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November 16, 2005

United States
The Twin Deficits … an early look into 2006

I wanted to try to pull together some of my thoughts after various data releases of last week:The US September trade dataThe Chinese October trade dataThe October US budget dataAnd from a bit earlier…

2004 non oil trade

December 10, 2010

Congresses and Parliaments
Friday File: Afghanistan Strategy Review

Above the fold. The White House is wrapping up its year-end Afghanistan strategy review.  Its conclusion, perhaps not surprisingly, looks to be that the surge strategy President Obama announced a …

Friday File: Afghanistan Strategy Review

January 7, 2011

Friday File: Welcome Back Bill Daley, Congratulations Gene Sperling

U.S. President Barack Obama introduces William Daley as the new White House Chief of Staff. (Jason Reed/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. President Obama has a new White House chief of staff, Bill …

President Barack Obama introduces William Daley as the new White House Chief of Staff

January 18, 2011

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
TWE Quick Takes: Hu Makes Nice, Obama Talks Tough

U.S. Air Force personnel adjust the red carpet before the arrival of China's President Hu Jintao at Andrews Air Force Base. (Jason Reed/courtesy Reuters) A few more news items left over from a t…

U.S. Air Force personnel adjust the red carpet before the arrival of China’s President Hu Jintao at Andrews Air Force Base.

April 1, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Should Obama Arm the Libyan Rebels?

A sign displayed during prayers in Benghazi on April 1, 2011. (STR New/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Should the United States arm the rebels fighting to oust Muammar Qaddafi? After initial signs…

Man holds a sign during prayers in Benghazi on April 1, 2011.

April 5, 2011

Climate Change
Kyoto Zombie Still Walking

Here’s what I wrote the morning after the Cancun climate talks ended: “There is one big hole in the Cancun agreement that many observers, in their excitement, appear to have quickly forgotten: its t…

June 27, 2011

Fossil Fuels
Is Shale Gas a Ponzi Scheme?

[Dear new readers: This post is part of a blog on energy and climate issues. Click here for the full blog.] The New York Times’ war on shale gas continues with two more big stories by Ian Urbina. Th…

June 24, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Afghanistan and Argument by Epithet

President Barack Obama speaks to soldiers from the tenth Mountain Division during his visit to Fort Drum in New York on June 23, 2011. Above the Fold. The reactions this week by proponents of the Af…

President Barack Obama speaks to soldiers from the U.S. 10th Mountain Division during his visit to Fort Drum in New York on June 23, 2011.

August 1, 2011

Fossil Fuels
The New York Times Shale Gas Saga Continues

I’ve been wary of wading back into the brouhaha over Ian Urbina’s New York Times shale gas series – after all, I’m a policy analyst, not a media critic. But a couple pieces about natural gas publishe…

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