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Brazil's Economic Nightmare

Walter Russell Mead

Brazil’s budget deficit much more alarming than thought....

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The Replacement Continues

Walter Russell Mead

Minimum wage hikes are rippling across the economy, and corporations are responding just as you would expect them to. ...

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It's Time for Turkey and Europe to Face Reality

Benjamin Haddad

Turkey is not going to join the EU. And that’s OK....

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The Meaning of Mr. Trump

Walter Russell Mead

What energizes the Trump phenomenon is the power of “NO!”: people who think the train is about to head off a cliff want to pull the emergency cord...

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Turkish-German Split Widens

Walter Russell Mead

Cynical Russian activism, the rise of ISIS, and the disintegration of Syria should be leading Turkey to work more closely with its Western partners....

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Convince Russia Nuclear Retaliation Threat is Real

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

Another U.S. Presidential term similar to the previous two could result in the unthinkable....

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Did the White House Pay off Media to Support the Iran Deal?

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

Rebeccah Heinrichs reacts on 'Fox & Friends' to reports that a key surrogate funded reporters and news outlets....

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The Amazon Behemoth

Irwin M. Stelzer

Investors are betting on Bezos. Like consumers, however, investors are a fickle lot, making resting on one's laurels a costly exercise....

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Mike Rogers on Terror Threats to Airliners

Mike Rogers

Distinguished Fellow Congressman Mike Rogers on the downed flight from France to Egypt....

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Senator Tom Cotton's Remarks on Crime and Justice in America

Senator Tom Cotton

This past Sunday, thousands of law-enforcement officers, their families, and other supporters gathered at the Capitol to observe Peace Officers Memori...

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Mexican Heroin Production Soars

John P. Walters, David W. Murray & Brian Blake

Those serious about stopping heroin addiction need to focus on Mexico and attack the trafficking networks that stretch across the United States....

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How Putin Became President

David Satter

The 1999 Russian apartment bombings were the greatest political provocation since the burning of the Reichstag....

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Why Trump Should Oppose 'Criminal-Justice Reform'

Jeffrey H. Anderson

With Obama’s push to reduce sentencing for drug dealers, presidential candidates have a new issue. Trump should oppose “criminal-justice reform.”...

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El Embrujo de Cristina

Jaime Daremblum

Ha ocurrido un fallo generalizado del sistema y su mensaje no se ha podido enviar. Pruebe un poco más tarde....

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The Cost of Obamacare

Jeffrey H. Anderson

Obamacare is wrecking the private health insurance market....

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Heroin Injection Sites Perpetuate Harm

John P. Walters

Heroin destroys freedom and life. Government-approved injection centers are shameful....

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Zarif Sends Moderate Condolences to Hezbollah

Lee Smith

Iranian foreign minister Mohamed Javad Zarif sent his condolences to Hezbollah general secretary Hassan Nasrallah....

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Zone Defense

Lee Smith

Sykes-Picot at 100....

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Best Practices in Public Health - Industry Commitments

Hank Cardello

Enabling more effective engagement and collaboration between the public health community and the food industry, leading to better public health....

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The Alfred E. Neuman Defense Policy

Seth Cropsey

The next president will be well advised to pay more attention both to details of the military budget and the overall state of our defenses....

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Don't Get Soft on Criminals

John P. Walters

John Walters talks crime with Bill Bennett...

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Candidato Republicano

Jaime Daremblum

En este concurso Trump deberá demostrar por qué él es mejor opción frente a la demócrata Hillary Clinton....

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“You Can’t Say I Didn’t Warn You about Facebook”

Harold Furchtgott­Roth

Harold Furchtgott-Roth joins Jim Blasingame to report on the curating practice by Facebook that discriminates against conservative postings....

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Obama's Hiroshima Visit Is Hypocrisy

Arthur Herman

The president’s very appearance at Hiroshima bears the hallmark of an apology, regardless of the words he utters....

