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November 23, 2004

The budget deficit before all the bad stuff

Isn’t that what leaving any increase in deficit associated with partial privatization of social security off the books implies?Bush’s formula on the dollar in Santiago emphasized the need to control …

February 9, 2005

Economics
It is now official

Karl Rove is the Bush Administration’s economic policy czar, and de facto Treasury Secretary. In addition to responsibility for political affairs and strategic initiatives, Mr Rove has been appointe…

October 14, 2005

Financial Markets
Are tax breaks for houses at risk?

Last weekend's Los Angeles Times (via the Economist's View) article on Bush's advisory commission made it pretty clear that at least one member of the commission, Charles Rossotti, had  t…

March 11, 2011

Defense and Security
TWE Remembers: The Lend-Lease Act

Americans like to imagine that in days long past politics stopped at the water’s edge and America spoke with one voice to the world. More often than not, however, our foreign policy debates have been…

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October 7, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: Libya, Syria, and the Responsibility to Protect

A session of the United Nations Security Council in New York. (Shannon Stapleton/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. The UN Security Council witnessed a rare double veto on Tuesday. Both Russia and Ch…

A session of the United Nations Security Council in New York. (Shannon Stapleton/courtesy Reuters)

March 2, 2012

Defense and Security
Friday File: Americans Out of Egypt

Above the Fold. The six Americans charged with violating Egypt’s civil-society laws finally got to come home last night. The National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute p…

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March 23, 2012

Friday File: Cherry Trees Blossom in Washington, DC

Above the Fold. Washington, DC, owes a huge debt of gratitude to Tokyo. It was one hundred years ago next Tuesday that Japan’s largest city gave our nation’s capital 3,000 cherry trees to plant along…

The cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin are in full bloom in Washington, DC. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters)

February 28, 2012

China
How Bad Could High Gas Prices Be?

Gas prices continue to climb, and, as I predicted last week, so does the volume of gas price punditry. That post sparked a sequence of smart thoughts from Matt Yglesias, Ryan Avent, Tim Duy, and Karl…

August 27, 2012

China
China’s Food Safety Crisis: How Serious Is the Problem?

Last month in the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix Finals, China’s women’s volleyball team fell to countries that did not even qualify for the 2008 Olympics, where China won Bronze. The coach blamed his te…

An employee works at the production line of an edible oil company in Sanhe, Hebei April 12, 2011.

April 9, 2013

United States
TWE Remembers: The Tampico Incident

Karl Marx famously wrote that history repeats itself, "the first time as tragedy, the second as farce." But some historical events combine elements of both. Just consider the Tampico Incident, which …

President Woodrow Wilson addresses Congress on the Tampico Incident, April 20, 1914 (Courtesy Library of Congress).