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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
August 1, 2014
Epidemic

A Jarring Ebola Statistic

According to the WHO, one in ten victims of Ebola have been health workers.

Sun Stroke of Genius

Are Wet Roads the Key to Solar Power’s Future?

New research out of MIT suggests a new, more efficient, and potentially more cost-effective method for harnessing the sun’s energy.

Deadline Disaster

US Biofuel Boondoggle Is Bureaucracy at Its Worst

The EPA is pushing the deadline for refiners to comply with last year’s biofuel targets back even further. This is bureaucracy as its worst.

Obamacare Fail

The ACA Is in a Total PR Free-fall

A new poll, taken in the midst of a string of neutral or positive media coverage, shows undecideds breaking against the ACA. Obamacare may be losing the war of attrition.

Gassing Up

It’s Been a “Good Week” for US LNG

Two proposed LNG export facilities—one in Oregon and one in Texas—received federal approval this week, a sign of shale’s transformational power.

ACA Fail Fractal

Top Florida Insurer to Increase Premiums by 17 Percent

Florida Blue will raise its premiums for ACA plans by an average of 17.6 percent next year, after at least four years of increases of over 11 percent. The Affordable Care Act is doing nothing to address underlying factors making our system more unsustainable every year.

Game of Thrones

Japan to Give Coast Guard Ships to Vietnam

Japan has offered Vietnam six of its coast guard ships, lightly used, to bulk up Hanoi’s patrol fleet. As China races ahead in expanding its naval capabilities, its neighbors are banding together to balance it.

CIA Spies on Senate

The Dangers of Obama’s Intel Mismanagement

As John Brennan apologized to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for his staff spying on them, yet another failure of the Obama administration to manage its intel agencies soundly is coming into focus. It couldn’t be happening at a worse time.

In Their Own Words

Hamas’ Too-Little-Known Fascist Charter

As the Gaza conflict rolls on, the Western press has virtually ignored Hamas’s 1988 “Covenant,” which precisely details the terror group’s radical anti-Semitism and intellectual debt to Nazi ideology.

 

What Rankles Russia

Putin’s Energy Weapon Cuts Both Ways

Russia’s over-reliance on oil and gas exports for its budget revenues makes it vulnerable to the ups and downs of energy markets.

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