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The Ben Rhodes Blow-up

Lee Smith

That's what this president and this White House is about, humiliating allies and friends. Why treat its own Iran Deal echo chamber any better?...

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Up All Night in Paris

Irwin M. Stelzer

The French government has finally decided to tackle one symptom of the nation's sclerotic economy: youth unemployment....

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Drug Dealing is a Violent Crime

William Bennett & John P. Walters

The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act now before Congress is based on a lie....

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Here Comes Trump vs. Hillary

Irwin M. Stelzer

Now we know. It will be Hillary Rodham Clinton vs. Donald J. Trump only some seven months from now....

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Brazil's Former President to Be Indicted?

Walter Russell Mead

This is big, and possibly very serious news. But the dark cloud may have a silver lining....

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Why Texas' Criminal Justice Reforms Don't Translate to the Federal Level

David W. Murray & Brian Blake

Those wanting to adopt “sentencing reforms” that have no bearing on actual proposals being advanced at the federal level are only fooling themselves....

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Suu Kyi Kicks the Rohingya

Walter Russell Mead

The move toward democracy in Burma was hailed by many of the usual naive Westerners as a fairy tale....

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Charles Keating's Death Part of Iraq Tragedy: Losing Victory Bush Won

Arthur Herman

Obama’s pro-Iran stance has bred instability-first in the Arabian Peninsula where Saudi Arabia and Iran are fighting a proxy war, but now also in Iraq...

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Why Some Liberals Support Trump, While Some Republicans Consider Clinton

Ronald Radosh

Trump's candidacy has overturned traditional political categories....

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A Third Term for President Obama?

Abram N. Shulsky

Their rhetorical styles are different, but Donald Trump shares more than a few of President Obama’s foreign policy instincts....

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The State of Our Union

Walter Russell Mead

The state of our union can be summed up pretty easily: Democratic policy ideas don’t work, and the Republican Party is melting down....

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The Cop on the Global Beat

Douglas J. Feith

It’s true: Iraq wasn’t transformed into Denmark. But it’s also not true, as the author argues, that Bush achieved none of his goals there....

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How Brexit Presents a Roadblock to the EU-US Establishment

Brendan Brown

It is no surprise that President Obama has weighed into the Brexit referendum debate firmly on the side of the EU establishment. ...

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Cambios Imprescindibles

Jaime Daremblum

Al observar por la televisión los rostros de los caraqueños arremolinados frente a un mercado mayormente desabastecido, vinieron a mi mente las imá...

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Genocide Up Close and Personal

Nina Shea

Journalist Mindy Belz gives a brave firsthand account of persecution in the Middle East....

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Armenians, Artsakh and the Invisible Hand

Lela Gilbert

If you want to know more about what The Long War is all about, just ask the Armenians, the Assyrian Christians, or the Israelis...

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The Arab Implosion Continues

Walter Russell Mead

A political crisis at one end of the Arab world and a humanitarian disaster at the other this weekend highlighted one of the most important stories of...

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Another Default for Puerto Rico

Walter Russell Mead

The Governor of Puerto Rico has announced that the territory's Government Development Bank will not make most of its debt payments today....

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Stage Hands

Oliver Bullough

How Western enablers facilitate kleptocracy....

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The Era of Big Government is Not Over

Irwin M. Stelzer

To death and taxes add a new certainty: Starting next year we will watch the size of our government expand....

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The "End of Islamism" and the Future of Tunisia

Said Ferjani

An interview with Said Ferjani...

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What Should Be Done about the Heroin Problem?

David W. Murray

Jeffrey Miron and David Murray in a wide-ranging debate about the heroin problem and what to do about it....

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KI Weekly News Highlights: April 23-29, 2016

Kleptocracy Initiative

Financial corruption and autocracy media clips...

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Edward Snowden: Patriot or Traitor?

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

A new film about Edward Snowden by Oliver Stone reignites debate....

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US Leadership: Engaging with a Changing World

Walter Russell Mead

What is the role that should be played in the international arena by the U.S., a superpower that appears to have passed its influential peak?...

