The problem with a short-term debt limit increase is it muddies everything you’re trying to make clear.
If Putin and Obama ever do manage to stop their reciprocal bouts of preening, they’d do well to consider cribbing from Merkel’s machismo-less political methods.
'The law is still the law, and we must follow it whether we like it or not.' This is probably my favorite line in the whole damn thing. There's a Russian saying that goes, “the severity of the law is mitigated by the need to get around it.” Russians, from a grocery cashier up to President Putin, know that there's a way around every law should the will to get around it exist. This is probably because in Russia, the law is not a framework to enforce rights and order; the law is seen as a bludgeon which can be used to selectively punish people. This understanding of the law has flowered most fragrantly under Putin.
By Julia Ioffe
This, apparently, is how diplomacy happens these days: Someone makes an off-hand remark at a press conference and triggers an international chain reaction that turns an already chaotic and complex situation completely on its head, and gives everyone a sense that, perhaps, this is the light at the end of the indecision tunnel.
By Julia Ioffe
President Obama is at the point where his scaling-back policy is starting to undercut or demolish many of the other foreign-policy goals of his administration—and, indeed, his own personal ideals dating back to his childhood.
By James Mann
Much of the outcome in Syria now depends on whether Washington and its allies are willing to use military means to put regime members on the horns of a dilemma: leave and live, or stay and die.
Under Obamacare, young people will be eligible for subsides that make insurance affordable for the very first time. The coverage might not be as comprehensive as they (or I) would like, but it will offer protection they’ve always wanted—and, for many young people, that will be enough.
The rule making process is unwieldy enough, said Heinzerling, and environmental regulations are so behemoth, that someone is bound to challenge the final rule on a technicality.
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