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Maya MacGuineas in The Guardian | 'Budget Gap Set to Climb Steeply'

January 22, 2008
U.S. budget gap set to climb steeply this year (The Guardian)
... Referring to the prospects of growing budget deficits this year, Maya MacGuineas, head of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, said, "Every billion is a big deal."

Mark Schmitt in The Guardian | The 'Theory of Change'

December 31, 2007
This is the most important election of our lifetime (Guardian Unlimited - UK)
The astute analyst and writer Mark Schmitt was the first to identify this phenomenon, naming the Democratic race the "theory of change" primary. ...

Keep the Cynics at Bay

  • By
  • Daniel Levy,
  • New America Foundation
November 27, 2007 |

Theories abound as to why an Annapolis conference and why now. Jerry Seinfeld would be excused for thinking that this is all a personal conspiracy against him -- his visit to Israel was dominating the headlines until Annapolis came along. In fact some in the Israeli media have been drawing a rather unflattering analogy: the Annapolis conference resembles a Seinfeld episode -- it's about nothing. Yada yada yada.

Steve Clemons in The Guardian on Clinton's Stance on Pakistan

November 21, 2007

In the Democratic presidential scuffle over extricating the U.S. from Iraq, differences among the candidates have faded into the background recently. But the rivals are diverging on an equally incendiary foreign policy issue: the political instability in Pakistan.

Drowning in Lawyers

  • By
  • Jedediah Purdy,
  • New America Foundation
October 30, 2007 |

The US Senate judiciary committee has drawn a line in the water -- and is holding it. Before the committee's Democrats approve Michael Mukasey's nomination for attorney general, they want to know that he believes waterboarding is torture under United States law. Simulating drowning to get terrified detainees to speak, a favourite technique of the Khmer Rouge, strikes many as a paradigm of torture. If it isn't torture, what does the word mean?

Can't Talk the Talk

  • By
  • Jedediah Purdy,
  • New America Foundation
October 25, 2007 |

One of the standard complaints about Hillary Clinton's candidacy is that she reminds everyone of 15 years of partisan anger. Like Pavlov's bells, the story goes, she starts Americans salivating over mental maps of red and blue. There's something to that. Many Bush supporters loathed both Clintons, and liberals have amply returned the sentiment since 2000.

Iraq Withdrawal Will Not Hand Victory to Bin Laden

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
August 27, 2007 |

Critics of the Iraq war have called it George Bush’s Vietnam. Now, it appears, President Bush himself agrees. In a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars last week, the president sought to increase support for his policy by drawing parallels between the consequences of the US departure from Indochina in the mid-1970s and possible consequences of a US withdrawal from Iraq.

Anatol Lieven in The Guardian on U.S. Relations with Russia

August 25, 2007

...Russia held wargames last week in the Urals involving troops from Russia and China and four central Asian states. Moscow has infuriated Georgia after a Russian missile landed on the outskirts of its capital, Tbilisi. Much of the military posturing is for internal consumption, ahead of parliamentary elections in December and a presidential poll in spring. Pictures showing a shirtless Mr Putin on a fishing trip have been a source of national pride.

The Sins of the Sons

  • By
  • Steven Clemons,
  • New America Foundation
August 1, 2007 |

In Japan (and the US perhaps), embarrassment and shame are so, well, 20th century. In the old days, a hot financial scandal or political defeat would lead at minimum to resignation -- and occasionally, to far worse self-inflicted circumstances, such as ritual suicide.

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