Tuesday September 01, 2015
November 27th, 2014
Just two years ago, during his first term at the helm of Colorado, John Hickenlooper did a quick mental survey of his fellow governors and realized something that he found surprising.
Ever since the Arab awakening in late 2010, America has lurched from one policy response to another. We tried decapitation without invasion in Libya; it failed. We tried abdication in Syria; it failed. We tried democratization in Egypt, endorsing the election of the Muslim Brotherhood; it failed. We tried invasion, occupation, abdication and now re-intervention in Iraq and, although the jury is still out, only a fool would be optimistic.
"Are you THE Tom Manatos?" It's a question he gets often. He's famous, among a select few.
This time, it was 2009 at the Kenwood Animal Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. Manatos was there to pick up his mother's beagle, Champ, who was being released after staying overnight to have a cyst removed. When Manatos handed the receptionist his credit card, the young woman behind the desk gasped.
This week marks the fifth anniversary of Sergei Magnitsky's death in a Russian prison. He was 37 years old, a member of the emerging middle class who worked as a lawyer for a man named Bill Browder, the leader of the largest Russia-only investment firm in the world. Browder's company, Hermitage Capital Management, started with $25 million during the Wild West-era of early Russian capitalism and had $4.5 billion in assets by the early 200os.
As President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans profess to search for common ground, both sides are preparing to lob grenades: the president with an executive action on immigration, the new Congress by making the repeal of Obamacare one of its first initiatives.
This could be a rather heated winter. All three branches of government are on course to collide over partisan politics, constitutional authority and scope of power, particularly as vested in the executive branch.
Some Uber customers are reportedly deleting the car-hailing service's app from their cellphones. Here is the reason, which may come on top of other reasons:
My parents used to own a small house with a large backyard, in which my mother cultivated a beautiful garden. At some point, however - I don't remember why - my father looked at the official deed defining their property, and received a shock. According to the text, the Krugman lot wasn't a rough rectangle; it was a triangle more than a hundred feet long but only around a yard wide at the base.
The president came to Washington thinking he could change Washington, make it better, unite it and the nation. He was wrong. As he ascended, the tone of political discourse descended, as much because of who he was as what he did.
David Cameron's gamble in promising Britain a stay-or-go referendum on membership of the European Union is growing more hazardous. Britain's prime minister wants the country to stay in the EU, but not on the existing terms. He'd like to renegotiate the contract and then recommend the new deal to voters - but he needs the other EU countries to go along.