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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
October 1, 2014
Chemin Neuf and the Community of Bose

A New Monasticism

What could monastic life today look like? Two attempts at reimagining how it could thrive in the twenty-first century.

NYT Wrings Its Hands

GOP Taking Advantage of Events to Make WH Look Incompetent?

It’s so unfair! Botch the public rollout of your most important domestic political program, fail to reform the VA after campaigning on a promise to do exactly that, and then make serial misjudgments about world affairs that see Russia launch a war against Ukraine even as the U.S. goes back into Iraq—and your opponents decide to make political hay out of it!

September 30, 2014
Disaster Movie Redux

Ebola Arrives in Dallas

The first patient to have fallen sick of Ebola in the United States was admitted to a hospital in Dallas. It’s difficult at times like these not to feel like you’ve woken up during the opening scenes of some awful disaster movie.

Strange Bedfellows in the Middle East

Israel Looks to Broaden Rapprochement with Arab States

“The old template for peace must be updated”, the Israeli Prime Minister said, citing the growing alignment between the Sunni states and the Jewish one.

ACA Fail Fractal

Under the ACA, the Doctor Won’t See You Now

In a health care system as dysfunctional as ours, Obamacare’s coverage expansions are beginning to seem purely symbolic. Three recent stories highlight how the law is making it harder to access care the plans will cover.

Sign of the Times

Behold the Transformative Power of Shale

In 2003, construction began on a massive LNG import terminal near Sabine Pass, Texas. Now, that facility’s investors are opening up their checkbooks again to turn the terminal into one suitable for exports.

Priorities

Is the White House Pushing the Pentagon to Release Gitmo Inmates?

There may be good reasons to close down Guantanamo, but that’s no simple task, and the both President and the country have more urgent problems.

Ask Adam Anything

Ask Adam Garfinkle Anything Today at 2pm EDT

Adam Garfinkle is participating in an Ask Me Anything on reddit today at 2pm EDT. He’ll be fielding questions about the Syrian conflict. Stop by and ask questions!

Mass Confusion

The World Is Getting More Complicated, and Americans Know it

A new poll finds that Americans who stay informed about politics believe the world has gotten more complicated over the last decade. Gentry liberals try to explain this away by accusing partisans like the Koch brothers of willfully distorting what are in truth simple matters. But it is far more reasonable to be confused during this age of uncertainty and anxiety than to believe that everything is crystal clear.

Combatting Corruption

A Conversation with Mark Wolf

Ruth Wedgwood interviews Judge Mark Wolf, a district judge on the federal bench in Massachusetts and former anti-corruption prosecutor, about his ideas for an International Anti-Corruption Court.

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