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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
July 31, 2014
Don't Cry to Me Argentina

Argentina Defaults—Sort Of

Argentina defaulted after last-minute talks broke down last night, though the market seems poised to give them a second chance. But can Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner take advantage of it?

Blue Model Death Spasms

Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules for Walker

The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld a controversial collective bargaining law as constitutional, completing and sealing Governor Scott Walker’s momentous victory over public sector unions.

The Oldest Hatred

Bernard-Henri Lévy: Europe Has an Anti-Semite Problem

Bernard-Henri Levy writes that the selective outrage of Europeans at the actions of Israel—and their silence over the atrocities of Assad and Hamas—reveals that old, dark force at work: anti-Semitism.

Reforming Delivery

The One-Stop-Shop School

Republicans and Democrats are backing a new “community school” model, in which public and private services are delivered to lower-income students at their schools. If advocates are right that it can raise both student performance and quality of life, this could a good post-blue idea for reforming government service delivery.

No Shale For You

Sanctions on Russian Energy Walk a Fine Line

The U.S. and Europe have finally imposed sanctions against Russian energy interests, a measure Europe has been especially hesitant to take over energy security concerns. Policymakers hope that by targeting high-tech shale segments of the industry, the West can dim Russia’s energy future without endangering Europe’s present.

July 30, 2014
Reforming Delivery

De Blasio Brings Common Sense to NYC Health Care?

To save on health costs for municipal labor, NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio is pushing sensible reforms of health care service delivery.

The Purge

Xi’s Party Purge Sets Sights on Shanghai

Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign is an old-school Communist Party purge. Now that it has taken down China’s biggest “tiger,” Xi is shifting attention to Shanghai, the richest city in the country.

Putin's Mini-Me

Hungarian PM: Just Say No to Liberal Democracy

The totalitarian temptation is alive and well in Hungary, with Viktor Orbán proudly renouncing liberal democracy in a speech over the weekend.

ACA Fail Fractal

CA Premiums Spike by as Much as 88 Percent

California’s insurance commissioner claims that ACA premiums have spiked by as much as 88 percent in his state. The ACA may be insuring more people, but a broader view of its effects presents a much less pretty picture.

Out of Bounds

Kurdish Oil Tanker Escapes Texas Justice

A tanker loaded with Kurdish crude is floating far enough off the coast of Galveston to be outside the jurisdiction of the Texas court that ordered its cargo seized yesterday.

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