The biggest news of the week was obviously the royal baby: here we look at the politics of choosing a name for England’s third-in-line for the throne. Perhaps just as interesting were new revelations about Anthony Weiner’s continued sexting: here we show that there isn’t a “bad” Weiner who sexts and a “good” Weiner who runs for office; there’s just one Weiner who thrives on risk and living dangerously.In duller news, Detroit became the largest American city to file for bankruptcy this week but the city, amazingly, still plans to go ahead with a taxpayer-funded $450 million sports arena. There have been calls for Detroit to cash in on its large and valuable art collection. In other domestic news, a new study shows that Hispanic Americans get their news from English sources than Spanish which suggests American immigrants are assimilating, like always. And Wonkblog finally admitted that healthcare premiums under Obamacare are going to go up… a lot.Japan’s hawkish, popular prime minister Shinzo Abe’s LDP party won parliamentary elections in a landslide last weekend, and China reacted with a few threatening military maneuvers while Southeast Asia celebrated. The LDP win means Abe will have significant control over legislation over the next three years and will continue with economic reforms and aggressive foreign and military policy. Caroline Kennedy was announced as US ambassador to Japan, a smart choice. China announced an enormous funding package to combat smog. Bo Xilai was indicted on charges of extortion but his real crime was threatening the Communist Party. Jiangsu province is becoming the Detroit of China. Vice President Biden visited India this week but avoided the divisive chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, who is likely to become the opposition party’s candidate for prime minister next year. A potentially transformational Indian microfinance option for low-income workers is growing popular in India’s cities.The Middle East was full of bad news this week. Egypt got an economic boost but slid further into chaos; Reuters has a great longform analysis of the downfall of the Muslim Brotherhood. Some good news: the EU finally added Hezbollah’s military wing to the list of global terrorist groups. And John Kerry’s Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations inched forward, but the real heavy lifting has hardly begun. Iraq, free of US influence, is cozying up to Iran and descending into chaos. The White House concedes that Butcher Assad may not actually be going anywhere.In energy news, Bill Gates is trying thorium, Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto is trying to un-nationalize the state oil consortium, the EIA released an annual report that’s chock-full of delicious data that shows the world’s growing energy appetite, panic is increasing over the melting arctic even as scientists struggle to understand why the climate hasn’t warmed as fast as they thought it would. A GAO report damned Obama’s green job initiative.
Week in Review
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