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Follow the Money

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 12.11.2014 | Money
William B. Bradshaw

The value of a country's currency is basically dependent upon the country's integrity and having the assets necessary to pay its debt and back up its currency. This was a real problem for early Americans prior to, and for several years following, the Revolutionary War.

Ebola and National Security

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.10.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The discussions quietly occurring in the corridors of the White House, CIA, Pentagon, and in other capitals throughout the world certainly point to grave concern on the part of policy and decision makers about the possibility of a worst-case scenario becoming reality.

Why We Need More Military Spending

Jonathan Adelman | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Adelman

The isolationism of the United States before 1940 is long gone. The new world of instantaneous communication has destroyed the isolation of Americans from the world. With the end of the post-Cold War era, there are potentially serious future threats to American security.

Leaving No Escape Route for ISIS

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 12.09.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

This may well be Obama's last chance to change the widespread perception of being weak and indecisive, and restore America's image as the indispensable global leader because only the US can lead the battle against ISIS to a successful conclusion.

Why Foreign Fighters Are Joining ISIL

Robert D. Onley | Posted 12.08.2014 | World
Robert D. Onley

The appeal of the Caliph's simple end times narrative forms the foundation of an Islamist movement which is driving men to commit unthinkable acts of murder, genocide and suicide attacks against strangers with different religious beliefs.

The New Global Imbalance: Too Much Financial Risk-Taking, Not Enough Economic-Risk Taking

José Viñals | Posted 12.08.2014 | Business
José Viñals

I have three key messages for you today: 1. Policymakers are facing a new global imbalance: not enough economic risk-taking in support of growth, but...

Legacies, Clouds and Uncertainties

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 12.08.2014 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

Among advanced countries, the United States and the United Kingdom in particular are leaving the financial crisis behind and achieving decent growth. Even for them however, potential growth is lower than it was in the early 2000s.

Which Was the American Century?

Richard Koch | Posted 12.07.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

Although I have lived and worked in the U.S., over the last two decades I have become an infrequent visitor. So my 5-day visit to Chicago for my Star Principle seminar last week provided a chance to take the pulse, and reminded me how very different America is from Europe.

Downton Abbey Stars Help Doc McStuffins Pay Tribute to the 'Lady With the Lamp,' Florence Nightingale

Jim Hill | Posted 12.06.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

If you're just not willing to wait another three months before you can once again hear Mrs. Patmore clattering around down in the kitchen or listen in as Anna confides in Lady Mary upstairs, I might have a solution for you.

Why Europe Is Doing the Ice Bucket Challenge With a Glass of Water

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 12.06.2014 | World
Gemma Godfrey

ECB President Mario Draghi has been highly effective with his words alone -- moving markets with speeches and little action. However, by doing so he has also set the bar high and expectations for action are becoming the norm.

Bring the Vote to the People

David Vognar | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
David Vognar

I propose America engage in an experiment by amending the Constitution in order to replace the House of Representatives with a chamber whose votes are based on direct voting by the people.

Fulfilling the US and India's Extraordinary Promise Through Public Health

Akash Goel | Posted 12.03.2014 | World
Akash Goel

Now is a defining moment of leadership between the U.S. and India. Any strategic partnership must include engagements on public health in order to fulfill the extraordinary promise of the world´s two largest democracies.

How Obama Cut the Deficit in Half -- And Made Us Pay the Price

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Barack Obama deserves credit for delivering on his promise to shrink the deficit -- a promise that Mitt Romney and his tax cuts would surely have violated -- but Americans have to ask themselves whether they really want a smaller government.

Hate Speech is Undermining Turkey's Fragile Democracy

Emre Celik | Posted 02.12.2015 | World
Emre Celik

Erdogan has employed a multidimensional effort to intimidate, silence and otherwise persecute every institution or individual remotely associated with Gulen.

Prosecutors Can Play Role in Ending Mass Incarceration

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 11.30.2014 | Crime
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

No one argues that a federal prosecutor's role is easy. And, in many ways, the revolution in prosecution requires them to make even more subtle and difficult judgments than they do already. But if the nation is to end mass incarceration, with a criminal justice system suited to that goal, we must collectively embrace the revolution in prosecution.

As America Fights Terror, it Loses More Than it Gains

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.29.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

As the United States ramps up its 'no boots on the ground' war against jihadists in Iraq and Syria, the stream of threats emanating from the region appear to grow ever wider and deeper.

America's Weirdest Fall Festivals

MiniTime | Posted 11.28.2014 | Travel
MiniTime

Whether you're betting on speeding coffins, tasting teriyaki bear or just yelling your head off, autumn brings a sense of excitement to the kookiest festivalgoers.

Politics and Real Estate in the U.S.

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business
Daniel Wagner

Regardless of who becomes President in 2016, or what the composition of Congress may be, hard choices will continue to need to be made about a whole range of issues, such as how much funding should be allocated to subsidize mortgages or support affordable housing

America's Densest Cities

Wendell Cox | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business
Wendell Cox

There is a general perception that the densest US cities are in the Northeast, where downtowns tend to be bigger and inner city densities are higher. But in fact, most of the densest major urban areas are in the West.

The Purple Agenda: A National Strategy to Bridge Left and Right

Mack McLarty | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Mack McLarty

Our leaders need to embrace an attitude where working with the other party to solve problems is seen as a virtue and not a weakness. An attitude where the focus is on finding common ground instead of fomenting conflict.

Will U.S. Anti-ISIL Air War Succeed?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The United States needs to articulate a clear foreign policy agenda towards the political and security instability in Syria and Iraq. Otherwise, the underlying reasons for the emergence of such extremist groups will remain intact.

Forests Need Laws, Not Loopholes

Kumi Naidoo | Posted 11.25.2014 | Green
Kumi Naidoo

We need strong laws to protect forests and people. We also need better enforcement of existing laws. While we are celebrating new announcements on paper this week, forests and forest peoples are facing imminent threats that must be averted if we want to live up to the New York Declaration.

The Power of the Vote

Jamell N.A. Henderson | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Jamell N.A. Henderson

I remember getting up early on Election Day in 2008 and 2012 and the lines were so long at my polling site that I was so glad my phone was charged to listen to music, and I got through several levels of Candy Crush.

Economic Growth Patterns in USA, Canada, Mexico and China

Dominik Knoll | Posted 11.22.2014 | Business
Dominik Knoll

While the U.S. economy is seeing significant growth, economies in neighboring countries, Canada and Mexico, are doing also well. In Canada, rising exports and consumer spending have translated into better growth.

America Must Make Its Underlying Intentions Toward Iran Clear

Massoud Khodabandeh | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
Massoud Khodabandeh

The crisis in northern Iraq must prove a salutary lesson. That Iran can wield soft power in Iraq does not need stating, but that Iran is willing to work in military cooperation with America where they have mutual interests and benefits has been swept under the carpet by ideologues refusing to "give in" to the Iranians.