Will Flight 17 Sober Us Up?

E.J. Dionne, Washington Post
WASHINGTON -- Tragedies concentrate the mind.American politics was trundling along on its usual unserious and trivial trajectory when news of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine shook the world. Suddenly, the stakes in public life and foreign policy were very high.Vladimir Putin's recklessness in Ukraine was no longer just an exercise in regional hegemony and throwing his weight around. Miscalculation and thoughtless error have often sown chaos in the relationships among nations. The deaths of 298 innocent people transformed the battle for Ukraine into a global issue, as... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

Budget Policy as Prayer

Robert Samuelson, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON -- The Congressional Budget Office last week issued one of its periodic long-term budget outlooks. Its themes are distressingly familiar. There is no balanced budget in sight. Under favorable assumptions, the CBO projects deficits of .6 trillion from 2015 to 2024. Under less favorable (maybe more realistic) assumptions, the added debt would total .6 trillion. The big drivers are an aging population and rising health spending. The deficits materialize despite slightly higher taxes and squeezed spending on defense and most programs -- for transportation, law enforcement,... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

Central America leaders to ask Obama for plan to stem child exodus

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Central American leaders will ask U.S. President Barack Obama to support a regional development and security plan to stem the tide of illegal child migrants to the United States at a meeting next week, a Honduran minister said on Saturday.

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The End of the Russian Fairy Tale

Anne Applebaum, Slate
With the help of local thugs, these Russian security men besieged police stations, government offices, and other symbols of political authority, in order to delegitimize the Ukrainian state. In this task, they were assisted by the Russian government and by Russia’s state-controlled mass media, both of which still constantly denigrate Ukraine and its “Nazi” government. Just in the past week, Russian reporting on Ukraine reached a new pitch of hysteria, with fake stories about the supposed crucifixion of a child and an extraordinary documentary comparing the Ukrainian... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

How to Win in Gaza

Caroline Glick, RealClearPolitics
Israel deployed ground forces in Gaza Thursday night both because Hamas’s terror tunnels into Israel have become an unacceptable threat, and because it had to break the deadlock that had developed between it and Hamas. Until the ground invasion, Israel and Hamas were in a holding pattern. Hamas would not accept a ceasefire deal because Egypt’s offers provided the Iranian sponsored, Muslim Brotherhood terror army with no discernible achievements. And absent such achievements, Hamas prefers to keep fighting. Israel for its part is unwilling to make any concessions to Hamas in... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

New York mayor takes it on the chin in city media

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio won his job in a landslide last November, but is finding out that staying so popular is not easy.

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