from MacroScope:

EU ponders new response to Russia

By Mike Peacock
January 27, 2015

A Ukrainian serviceman stands guard at his position in the village of Luhanska, Luhansk region

EU finance ministers meet in Brussels with Ukraine likely to be the centre of attention despite the electoral shockwaves emanating from Athens.

from Mark Jones:

EU ponders new response to Russia http://t.co/0xyjYNchFH

January 27, 2015

EU ponders new response to Russia http://t.co/0xyjYNchFH

from Mark Jones:

Israel’s dangerous new game playing out in Washington’s corridors of power http://t.co/y3SgX20Dqi

January 27, 2015

Israel’s dangerous new game playing out in Washington’s corridors of power http://t.co/y3SgX20Dqi

from Mark Jones:

Secularism – not sensitivity – is the key to democracy http://t.co/GBHRt5XE4J

January 27, 2015

Secularism – not sensitivity – is the key to democracy http://t.co/GBHRt5XE4J

from The Great Debate:

Israel’s dangerous new game playing out in Washington’s corridors of power

By Bill Schneider
January 27, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in Washington

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens as President Barack Obama (R) speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

from The Great Debate:

Secularism – not sensitivity – is the key to democracy

By John Lloyd
January 27, 2015

French Education and Research minister Vallaud-Belkacem in Paris

French Education and Research Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem attends a news conference at the the French prime minister's offices, in Paris, Jan. 22, 2015. France announced new measures last week aimed at helping schools combat radical Islam, racism and anti-Semitism in reaction to deadly Islamist attacks three weeks ago. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

from Alison Frankel:

In insider trading appeal, Justice Department makes big concession

By Alison Frankel
January 26, 2015

On Friday evening, the Justice Department filed its brief asking the entire 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review U.S. v. Newman, the biggest insider trading appellate decision in recent memory. It's a long shot, considering how infrequently the 2nd Circuit agrees to hear cases en banc. But even in the unlikely event that the government ultimately prevails in the appeal, the Justice Department will still have lost ground in insider trading prosecution because the new brief abandons a position the government defended in earlier stages of the case.

from Super Bowl 2015:

When did football get so popular, anyway?

January 27, 2015

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Lest there be any remaining doubt, let us establish one fact: football is popular.

from Breakingviews:

U.S. $16 bln paper deal requires precise folding

January 26, 2015

By Kevin Allison

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

from Data Dive:

How American fast food tastes are changing

January 26, 2015

Are America's fast food tastes becoming more refined?

Even as the U.S. confronts an obesity epidemic, there are signs that Americans' tastes in fast food are becoming more healthier and more selective. While "fast casual" restaurants like Starbucks and Chipotle flourish, McDonald's and other traditional fast food chains struggle to remain fresh in both the minds of their customers and their menus.