Between Russian and the West: Ukraine’s Insurmountable Task (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)
Mar20

Between Russian and the West: Ukraine’s Insurmountable Task (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)

Is there any hope whatsoever that Ukraine’s young government, born out of the fire of revolt against Russia-friendly President Viktor Yanukovitch, will survive the apparent loss of Crimea to Russia? For Poland’s Rzeczpospolita, columnist Jedrzej Bielecki paints an intimidating picture for interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who leads a nation deep in debt, comprised of squabbling factions, which has been left to face...

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Ukraine – Hagel and Dempsey:  ‘Pursuing Measures’
Mar05

Ukraine – Hagel and Dempsey: ‘Pursuing Measures’

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey appeared before the Senate House Armed Services Committee today to discuss the president’s fiscal year 2015 budget request for DOD, and Hagel mentioned the Ukraine situation. In his remarks Hagel said that, over the past few days, he and Dempsey have been in constant touch with their fellow ministers and chiefs of defense in NATO,...

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(Update) Cheney: How to Conflate National Security with Food Stamps
Feb27

(Update) Cheney: How to Conflate National Security with Food Stamps

Update: Mr. Cheney — instead of bringing up the food stamps canard — may want to talk to his Republican friends in the Senate to truly support the troops. The Hill: Senate Republicans stopped Democrats from advancing a bill that would have expanded healthcare and education programs for veterans. In a 56-41 vote Thursday, the motion to waive a budget point of order against the bill failed, as Democrats fell short of the 60...

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Our Indebted Nation
Feb25

Our Indebted Nation

For the last several years, the media and political parties have been focused on our budget deficits and the national debt and how they will negatively affect our nation years down the road. The vast majority of this debt has been accruing because of the entitlement programs, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. However, the decision to lower taxes during the Bush administration while we were conducting two wars, and the passage...

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The Success Of The Stimulus
Feb18

The Success Of The Stimulus

Barack Obama’s economic stimulus was launched five years ago. Regardless of how successful it turned out to be, conservatives would attack it in order to try to avoid giving Obama credit for reversing the economic problems created by George Bush and Republican economic ideas. Michael Grunwald looked at the report from the Council of Economic Advisers on the success of the stimulus, finding that its report is consistent with...

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House Votes To Increase Debt Ceiling
Feb11

House Votes To Increase Debt Ceiling

The House passed a clean bill increasing the debt ceiling today, showing that the Democrats have learned their lesson to refuse to negotiate with terrorists. The bill extending the debt ceiling until March 2015 passed by a margin of House voted 221-201, with the support of only 28 Republicans. Initially Republicans had hoped to tie their vote to some concessions, such as elimination of the risk corridors form the Affordable Care Act....

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