from The Great Debate:

Ukraine: U.S. hawks regain their voice

By Bill Schneider
March 21, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin's aggression is having an unintended effect on U.S. politics. It is generating a backlash against America’s retreat from world leadership.

from MacroScope:

Obama twists, EU sticks

By Mike Peacock
March 21, 2014

Washington has seriously upped the ante on Vladimir Putin by slapping sanctions on some of his most powerful allies.

from The Great Debate:

Executive orders: Part of the framers’ grand plan

By Brianne Gorod
March 19, 2014

President Barack Obama has used his executive authority to stop deporting undocumented immigrants who had been brought to the United States as children. The administration has also announced that it will stop requesting mandatory minimum sentences for low-level, non-violent drug offenders.

from Global Investing:

And best central banking twitter of the year goes to…

March 14, 2014

Congratulations to Bank of Spain, which won the best central bank website of the year award given by Central Banking Publications, as the specialist news provider for central bankers hosted its inaugural central banking awards  last night in London. (The flagship Central Banker of the Year award was won by ECB's Draghi, no surprise there)

from The Great Debate:

Cold War warmed over

By Bill Schneider
March 7, 2014

Can we have a new Cold War without a communist threat?  Some important political players seem to think so.

from MacroScope:

Putin unmoved by carrots or sticks

By Mike Peacock
March 7, 2014

Vladimir Putin said this morning Russia and the United States are still far apart over Ukraine. Moscow, he said, could not ignore “illegitimate decisions” imposed on the east and south of the country and calls for help by ethnic Russians there but the two powers should not sacrifice relations over it.

from MacroScope:

Jaw jaw not war war, hopefully

By Mike Peacock
March 5, 2014

The end of Russian military exercises near the Ukrainian border and Vladimir Putin’s statement that force would only be used as a very last resort seemed to have taken some of the tension out of this crisis but the situation remains on a knife edge.

from The Great Debate:

The first woman president is not about the past

By Bill Schneider
February 27, 2014

Want to know the latest meme in U.S. politics? Here it is: Hillary Clinton is a candidate of the past.

from The Great Debate:

FDR set the terms for labor executive orders

By Dorian T. Warren
February 26, 2014

Many critics have called President Barack Obama’s executive order raising the minimum wage for federally contracted workers an unprecedented bold action. The president bypassed a gridlocked Congress to increase pay to $10.10 an hour -- and raise labor standards for the only federal workers directly within his authority.

from David Rohde:

Ukraine draws Obama into Putin’s long game

By David Rohde
February 26, 2014

 

An ethnic Russian Ukrainian holds a Russian flag as Crimean Tatars rally near the Crimean parliament building in Simferopol February 26, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/BAZ RATNER

An ethnic Russian Ukrainian holds a Russian flag as Crimean Tatars rally near the Crimean parliament building in Simferopol February 26, 2014 file photo.
REUTERS/BAZ RATNER