Politics

December 31, 2012

The Fiscal Cliff Deal's Biggest Winner May Be George W. Bush
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Is the proposed "fiscal cliff" deal a good one? That depends on what happens next month.

Democrats' Cliff Compromise Is Bad; But the Strategic Consequences Are Disastrous
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Republicans will be emboldened going into the fiscal-cliff fight.

Kill This Deal
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Why Congress should kill the fiscal-cliff deal.

What's in the Deal? Your Fiscal Cliff Checklist
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TNR's guide to what might be in the fiscal deal—whenever Obama and Congress reach one

Netanyahu's New Headache: Avigdor Lieberman Is Dragging Him Down
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The prime minister will still win the election but could have trouble forming a new coalition.

JP Morgan Gets a Big Holiday Gift From the SEC
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In 1996, the world learned a Japanese firm had cornered the copper market. The company, Sumitomo, was fined $125 million for squeezing copper supplies and artificially inflating prices--at that point the largest penalty ever levied by a U.S. government agency. The Commodities Futures Trading Commission called the scheme “one of the most serious worldwide manipulations” of a commodity in decades. Last Monday, the Securities and Exchange Commission posted a decision that could effectively lead to a repeat of the Sumitomo corner, with one key difference: hoarding copper will now be legal.

December 30, 2012

Hagel, the Enemy of Liberals' Enemies, Shouldn't be Their Friend
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Too many liberals admire Chuck Hagel because his detractors include Bush administration types. They shouldn't.

December 28, 2012

Over the Cliff? A Better Deal Would Be Worth the Wait
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Worry less about when a "fiscal cliff" deal comes and more about what it entails.

Obama's Tax Hikes Won't Be Nearly Big Enough
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Republicans want to reduce the size of the federal government, and they won’t take no for an answer. “I just want to shrink it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub,” Grover Norquist famously declared. And in negotiations over the fiscal cliff, they have insisted on cutting spending rather than raising taxes. “The President wants to pretend that spending isn’t the problem,” House Speaker John Boehner has complained. Democrats, for their part, have responded defensively.

Gun Control Can Survive the Supreme Court
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Recent Second Amendment rulings are unlikely to stand in the way of sensible gun-control measures.

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