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Texas vs. California
Texas vs. California
Red Beats Blue at Its Own Game

Rick Perry is enjoying more good news at California’s expense: Texas has surpassed California as America’s leading tech export state, partly because manufacturing costs are lower there. It’s mostly blue voters and officials who have been bemoaning the export of America’s factory jobs to China. But it’s our bluest state whose labor costs are so high that it can’t retain the manufacturing jobs its own tech sector creates.

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Deal or No Deal

The answer isn’t straightforward, and it’s likely to be decided by our next president.

Asia's Game of Thrones

As Duterte continues to slam the U.S. and look to China, Japan is caught in an awkward position.


By snubbing nuclear power, Berlin has consigned itself to decades of coal dependence.

The European Immigration Crisis

There is nothing so permanent as a temporary measure.

Miracles Can Happen

It’s probably not a model for the country (as some analysts would have it), but it shows that compromise is possible when all parties involved are committed to finding a practical solution.

Putin on a show?

Russia’s advantage in Syria is a matter of political will, not technical capability.

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