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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
July 22, 2014
Making Children Cheaper

Millennials Priced Out of Procreation

Many young people want to have children but think they can’t afford to support them. It’s past time to dismantle blue model systems making parenthood so expensive.

Sanctions by Another Name?

Britain Reopens Inquiry into Murder of KGB Dissident

Dissident KGB officer Sasha Litvinenko was poisoned with radioactive polonium in London in 2006. For diplomatic reasons, London may have overlooked Putin’s involvement—until now.

ACA Agonistes

Court Deals Obamacare Its Biggest Blow Yet

A federal appeals court has ruled that the federal government cannot provide subsidies to consumers who buy plans through state-run exchanges. The ruling may get overturned, but even if it does, bigger challenges remain for the law.

Israel Under Fire

U.S. Halts Flights to Israel

The FAA has put a temporary ban on flights to Ben-Gurion Airport, after a rocket launched from Gaza landed in a nearby town. This is the first military consequence of Hamas rocket attacks for Israel, and could strengthen Israel’s resolve to shut down Hamas, despite international pressure.

The Results Are In

Reformer Wins Indonesian Election

Indonesia has elected a reformer who started life as a humble furniture maker. But his ex-military opponent may not go quietly.

Russia vs. the West

Voice of Sanity in Russia?

A recent interview with a close economic advisor to Putin suggests that a minority at the heights of Russian power disapproves of isolationism and favors closer ties to the West. Anybody who wants to see Russia’s relationship with the West reverse its current course, take note.

God Wars

It Can Happen Here: Anti-Semitism in LA, Boston

Violent anti-semitic riots broke out in France and Germany recently. But anyone who thinks it couldn’t happen here hasn’t been paying attention.

Uber Alles? Nein!

Uber Hits Snag in South Korea

Seoul wants to ban Uber. Will the self-proclaimed disruptor face similar resistance elsewhere in Asia?

July 21, 2014
Podcast

Episode 24: The West’s Small Steps Against Russia and Musical Chairs in London

Good evening, podcast listeners! We have an excellent episode for you this week, as we invite Andrew A. Michta on to discuss the West’s tepid response to Moscow’s aggression, and talk to John Bew about David Cameron’s recent cabinet reshuffle.

After MH17

No More Frozen Conflicts

In the wake of the Malaysia Air shoot down, Many Western leaders are calling for a ceasefire and a political solution to the conflict in Ukraine. They’re making a big mistake—one that could end up creating yet another “frozen conflict” along Russia’s periphery. The West should instead be helping the leadership in Kiev restore full sovereignty over Ukraine’s territory.

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