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Silence of the Churches

Nina Shea

American churches can help the persecuted—both to stay safely and thrive in their home countries and, if impossible, to give them refuge here....

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The EU's Soft Utopia

John Fonte

John Fonte's review of "The New Totalitarian Temptation: Global Governance and the Crisis of Democracy in Europe", by Todd Huizinga...

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Las Mil y Una Noches

Jaime Daremblum

La historia de las mil y una noches no fue realmente la invención de algún escritor del Oriente. ...

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Why America Needs Japan

Arthur Herman

Japan to the rescue. It's a refrain Americans are going to be hearing more often....

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Will Obama Apologize for Truman’s Decision to Drop the Bomb in WWII?

Arthur Herman

Obama and Kerry are more fixated on something that America did 70 years ago than on bolstering America’s strength in a vital region today....

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Homegrown Terrorism and a New Ukrainian PM

Hannah Thoburn & Simond de Galbert

Richard Aldous discusses Ukraine’s new Prime Minister with Hannah Thoburn before speaking with Simond de Galbert about homegrown terrorism in Europe....

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Trump's Assault on Majority Rule

Jeffrey H. Anderson

Donald Trump continues to argue that the Republican presidential-selection process is “rigged" and that any result other than his getting the party'...

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Drone-Flattop Wedding & the Wisdom of Seth Cropsey

Peter Navarro & Seth Cropsey

Seth Cropsey on marrying drones and flattops, the withering of America’s shipyards, and how any war is likely to start between China and the US....

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Sentencing Reform Loses Its Way

David W. Murray

Responsible policy and genuine political leadership require a more realistic understanding of our duties to past, present, and future victims....

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Hit Job

Lee Smith

It's Obama's standard operating procedure—denigrate allies while ignoring the threats posed by adversaries....

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Well, Well, Well

Irwin M. Stelzer

The Saudi war on frackers....

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Small Business Should Be Priority Number One

Walter Russell Mead

Booming minority populations are girding for opportunities to build more enterprises of their own....

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Cotton Puts His Foot Down on Iran Deal

Lee Smith

Sen. Tom Cotton moved to block confirmation of an Obama nominee for an important post at the Department of Treasury....

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Obama's Saudi Problem Stems from His Tilt toward Iran

Arthur Herman

Obama’s real Saudi problem is himself, by stiff-arming allies Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Israel while trying to embrace Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood....

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Saudi Arabia Is a Great American Ally

Michael Pregent

While Tehran continues to sow anti-American terrorism across the Middle East, Riyadh holds the key to regional stability....

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Hasta Luego, Dilma

Jaime Daremblum

Dilma Rousseff, la simpática presidenta de Brasil, ha sido degradada por las turbas callejeras de su país. Y así, en el estado de ebriedad fomentad...

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The FCC and Kafkaesque Merger Reviews

Harold Furchtgott­Roth

In May of 2015, Charter Communications announced the acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks....

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America's Largest Health Insurer Bails on Obamacare

Jeffrey H. Anderson

If you like your UnitedHealthcare Obamacare plan, that doesn’t mean you can keep your UnitedHealthcare Obamacare plan. ...

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Could Obama Make the Global Drug Problem Much Worse?

David W. Murray

The failures of American drug policy could turn into a global rout....

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Un Nouvel Isolationnisme Américain?

Benjamin Haddad

Tout a priori oppose Barack Obama et Donald Trump en matière de politique étrangère. ...

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Everything Old Is New Again

Walter Russell Mead

Liberal Southern cities and conservative Southern states are in the midst of a series of pitched political battles. ...

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A Popular Conservative Alternative to Obamacare

Jeffrey H. Anderson

Obamacare is unacceptable to the American public—and with a popular conservative alternative in play, it will be repealed....

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Life After the Nuclear Security Summits: Are We Safe?

