Thursday February 11, 2016
September 24th, 2015
Otmar Issing, one of the original draftsmen of European Monetary Union and the first chief economist of the European Central Bank, isworriedthat the current guardians of the project are trying to push it too far, too fast. He's right; and if the panjandrums aren't careful, they risk trying to build a United States of Europe without the backing of the 338 million people who share the euro as their currency, never mind the other 162 million who are merely members of the European Union.
If Ben Carson reads one word of all the information he just got about climate change, he should immediately end his candidacy for the Republican nomination.
Imagine your 18-year-old daughter is decapitated in a car accident. Gruesome police photographs of her body are leaked onto the Internet. Every time someone searches your family's name, the photos pop up at the top of the page. That's what happened to Christos and Lesli Catsouras because in the United States, unlike in Europe, search engines are not required to act on requests by individuals to remove such links.
“I have nothing for you,” said Frank Dorman, a spokesman for the Federal Trade Commission. “Lots of reporters have asked that question. Our final response is, We’re not going to answer it.”
What had I asked that was so sensitive that the FTC wouldn’t respond? I had requested that the agency explain what distinguished an illegal “pyramid scheme” from a legal multilevel marketing company.
Kim Davis is a false idol.
To suffer for your beliefs can be ennobling. To suffer for your misconceptions is just embarrassing. And she's doing the latter, not the former.
On Monday, she was back at work.
Abby Shapiro's death can teach us one simple thing: The small ways you live your life every day are what matter.
Abby was just 16. And a really good swimmer. She thought Ethiopian food was "on fleek" (her favorite phrase to describe something awesome). And she did this hilarious Russian accent.
A pretty average 16-year-old, you'd think.
Europe could find its way to a stronger recovery and a safer monetary system -- if only it could start from somewhere else. The legacy of the recent economic crisis makes a tough problem nearly insoluble.
Given all the talk, courtesy of Donald Trump, of making America great again, I’ve been thinking about European greatness. One state, Great Britain, does of course have its greatness built in, but still the idea sits strangely.
Throughout the summer, Russia's forces in eastern Ukraine kept up a daily drumbeat of attacks on the Ukrainian army, inflicting significant casualties while avoiding a response by Western governments. On Sept. 1, following a new cease-fire, the guns suddenly fell silent. Optimists speculated that Vladimir Putin was backing down.
Jeremy Corbyn, a longtime leftist dissident, has won a stunning victory in the contest for leadership of Britain’s Labour Party. Political pundits say that this means doom for Labour’s electoral prospects; they could be right, although I’m not the only person wondering why commentators who completely failed to predict the Corbyn phenomenon have so much confidence in their analyses of what it means.