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Blue Meltdown
Blue Meltdown
Puerto Rico Girds for Default

The first of a set of defaults looks likely happen early this week, while Washington appears no closer to coming up with a solution to make the unraveling more ordered.

Blue Meltdown
What Democracy Doesn’t Look Like

$25,000 cash prize for voting in Los Angeles? Something sounds wrong.

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Detroit Seizes Homes to Fund Corruption

Detroit is foreclosing on homes whose owners failed to pay property taxes. This is the ugly state of the Great Society in many cities today: corruption and dysfunction funded by injustice.

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NYC's Disappearing Middle Class

The middle class is quickly disappearing in blue New York City—and many of Mayor de Blasio’s policies will accelerate that process. It turns out the rich wear blue the best.

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Young People Abandon Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico now has another problem on top of its ravaged finances and poor credit rating: citizens are fleeing the island in droves. Since the year 2000, Puerto Rico has lost nearly 300,000 people to the mainland—a large number of an island with a population of 3.6 million—and the exodus is only speeding up, with an average of 54,000 leaving the island over the past few years. And with the unemployment rate hovering near 15 percent, nearly double that of the mainland, the trend shows few signs of reversing.

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Asia's Game of Thrones

The Trump Administration is likely to comply.

demographic transformation

The millennial urban boom may be coming to a close. This could have major consequences for America’s politics and geography.

A Heavy Lift

No, probably not. But President Trump may have trouble lifting them in the first place.

Delivering on Promises

TPP, NAFTA, and a special deal with the UK: Trump’s first week will be a busy one.

WRM in the WSJ

Eliot Cohen’s new book presents a nuanced and compelling defense of hard power.


Regular readers know the answer: not very effective at all.

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