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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
April 16, 2014

Can One Teach The Whole Gospel While Standing On One Leg?

Modernity poses a not-unhealthy challenge to all religions to reflect on their core convictions. What is Christianity all about?

Black and blue

Illinois: Greece of the Great Lakes

Illinois’s serial policy failures would look bad in any circumstance, but they look even worse when placed next to the success of reform-minded neighbors like Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin.

April 15, 2014
Winter for Higher-Ed

Small Colleges Sink Further into the Red

Small, private schools with small endowments tend to overly rely on tuition funds, and many are in dire straits right now as enrollments decline. Some may survive, but many will fail.

Game of Thrones

Fretting About China, Vietnam Releases Prisoners, Embraces US

A network of alliances and cooperative relationships is emerging in south and east Asia to combat China’s increasingly aggressive rise.

Deadly Disease

Virus Fears Spreading Through the Middle East

A virus with a roughly 50 percent fatality rate has been surging in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in recent weeks. Scientists worry the region is one mutation away from a very scary outbreak.

ACA Agonistes

ACA’s Narrow Networks Have Arrived

ACA supporters are hailing ACA cost savings, but there’s a catch: premiums are going down because networks are getting narrower.

Indian Elections

BJP’s Narendra Modi Using Body Doubles on the Campaign Trail

Narendra Modi and the BJP are using Modi lookalikes to help campaign in India’s election.

Pension Wars

Unions Waging War on Arithmetic

Unions are waging an aggressive campaign against nonprofit groups that fund research into problems with public pensions.

Red Shirt Radio

Nationwide Manhunt for Radio Host Who Insulted Thai King

The hunt for a radio host who insulted Thailand’s king gives us a window into the parlous state of the country and its politics.

Prices Prices Prices

Doctors’ Guilds Protect Useless Spending

A trend towards cutting back on unnecessary procedures could save patients real time and money. Unfortunately, some medical guilds aren’t eager to reduce waste that’s profitable to their memberships.


Playing Putin’s Game

It’s time to start thinking strategically about how to deal with Vladimir Putin in a post-Crimea world. A good first step would be to strengthen commitment to NATO in Europe.

Silicon Washington

The Tech Lobby Gets Serious

Google was the second-biggest corporate spender on lobbying in 2012. Big Tech needs Uncle Sam’s help, and Washington needs a happy and vibrant Silicon Valley.

April 14, 2014
Back to Basics

A Strategy for Eurasia

It’s time to restore Transatlantic security relations to their central place in U.S. national security strategy.

Green Dreams

What the IPCC Doesn’t Get

The IPCC has some suggestions for averting disastrous climate change, but rather than propping up current-generation renewables technology, we’d be better off funding the research and development of products capable of competing on their own merit.

Student Loan Bubble

Private Colleges Fight to Keep Data Away from Students

Private colleges have fought against a federal system that would make data on graduation rates and employment outcomes available to students. This idea’s time may finally have arrived, however: Both parties have gotten behind it.

Africa's Islamist Problem

Massive Terrorist Attack Rocks Nigerian Capital

A brazen morning bombing of a bus station on the outskirts of Abuja marks the largest terrorist attack ever this close to Nigeria’s capital. Though no group has yet claimed responsibility, the Islamist group Boko Haram is the likely culprit.

Blue Island on the Brink

Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court Nixes Pension Fix

Puerto Rico has a terminal case of the Blue Social Model. The island’s highest court has ruled that recent reforms of teachers’ pensions are unconstitutional.

Game of Thrones

Japan and South Korea to Talk Over “Comfort Women” Dispute

On the heels of Japan’s recent apology to the Philippines for wartime brutality, the Japanese PM will meet with South Korea’s President to discuss the “comfort women” dispute.


Episode 10: Russia Looms over Ukraine While the West Dithers

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Events in Ukraine—and their far-reaching geopolitical implications—are enough to make one’s head spin. But fret not, dear listener, for we’ve got the cure for what ails you, in a easily-digested 23 minute .mp3.

Australian PM Hits a Triple in Asia

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott leaves Asia in triumph. He signed two free-trade agreements—one with Japan and the other with South Korea—and laid the groundwork for a third with China.

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