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April 20, 2008

Inequality in America

Unions in the American manufacturing sector used to have the bargaining power to secure a middle class wage for their members. Not any more. And no one else – apart from corporate CEOs, hedge fu…

April 28, 2010

Will a Climate Bill Cost Iran $100 Million a Day?

A big new talking point has emerged in the battle for a climate bill. Reuters reports: “[Senator John] Kerry also has been casting the climate debate in national security tones. He joined veterans…

May 5, 2010

Fossil Fuels
Why the Oil Spill Might be Good News for Natural Gas

Most analysis of the oil spill’s policy implications has focused on the future of offshore drilling and on the implications for efforts to move beyond fossil fuels. My guess, though, is that natural …

May 14, 2010

America, Trade, and Asia

Photo courtesy of the MIT Visualizing Cultures project. Here’s the thing about trade policy:  the United States can’t be a leader in Asia without one. That was true in the 19th century, as fast-sai…

America, Trade, and Asia

May 19, 2010

Energy and Climate Policy
What the PA-12 Special Election Says About Cap and Trade

The special election to replace the late Rep. John Murtha (D) was, as Politico notes, the only House race last night that really matterered to both parties. Democrat Mark Critz decisively beat Republ…

June 1, 2010

Immigration and Migration
Testimony: Next Steps for the Mérida Initiative

On May 27th I testified at a joint hearing of the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism and the Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommitt…

border patrol

June 25, 2010

Asia Alone

Asia Alone by Simon Tay This is the title of a thought-provoking new book by Singaporean writer and political analyst Simon Tay. I had read a draft of the book several months back and been so impres…

Asia Alone by Simon Tay

July 28, 2010

Energy and Climate Policy
Guest Post: Green Jobs Didn’t Fail to Sell the Climate Bill

This is a guest post from Jason Scott, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of EKO Asset Management Partners. Thanks to Michael for the opportunity to guest post. I consistently enjoy his often contraria…

November 4, 2010

What do the 2010 Elections Mean for Asia?

Since the election, I have been fielding numerous emails and phone calls from Asian friends and reporters interested in whether the sweeping changes in the House of Representatives, governors’ mans…

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), who broke down in tears during his speech, gives a thumbs up at the end of his address to a Republican election night results watch rally in Washington

November 5, 2010

Energy and Climate Policy
Cap-and-Trade Didn’t Kill the Dems

There’s been a lot of back and forth about whether cap-and-trade hurt the Democrats this past Tuesday. It’s mostly spin, with people focusing on whatever results they think bolster their case. But th…