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Department of Can-Kicking
Department of Can-Kicking
Municipalities Mortgaging Their Futures

As the rolling pensions crisis has amply shown, America’s struggling cities and states excel at nothing so much as procrastination—dithering, passing legislative half-measures—anything to avoid tackling their problems head-on. Illinois’ interminable pension reform saga is the most obvious example of this, but Springfield is hardly alone.

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Walter Russell Mead & Staff
Why We Can't Have Nice Things

Déjà vu all over again.

Public Opinion

A new Gallup poll registers big increases in respect for police, including among Democrats and nonwhites.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Both Washington and Manila are doing damage control in the wake of Duterte’s latest comments, but the real test is yet to come.


Even the New York Times is beginning to acknowledge Obama’s sorry legacy in the Middle East.

beyond blue

Financial literacy has to become a basic element of the U.S. educational system.


The inability to pass the easiest of trade deals with Canada speaks to a deeper structural crisis at the heart of the continent.

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