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Inflation Nation
Inflation Nation
Argentina: The Beginning of the End?

The day of reckoning seems to be dawning on the latest iteration of Peronist failure in Argentina. The government of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s serial refusal to bow to market realities put the country’s Central Bank in an impossible position, forcing it to pull the plug on support for the peso. This could be more than just another currency crisis. The foundations of Kirchnerismo could be beginning to crack.

Inflation Nation
Argentina Declares War on Amazon, Ebay

Economic buffoonery continues in Argentina, as the sinking government of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner now requires consumers who make online purchases from foreign websites to produce a written declaration at a customs office, and then to pay a 50 percent tax on the items. Like Argentina’s recent 35 percent tariff on foreign credit card transactions, and all the various currency controls President Fernández has introduced since 2011, this latest effort is unlikely to stop the country’s reserves from drying up.

Inflation Nation
Looting, Strikes Flare Across Argentina

Argentinians’ purchasing power has been destroyed by the inflationary problem the government claims it doesn’t have, leading to a vicious cycle of poverty and protests. Despite some of the most abundant natural resources on the planet, Argentina is failing fast.

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Putin's Patronage

The rebound of Russia’s largest oil company appears to be a major success story, but the truth is more complicated.

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Jason Willick on the inadequacy of the donor class vision for the Republican Party.

Regulate Don't Kill

Trying to apply blue model thinking to post-blue problems is foolish.

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.

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