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Putin's Priorities
Putin's Priorities
Amid Economic Woes, Russia Ups Military Spending

With the economy suffering, the Russian president’s popularity hinges, largely, on his foreign military adventurism and defiant, powerful image. If that leads him to overspend on defense while he ignores fundamental market problems, as it seems to be, he’s asking for his least favorite episode in history to repeat itself.

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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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