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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
October 31, 2014
Pushing the Boundaries

Russian Probing Picks Up Steam in Cyberspace Too

While we’re not at Cold War levels of brinksmanship yet by a long shot, it’s beginning to feel a lot like winter.

the other immigration crisis

Europe’s Options on Mediterranean Immigrants: Bad and Worse

America isn’t the only country facing a flood of migration from the south.

Alternative for Scotland

Labour Set to Lose Big in Scotland

New polls show that Labour could lose almost all of its Scottish MPs to the Scottish Nationalist Party, but the dissatisfaction with European politics-as-usual extends far beyond the Scottish border.

Foreign Fracking

Argentina Chases After the American Shale Bandwagon

Argentina boasts the world’s second and fourth largest shale gas and tight oil reserves, respectively, and by passing an oil and gas reform law earlier this week, it hopes to catch up to the American shale revolution.

Crude Economics

Plunging Oil Prices Undermine the Case for US LNG Exports

Much has been made of the potential of America’s shale gas to find buyers abroad, but with many gas contracts tied to the price of oil and the recent rapid decline of said price, U.S. LNG seems to be losing the potential cost advantage it was purported to have.

Limousine Liberalism

African-Americans Abandon Blue Paradises

From 2000 to 2010, African-Americans left America’s biggest blue cities in record numbers for more conservative cities. Blue cities increasingly work only for the affluent.

Tax Attack

International Deal Cracks Down on Tax Evasion

More than 50 countries are fighting back against tax evasion by signing a new international deal. It’s good news—and will be made all the better if countries use the money they gain for much-needed domestic reforms.

Public Health on Halloween

The Ghosts of Quarantines Past

Some lessons for today’s public health crises from the storied past of Ellis Island Immigrant Health Hospital.

The EU Dodges A Bullet

Ukraine-Russia Gas Deal Kicks the Can Down the Road

The crisis has been averted, but only temporarily. Meanwhile, Putin retains the ability to throw Ukraine into political and military crisis whenever he likes.

October 30, 2014
ACA Agonistes

Polls Reveal a Muddled Middle On Health Care

A review of 27 opinion polls on the ACA shows a public that likes neither the law nor the campaign to repeal it. That’s prime opportunity for politicians who can stake out some kind of middle ground—no matter how incoherent that position seems to dueling liberals and conservatives.

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