As millions celebrated the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall this past week, I found myself facing up to a discomfiting fact: Although I possess vivid memories of the event, no one under the age of about 25 shares them. . . .
Stories this week in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Washington Post focus on how Senator Chris Dodd's new financial reform bill threatens the independence of the Federal Reserve. . . .
In his account of President Ronald Reagan's June 12, 1987 Berlin Wall address ("Four Little Words," op-ed, Nov. 9) Anthony Dolan, my boss in the Reagan speechwriting shop, describes a wonderfully improbable pair of events. . . .
As President Obama meets with military and diplomatic officials about how to proceed in Afghanistan, continued violence there has killed 58 American troops in October, triggered a temporary pullout of more than 600 United Nations personnel and resurrected concerns about the scale of U.S. involvement. . . .
Czech President Vaclav Klaus, Polish dissident Adam Michnik and French philosopher Andre Glucksmann will attend the concert on Saturday to be staged by former president Vaclav Havel on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Communist regime, his office told CTK yesterday. . . .
A 30-year veteran public school teacher who moves and splits her employment between two state retirement systems is at risk for losing well over one-half of her pension wealth, according to new research from economists Robert M. Costrell of the University of Arkansas and Michael Podgursky of the University of Missouri-Columbia. . . .
Contrary to conventional wisdom, incentives to inflate credit ratings reflect pressures from buy-side investors who use inflated ratings to reduce the impact of regulation and ratings-based restrictions on their portfolio holdings. . . .