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August 17, 2007

Financial Markets
Conduits, SIVs, cash-hoarding, commercial paper restructuring and such

Yves Smith of Naked Capitalism is right – If Gillian Tett of the FT disappeared, we would be in a whole lot of trouble. I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of central bankers rely on her reporting to…

December 15, 2010

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Deficit Blues

If you need another reminder of why it is going to be hard, short of a crisis, to cut the federal budget deficit, then check out the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll. First the good news.  The…

Deficit Blues

April 11, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Hello Mitt Romney, GOP Presidential Candidate

Mitt Romney shakes hands after speaking to an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference meeting in Washington on February 11, 2011. (Larry Downing/courtesy Reuters) The United States …

Campaign 2012: Hello Mitt Romney, GOP Presidential Candidate

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 4, 2011

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2012: Hello Newt Gingrich, GOP Presidential Candidate?

Newt Gingrich addresses the 38th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. (Larry Downing/courtesy Reuters) Someone had to go first. So Newt Gingrich did. While the other major …

Newt Gingrich addresses the 38th annual CPAC meeting in Washington

March 21, 2011

Guest Post: Google Ideas and Council on Foreign Relations Team-up on Counter-radicalization

Crime scene investigators examine a Nissan Pathfinder that was packed with bomb materials in Times Square. (Brendan McDermid/courtesy Reuters) Home-grown terrorism has emerged as a major policy chal…

Crime scene investigators examine a Nissan Pathfinder that was packed with bomb materials in Times Square.

March 8, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Hello Buddy Roemer, GOP Presidential Candidate

Former Louisiana governor Charles "Buddy" Roemer speaks at a news conference in Baton Rouge announcing his presidential exploratory committee on March 3, 2011. (Lee Celano/courtesy Reuters) At the s…

Former Louisiana governor Charles

January 18, 2011

Politics and Government
TWE Quick Takes: GOP Presidential Hopefuls

U.S. Senator John Thune (R-SD) walks to his office after meeting with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, December 21, 2010. (Jonathan Ernst/ courtesy Reuters) Thank g…

TWE Quick Takes: GOP Presidential Hopefuls

April 28, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
The World Next Week: Will the Debt Debate Roil the Markets?

Floor trader Joe Quaglieri uses a phone on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on April 18, 2011, when Wall Street fell more than 1 percent as sovereign debt fears on both sides of the Atlantic …

Floor trader Joe Quaglieri uses a phone on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, April 18, 2011. Wall Street fell more than 1 percent on Monday as sovereign debt fears on both sides of the Atlantic and China’s monetary tightening hurt the outlook for global economic growth. (Brendan McDermid/courtesy Reuters)

May 6, 2011

Politics and Government
Friday File: GOP Presidential Candidates Bash Obama

A snow-covered porcelain elephant, painted to represent the Republican Party. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. The bipartisan spirit that emerged in the country after the killing of O…

A snow-covered porcelain elephant, painted to represent the Republican party. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters)