from Counterparties:

Capital debate

May 27, 2014

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Just in time for the Friday afternoon news dump (on a holiday weekend!), the FT’s Chris Giles dropped a bombshell: Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” he alleged, is full of data errors. After correcting the mistakes, he says (in a separate post), “two of Capital in the 21st Century’s central findings – that wealth inequality has begun to rise over the past 30 years and that the US obviously has a more unequal distribution of wealth than Europe – no longer seem to hold”.

from Tales from the Trail:

Obama shows Biden some love after debate mention

October 24, 2012

President Barack Obama broke from his standard campaign speech on Tuesday to show his running mate Joe Biden some love, heaping praise onto the vice president less than 24 hours after he put Biden under a harsh spotlight during the final presidential debate.

from David Rohde:

Romney’s Etch a Sketch foreign policy

By David Rohde
October 23, 2012

During last night’s foreign policy debate, the Mitt Romney of the Republican primaries disappeared. Romney’s April criticism of Obama’s decision to commit the United States military to helping oust Muammar Qaddafi  in Libya disappeared. Missing was a promise on his website to reduce foreign aid by $100 million. Romney’s past criticism of what he called Obama’s rushed exit from Afghanistan vanished as well.

from Tales from the Trail:

Foreign policy issues rank low among voter priorities

By Gabriel Debenedetti
October 22, 2012

Hype for the third and final presidential debate tonight has been considerably less than for the two previous face-offs -- perhaps for good reason. The debate is focused on foreign policy, and Americans don’t seem to care that much about it.

from Ian Bremmer:

Four Debate Questions for Obama and Romney

By Ian Bremmer
October 22, 2012

There will always be a wide gap between what candidates promise and what they deliver once elected, particularly when it comes to foreign policy. After all, this is an area where U.S. presidents have less control than either candidate will ever admit near a microphone. But this year, there are contradictions that cut straight to the heart of debates over American power and how it should be used. With that in mind, here are the questions I would like to see each candidate answer.

from The Great Debate:

‘Energy independence’ is a farce

By Ben Adler
October 19, 2012

It can be hard to find areas of agreement between the presidential candidates on economic or domestic policy. Tuesday night's debate, though, revealed one exception: energy policy. Alas, what it also revealed is that both President Obama and Governor Romney are making their policies based on a false premise, and they are pandering to Americans' ignorance instead of telling them the truth.

from Anatole Kaletsky:

To escape the Great Recession, embrace contradiction

By Anatole Kaletsky
October 18, 2012

Where will jobs and growth come from? As we enter the fifth year of the Great Recession, people all over the world are asking this question, but their political leaders are not providing any convincing answers, as has been made obvious in the U.S. presidential debate and the European Union summit this week.

from Breakingviews:

Breakingviews e-book: The U.S. election

October 16, 2012

Edited by Richard Beales
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Unstructured Finance:

UF Weekend Reads

October 12, 2012

By Sam Forgione

This week’s Weekend Reads may drive you back to the big news of the week: The Debates.

from The Great Debate:

Can Romney put foreign policy in play?

By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
October 5, 2012

This piece was updated after GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s major foreign policy address on Monday. It reflects Romney’s remarks.