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October 19, 2006

China
Washington Post v. New York Times on China’s auto exports

Post: Bullish Times: BearishActually, it isn’t that hard to reconcile the two stories.   The Post focuses on auto parts exports.   Keith Bradsher of the Times focuses on exports of Chinese-made au…

February 13, 2007

United States
The 2006 trade data

It seems to me that there are at least three big stories in the US trade data, maybe four or five ...The first is that US exports grew quite strongly in 2006.  And goods exports outperformed services…

September 3, 2007

United States
The post-industrial economy?

Buried in a column on iconoclastic  (and fashionista) tax policy expert Lee Shephard is this little gem:"“The whole Midwest was engaged in metal-bashing of some sort back then[when she was growing up…

January 20, 2008

United States
The United States, on sale

The front page of the Sunday New York Times had a long article by Peter S. Goodman and Louise Story. But Maureen Dowd is a better barometer of the cultural zeitgeist that news page: today’s column …

February 3, 2008

United States
What “adjustment” means

Michael Mandel of Business Week:As of the third quarter of 2007, the 10-year growth rate for consumption was 3.6%, vs. GDP growth for the same period of 2.9%. This difference represents an enormous…

May 11, 2008

Monetary Policy
Taking stock of the dollar’s global role

Peter Goodman looks at the dollar – and the growing dollar reserves of emerging market central banks -- in today’s New York Times. He captures the poles of the debate well. Ken Rogoff argues that…

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May 18, 2009

Financial Markets
Lost prestige

"Banking is the industry that failed. Banks are meant to allocate capital to businesses and consumers efficiently; instead, they ladled credit to anyone who wanted it. Banks are supposed to make mo…

December 3, 2010

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: A Treaty for a Tax Cut

Above the Fold. Don’t count the New START Treaty out just yet. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told Good Morning America on Tuesday that the treaty could be approved by year’s end. Sen. George Voinovich…

Friday File: A Treaty for a Tax Cut

February 21, 2011

TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day Because It Is the Day of Presidents

President George W. Bush meets with former Presidents and President-elect Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, January 2009. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters) Being president o…

 U.S. President George W. Bush meets with former Presidents and President-elect Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, January 2009.

April 13, 2011

Politics and Government
Obama’s Plan to Reduce Government Red Ink

President Barack Obama delivers a speech on the U.S. fiscal and budgetary deficit policy at George Washington University on April 13, 2011. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters) CFR.org has just posted …

President Barack Obama delivers a speech on the U.S. fiscal and budgetary deficit policy at the George Washington University on April 13, 2011.