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Jan 29 2015 - The New York Times by Thomas L. Friedman
Last March, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was quoted as saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attack on Ukraine, supposedly in defense of Russian–speakers there, was just like “what Hitler did back in the ‘30s“ — using ethnic Germans to justify his invasion of neighboring lands. At the time, I thought such a comparison was over the top. I don’t think so anymore. I’d endorse Mrs. Clinton’s comparison purely for the shock value: It draws attention to the awful things Putin is doing to Ukraine, not to mention his own country, whose credit rating was just reduced to junk status.
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Yep, you are a little late, Friedman. We all realized what was going on. bbm
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President Obama
Jan 29 2015 - The Dallas Morning News by CARL P. LEUBSDORF
With minimal exceptions, the political goals of President Barack Obama’s congressional Republican opponents have been clear from the start: prevent significant achievements.
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The goal of Obama is to do the wrong thing for America. And he has done it despite Congress. bbm
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News / Economics
Wages
Jan 24 2015 - The New York Times by NICHOLAS KRISTOF
Since the end of the 1970s, something has gone profoundly wrong in America.
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Some background. Even with the global Great Depression, the United States performed brilliantly in the first three–quarters of the 20th century, with incomes and education mostly rising and inequality flat or falling — and gains were broadly shared by poor and rich alike." Government became more involved. Simple answer, simple solution.
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European economics
Jan 28 2015 - The New York Times by Paul Krugman
Alexis Tsipras, leader of the left–wing Syriza coalition, is about to become prime minister of Greece. He will be the first European leader elected on an explicit promise to challenge the austerity policies that have prevailed since 2010. And there will, of course, be many people warning him to abandon that promise, to behave “responsibly.”
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Fairy tales by Krugman. bbm
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Our Own Hundred Years? War
Jan 30 2015 - The Desert Sun by DAVID IGNATIUS
What went wrong for the U.S.–backed government in Yemen and what are the consequences for counterterrorism operations there against al–Qaeda’s most dangerous affiliate? Both questions have disturbing answers.
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Foreign assistance can help strong, broadly based governments, but not fragile, polarized ones." Is that nonsensical or what?
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Israel-Iran Conflict
Jan 30 2015 - Salt Lake Tribune by EUGENE ROBINSON
The political ramifications are clear: House Speaker John Boehner and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a colossal mistake by conspiring behind President Obama's back, and the move has ricocheted on both of them.
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If Boehner's aim was to paint Obama as somehow soft on Iran, he failed at that, too." Nobody has to do that; it is as plain as Obama's nose.
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