from Mark Jones:

Saudi Arabia is playing chicken with its oil http://t.co/cmVIA2W82t

December 15, 2014

Saudi Arabia is playing chicken with its oil http://t.co/cmVIA2W82t

from Hugo Dixon:

Greece still several steps from chaos

By Hugo Dixon
December 15, 2014

By Hugo Dixon

Hugo Dixon is Editor-at-Large, Reuters News. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

Abe wins election, but wage trial will be tougher

December 15, 2014

By Andy Mukherjee

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

from Mark Jones:

Washington can lead on criminal-justice reform http://t.co/SHNplCn6V1

December 15, 2014

Washington can lead on criminal-justice reform http://t.co/SHNplCn6V1

from The Great Debate:

Feds can help reform police, but watch out for unintended consequences

By Inimai Chettiar
December 15, 2014

People take part in a protest against Eric Garner grand jury decision in Manhattan in New York

In the aftermath of the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York, protesters across the nation are looking to Washington for action and answers. This seems a strange disconnect, however, because policing is regarded as a local matter. The federal government, the public is told, has no jurisdiction over local law enforcement issues.

from The Great Debate:

Saudi Arabia is playing chicken with its oil

By Mohamad Bazzi
December 15, 2014

Saudi King Abdullah sits before a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Kerry at the Royal Palace in Jeddah

In August 1973, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat paid a secret visit to the Saudi capital, Riyadh, to meet with King Faisal. Sadat was preparing for war with Israel, and he needed Saudi Arabia to use its most powerful weapon: oil.

from FaithWorld:

Turkish police raid media close to Muslim cleric Gulen, detain 24

December 14, 2014

(A Zaman media group journalist holds a banner as he stands outside the headquarters of Zaman daily newspaper in Istanbul December 14, 2014. Turkish police raided a television station and a newspaper close to U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen on Sunday, detaining some people, media reports said, two days after President Tayyip Erdogan signalled a fresh campaign against Gulen's supporters. A crowd chanted at the Istanbul offices of newspaper Zaman as editor Ekrem Dumanli made a speech to them broadcast live on television, defiantly calling on police to detain him.REUTERS/Murad Sezer)

(A Zaman media group journalist holds a banner as he stands outside the headquarters of Zaman daily newspaper in Istanbul December 14, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer)

from FaithWorld:

Pope Francis turns out not to have made “pets in heaven” comment

December 14, 2014

(A woman poses with her dog dressed as the pope during the 24th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York October 25, 2014. Hundreds of dog owners dress their dogs and compete for fun and prizes during the parade. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)

(A woman poses with her dog dressed as the pope during the 24th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York October 25, 2014. Hundreds of dog owners dress their dogs and compete for fun and prizes during the parade. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)

from Linda Sieg:

PM Abe’s ruling party eyes big gains in snap Japan election

December 14, 2014

TOKYO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's party
looks set for a huge win on Sunday in an election that will
allow the conservative leader to claim a fresh mandate for his
reflationary policies to revive Japan's long-stagnant economy.

from Alison Frankel:

DOJ to SCOTUS: Bankruptcy lawyers can bill for defending their fees

By Alison Frankel
December 12, 2014

Baker Botts has to be feeling good about the amicus support it received this week at the U.S. Supreme Court, where the firm is trying to overturn a decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that not only cut $5 million from the fees awarded to Baker Botts in the Asarco bankruptcy but also held that the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, as a matter of law, precludes debtors' lawyers from charging for the cost of defending their fee applications. Baker Botts persuaded the Supreme Court in October to take up the question, arguing that the Bankruptcy Code gives judges the authority to award fees for the successful defense of a fee application.