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Ukraine is getting ever more dangerous

On CNN last Sunday, Stephen Cohen suggested that we are only two steps away from another Cuban missile crisis. Is that possible, or hyperbole? Revolutions create great risks because they create uncertainty and anxiety. The strength and policies of the … Continue reading

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And the next political disaster is…

The Affordable Care Act signup website.  You would think that the Health and  Human Services department would have realized that (1) the most immediate, direct, and widespread contact that Americans would initially have with Obamacare would be the process of … Continue reading

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It’s a New Day (again)

Day 4 of the Federal Shutdown — and the sky has not fallen, the earth has not stopped spinning.  In fact, it is a beautiful sunny day here in Washington DC, traffic is light, and except for the odd crazy … Continue reading

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Putin plays his hand well – but with what result?

President Vladimir Putin has skillfully taken advantage of the opening given, almost by accident, by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, for Russia to frame the debate on what to do about the civil war raging in Syria. Russia’s strategic … Continue reading

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Deaths in Egypt

I have seen reports in recent days of the death of democracy in Egypt (when was it ever alive — perhaps just barely?)  I have seen reports that the Arab Spring is “over,”  “dead” or “being reversed.” All of these … Continue reading

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Public Spending, Private Wealth

“It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.”  — Matthew 19:24 “The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving (and thanks for Gaza’s cease-fire)

Today on Thanksgiving we have some things to be thankful for. The cease-fire in Gaza is holding (so far).  This is important not only to stop the killing, but also because it represents a breakthrough in the relationship between President … Continue reading

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Obama wins — but will anything change?

The US election of 2012 was remarkable for its lack of surprises.  Obama won basically the same states he won in 2008.   His victory was based on overwhelming majorities among minorities and strong leads among women and the young, especially … Continue reading

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