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What the Court Did—and Why

Since 1976, when the Supreme Court decided the seminal case of Buckley v. Valeo, the Justices have been locked in what both sides see as a Manichean struggle over the constitutionality of campaign finance regulation. On one side are those Justices who view the world of politics as fraught with corruption and undue access for […]

Expand Democracy

The Supreme Court’s January 21, 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission struck me with a case of double vision. The decision said that corporations and labor unions have as much right as individuals to spend unlimited amounts for political advocacy. I cannot see corporations as being equivalent to natural persons and therefore […]

Decision Time

The European project is a global blueprint for social change, environmental protection and supranational governance. Yet nobody talks about Europe in such glowing terms today. Why has the shine come off the apple?

Drifting and at Risk

For a host of reasons, the European project, one of the most impressive international achievements of the past fifty years, is in deep crisis. “Malaise”, a word made famous by President Jimmy Carter in the 1970s, now seems the most apt description of the European Union’s mood.

A Retired Power

As it stands now, Europe has lost its self-confidence, its energy and its hopes that the next century will be the “European century.” From Beijing to Washington—and even in Brussels it-self—the Old Continent is widely viewed as a spent geopolitical force, as a great place to live but not a great place to dream.

A Crisis of Wishing

Some are smiling at Europe’s comeuppance. But Schadenfreude would be unwarranted, especially coming from Americans.

The Wall Street ICEcapade

Location, location, location is key for ICE Trust U.S., a new clearinghouse that trades credit default swaps, the complex financial instruments at the heart of one financial crisis after another, from Lehman Brothers to AIG to Greece.

Afghanistan Greened

Guess which German party is most hawkish on the war in Afghanistan.

A Special Relationship in Jeopardy

All four pillars of the Anglo-American alliance have been weakened, but its future is still in our hands.

Dear Mr. Corporation

Corporations are made of contracts, not people.

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A New Cud to Chew

Feeding cows seaweed could cut out 99 percent of their methane emissions.

Trouble in Brussels

After threatening Putin with new sanctions over Syria, European leaders discover they lack the political will to deliver.

The United States is now going to have to figure out how to help Venezuela avoid completely melting down, with the Venezuelan strongman still at the helm.

Fear the Airpocalypse

Companies are defying orders to cut back on air pollution.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Philippine officials sought to clarify Duterte’s comments on separating from the U.S., but the situation is still murky.

Reefer Madness

Is it Gary Johnson’s world? Not necessarily.

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