Richard Weitz

The nuclear security summits raised awareness and improved security, but threat of terrorists seizing fissile material is high...

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The Trade-offs of Trade

Irwin M. Stelzer

Voters are convinced free trade is inimical to their interests, and even if it were a good thing our trading partners don't play fair....

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Student Loan Excesses Harm the Most Vulnerable

Walter Russell Mead

The real losers in the student loan merry-go-round are precisely kinds of students that the Obama administration most wants to help....

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Same Old, Same Old?

Hannah Thoburn

Ukraine’s new Prime Minister will have trouble pushing through important reforms if his mentor, President Poroshenko, does not allow it....

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A World Unmoored

Lee Smith

In dismantling the global order backed by American power and leadership, Obama has left the world, including his secretary of state, unmoored....

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Misconnecting the Dots

Simond de Galbert, Benjamin Haddad & Iskander Rehman

The threat of homegrown Islamic terrorism, particularly in francophone Europe, is very real. Hasty generalizations about its causes help no one....

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Russian Jets Buzz U.S. Navy Ship at 30 Feet

Walter Russell Mead

Russian planes ran a simulated attack on a U.S. Navy ship yesterday. Russia continues to test, to probe, and to provoke....

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Bernie's Jewish Problem, and Hillary's Surprisingly Bold Response

Ronald Radosh

It does appear that Clinton is not going down Sanders’ path on Israel as she has done on so many other issues....

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College Isn’t Always Worth It

Walter Russell Mead

We need to meet the practical needs of the sizable population percentage that doesn't benefit very much from sitting in classrooms year after year....

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New American Grand Strategy

Seth Cropsey

Since Woodrow Wilson, the goal of American foreign policy has been to prevent regional hegemony. ...

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Obama Causes a Drug Epidemic and Makes It Worse

John P. Walters

Obama's Administration is dismantling the tools, international partnerships, and governing structures needed to stop the destruction it has unleashed...

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Turkish Town Riots Against Syrian Refugees

Walter Russell Mead

Ominous signs point to serious turbulence ahead for the EU-Turkey migrant deal....

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Enseñanzas de la Historia

Jaime Daremblum

La semana pasada hubo una celebración en Washington de la OTAN, alianza política y militar que emergió tras la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Más allá d...

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The FCC Should Drop Its Proposed Rules For Set-Top Boxes

Harold Furchtgott­Roth

When the FCC exercises its power with little purpose and little thought, it is unlikely to do much if any good....

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Japan's Wild Monetary Experiment Is Far From Over

Brendan Brown

The leading narrative in the foreign exchange markets is told and re-told to explain how the Japanese yen has surged this year despite an ever wilder ...

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Financial Transparency After Panama

Walter Russell Mead

Berlin and Paris unveiled a welcome set of new initiatives on transparency and tax dodging yesterday....

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Time for Southeast Asia to Stop Diplomatic Free-riding

John Lee

Why the voices of Southeast Asian countries that are not treaty allies of the U.S. matter....

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Vladimir Putin's Big Short

Arthur Herman

Vladimir Putin's Middle East policy is predicated on U.S. decline....

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We've Said It – Now What? Genocide in the Middle East

Nina Shea

What does the genocide designation do for targeted religious groups? ...

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A Drought of Ideas

Walter Russell Mead

It is the cognitive elite that has let the country down....

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Philanthropy Can Fend Off Attacks on Endowments by Giving at the Grass-Roots

William A. Schambra

The fact that modern American democracy tolerates foundation endowments is simply amazing....

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Pity the Poor Bankers

Irwin M. Stelzer

There ariseth a little cloud out of Minneapolis, smaller than the hand of a central banker, but worrying nevertheless....

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The Birth of a Nation

Arthur Herman

Japanese and American troops landed in Siberia to support the Czech Legion....

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Senator Lindsey Graham on Lessons from the Syrian War and the Need for U.S. Leadership

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham on the lessons learned after five years of civil war in Syria and the need for U.S. leadership in the region....

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