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Obama’s Two Most Pro-Israel Speeches You Haven’t Heard About

Football, they say, is a game of inches. So too, is Middle East peace making — both figuratively, and in some cases quite literally. President…

Fixing Our Broken Politics: Mine’s bigger than yours, or how raising money trumps raising good arguments

In recent weeks Mitt Romney has been seeking to bolster his claim to be the mainstream establishment candidate capable of beating Barack Obama in the…

Do We Need a Third Party to Fix Deficits?

Republicans are crying foul over Democrats’ resort to “Mediscare” tactics to win an open House seat in New York. Democrats are chortling because they think…

Real Trade Deficits in Capital and Consumer Goods Near New (Negative) Record

Many economists are racing to declare a ‘manufacturing revival.’ The latest to join the bandwagon is Paul Krugman. In his latest column, Krugman writes (my…

Arab Spring in the Balance

Americans, conditioned by harsh experience to expect nothing but trouble from the Middle East, have been thrilled and inspired by the Arab Spring. But now…

Wingnut Watch: Debt-Ceiling Deniers, Hostage-Takers and the 2012 Field

It’s happened so quickly that its significance may have been obscured, but one of the biggest recent developments in Wingnut World has been the rapid…

A Postcard from the Middle East: A Suggestion for Obama’s New Beginning

America has no wasta. Lacking substantive relationships is especially damning in the Arab world, because it is the informal connections, or wasta, which spells the…

Obama’s Perplexing Speech

President Obama made the cardinal mistake yesterday of stepping on his own message. His “winds of change” speech was supposed to formalize an historic shift…

The Fiscal Debate Is Missing Half the Picture – An Economic Perspective

The following is an anonymous piece by an economist at an international financial institution. The views expressed here are solely those of the author. Despite…

5 Things That Should Be in Obama’s Speech on the Middle East

The president is set to deliver a major address today on the Middle East. Here are five things his speech must include: 1. The Obvious:…