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December 3, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Michael Bloomberg, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg seems to be taking the advice of John Maynard Keynes. The legendary economist is said to have remarked, “When the facts change, I change my mind.” Back in Marc…

Michael Bloomberg

June 15, 2012

Egypt
Weekend Reading: Egypt’s Groupthink, Supreme Court Ruling, and State Propaganda

The Sandmonkey says Egypt’s revolutionaries suffer from Groupthink. The BBC offers a Q&A on this week’s ruling by the Egyptian Supreme Court, explaining exactly what it means and what impact it migh…

Weekend-Reading-06152012

May 17, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Guest Post: Mali: ’No Country for Old Men?’

This is a guest post by Jim Sanders, a career, now retired, West Africa watcher for various federal agencies. The views expressed below are his personal views and do not reflect those of his former e…

Coup leader Captain Amadou Sanogo attends a ceremony as former parliament speaker Dioncounda Traore (unseen) is sworn in as Mali's interim president in the captial Bamako, April 12, 2012.

March 8, 2012

United States
Ask the Experts: Where Are the Women in Foreign Policy?

Having worked at a number of institutions over the past fifteen years, I have long been struck by the proportional underrepresentation of women in U.S. foreign policy and national security positions…

Situation Room 2010

December 2, 2011

Friday File: Does the United States Matter Less?

A shrimp boat trawling near the mouth of the Atchafalaya River near Morgan City, Louisiana. (Sean Gardner/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. I had the good fortune to spend the last two days at a con…

A shrimp boat trawls near healthy marsh, bayous and water ways east of the mouth of the Atchafalaya River near Morgan City, Louisiana April 20, 2011. When BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico last April, killing 11 workers, authorities first reported that no crude was leaking into the ocean. They were wrong. One year on, oil from the largest spill in U.S. history clogs wetlands, pollutes the ocean and endangers wildlife, not to mention the toll it has inflicted on the coastal economies of Florida, Mississippi, Alabama and especially Louisiana. REUTERS/Sean Gardner (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS ENERGY)

January 20, 2012

Politics and Government
Friday File: Is It Time to Intervene in Syria?

Above the Fold. Anyone who watched last night’s GOP presidential debate from Charleston, South Carolina could be forgiven for concluding that the United States has no pressing problems overseas. Not …

Lebanese and Syrian protesters in northern Lebanon carry banners and burn a picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as they march in solidarity with Syria's anti-government protesters on January 20, 2012. (Omar Ibrahim/courtesy Reuters)

September 13, 2011

U.S. College Education Blues

A Boston College student at his graduation. (Brian Snyder/courtesy Reuters) Today’s Washington Post has two troubling stories that touch on the future of American competitiveness. One story covers a…

Political science major Paul Fabsik wears a price tag hanging from his mortarboard estimating the cost of his education during commencement ceremonies at Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts on May 24th. The annual undergraduate tuition at Boston College is $29,839, including room and board. (Brian Snyder/courtesy Reuters)

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

November 12, 2006

United States
“Convenient to the point of being self-serving … but it seems right”

Those are the words Charles Dumas and Diana Choyleva of Lombard Street Research use to describe Bernanke's savings glut hypothesis in their book "The Bill from the China Shop."  They write:In Mar…

May 27, 2005

United States
Bretton Woods Two and Trade Politics

The interest rate on the 10 year Treasury note is somewhere between 4.0-4.1% -- and the US seems to be having no trouble financing its current account (or its budget) deficit right now. The risk of…