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A Season Of Caesars

by Larry Diamondvia The American Interest
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Unlike their predecessors, today’s authoritarians lack a common ideology. But once in power, they behave in remarkably similar ways.

In the News

Time's Person Of The Year: Greta Thunberg

quoting Bjorn Lomborgvia Independent Women's Forum
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Admittedly, being Time’s Person of the Year isn’t what it used to be in the magazine’s heyday, but the choice is always interesting. It is inevitably a window into the thinking of the chattering classes (and their chattering offspring). Greta Thunberg, 16, is Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019.

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Can Russia Trust The Wily, Wily West?

quoting Niall Fergusonvia The Washington Times
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

On a recent episode of “Life, Liberty and Levin,” Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson told host Mark Levin, “The problem at the moment is partly that we are on a kind of permanent war footing with respect to Moscow … It’s also partly that President Putin simply cannot bring himself to trust the United States.”

Analysis and Commentary

Like, Actually: Labour’s Social Media Lead Should Terrify The Tories

by Niall Ferguson, Nick Kumleben, Manny Rincon-Cruzvia The Spectator
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

[Subscription required] As Brits head to the polls for the fourth general election this decade—a frequency of voting matched only in the 1920s and 1970s—there is a tendency amongst some commentators to underestimate how radically the democratic process has changed in the space of a century. Between Bonar Law and Boris Johnson, however, the public sphere has been revolutionised. In the 1920s, newspapers still dominated. In the 1970s, it was television. 

In the News

Obamacare’s Role In Expanding Health Coverage Stumps Democrats

quoting Scott W. Atlasvia Bloomberg Law
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Universal health coverage remains a Democratic priority, but the party is still debating how it achieves that and what role Obamacare should play in the transition.

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General James Mattis Joins The Washington Post Live’s Securing Tomorrow For A Conversation With David Ignatius

mentioning General Jim Mattisvia The Washington Post
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

On Friday, December 13 The Washington Post Live will welcome General James Mattis (Ret.) for Securing Tomorrow with Washington Post columnist David Ignatius closely following the recent Washington Post report detailing never-before-seen confidential documents about the war in Afghanistan.

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Agree With Raghuram Rajan, Economy Suffering Because All Powers Centralised In PMO: Shiv Sena

quoting Raghuram Rajanvia India Today
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

In his essay for the India Today Magazine, Raghuram Rajan had said India is currently in the midst of a "growth recession" with signs of extreme centralisation of power in the PMO.

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This Land Is Whose Land?

quoting Thomas Sowellvia American Thinker
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Of all the naïve nonsense that emits from the mouths of young people today, perhaps the most annoying is the constant and ignorant presumption that, somehow, the land within America’s borders doesn’t truly belong to the people who reside here, because the majority are the descendants of people who have migrated from European countries in centuries past. Ostensibly, this land was “stolen” by European settlers hundreds of years ago from the people who happened to live here before.

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Pelosi’s Narrow Impeachment Strategy Could Help California Dems In Swing Seats

quoting Terry M. Moevia San Francisco Chronicle
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

House Democrats’ less-is-more approach to impeaching President Trump could be an election-year boon for lawmakers in purple districts who helped the party grab control of the chamber last year.

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Repo Firepower Reduced By Falling Cash Levels At Big U.S. Banks

quoting Darrell Duffievia Yahoo Finance
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Even as hedge funds and smaller broker-dealers lean more heavily on the biggest U.S. banks for borrowing in repo markets, the lenders’ cash holdings have been declining, reducing their ability to jump in and relieve pressure when rates spike.