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Walter Russell Mead
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Euro Division
Europeans Back Trump’s German Grievances

In taking on the destructive consequences of Germany’s export economy, the Trump Administration has a real point.

Refugee Politics
Trump’s Australia Imbroglio

Trump’s diplomatic blowup with the Australian Prime Minister is a reminder that the politics of refugees can’t be wished away.

Israel and the Grey Lady
The NYT’s Misleading Settlements Coverage

Whatever one’s opinion of the settlements, without the information that the NYT has deep-sixed, it’s actually impossible to know what is going on.

Trump's Executive Order
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The Refugee Ban and the Holocaust

The foreign policy failures of the Obama years are father to Trump’s callous treatment of refugees.

the future of retirement
Smart Republicans Would Address This Now

Momentum is building, as it should, for policymakers to do more to make saving for retirement easier for more people.

Year In Review
The Eight Great Powers of 2017

In 2016, Russia surpassed Germany, and Israel joined the list for the first time.

Year In Review
The Losers of 2016

2016 wasn’t just about winning. For a lot of people, and not a few ideas, 2016 was a year for losing. As the world settles into the Age of Trump, here is our list of the Biggest Losers of 2016.

Year In Review
The Winners of 2016

2016 was all about winning; Donald Trump promised that if the American people put him in the White House, we would win so much we would get tired of winning. Whatever happens next, there is no doubt that the Orange One was the mega-winner of the year. 2016 will always be remembered as the year that Donald Trump, a political novice and reality television show host, cut the legs off America’s two most powerful political dynasties and flabbergasted the establishments of both political parties.

Trump broke all the rules; he had less money than his principal opponents in both the primary and the general election campaigns. He trampled over the normal conventions, survived blunders that would have sunk other candidates, and turning the hatred of the media and the political and cultural establishments into a major asset.

But if Donald Trump dominated the year, he wasn’t the only winner in one of the most eventful and surprising years in recent memory. Here is our take on who else left their mark on 2016.

France 2017
Marine Le Pen’s Frexit Pitch

Le Pen’s description of the Euro as a “knife in the ribs” forcing countries to go where their people don’t want to go is sadly accurate.

brave new world
Some Thoughts on the Trump News Bombshell

This event is deeply damaging to the country and its institutions in the short run. Don’t for a second think that Putin is unhappy by this latest turn of events.

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Trump Ties

Dmitry Firtash, a Ukrainian oligarch with ties to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, could soon face extradition to the U.S. on bribery charges.

Frack Baby Frack

A newly energized shale industry is once again pushing U.S. oil production near the 9 million barrels per day mark.


… covered very differently by the New York Times.

MSM watch

The purpose of a pension fund is to invest money and turn a profit for pensioners, right?

Higher Education Watch

GOP legislators are beclowning themselves by proposing utterly unworkable solutions that infringe on academic freedom and in any case would make things far worse.

Asia's Game of Thrones

On behalf of ASEAN, the Philippines has issued a rare expression of unanimous concern over China’s actions in the South China Sea.

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