GOP Presidential Candidate

Rep. Ron Paul visits a polling station in Manchester, New Hampshire on January 8, 2008. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters) The third time is the charm. That’s at least what Ron Paul hopes. An unsuccessful…

Republican presidential candidate Texas Rep. Ron Paul visits a polling station in Manchester, New Hampshire January 8, 2008. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters)