from The Great Debate:

It’s no love match, but divorce is not an option for U.S. and Turkey

By Andrew Finkel
November 10, 2014

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan listens to U.S. President Obama during joint news conference at the White House in Washington

Recent events in Kobani are a lesson in how relationships between nations can grow dysfunctional.

from The Great Debate:

Why Israel doesn’t care what Obama thinks, or even what officials call Netanyahu

By Dimi Reider
October 30, 2014

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When a senior U.S. official calls Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “chickens--t,” you know the Israeli-American relationship has reached a new low point. The putdown was reported in The Atlantic just days after the Israeli defense minister’s request to meet with U.S. national security officials was rebuffed. Adding insult to injury, the rebuff was leaked to the press. While the White House distanced itself somewhat from the mudslinging, it did not retract any of the more substantive claims about U.S. discontent with Netanyahu’s policies.

from MacroScope:

Common cause for Washington and Tehran in Iraq?

By Mike Peacock
June 16, 2014

Iraq is going up in flames and there appears to be no question of the West putting boots back on the ground in contrast to 2003 when the United States and Britain invaded to topple Saddam Hussein and set in train a decade of chaos that has now exploded again.

from Breakingviews:

Obama student loan fix spares rod, spoils borrower

June 11, 2014

By Daniel Indiviglio

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

from Breakingviews:

Smartest U.S. export to China could be Max Baucus

March 17, 2014

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

from Full Focus:

Best photos of the year 2013

December 2, 2013

WARNING: SOME IMAGES CONTAIN GRAPHIC CONTENT OR NUDITY In this showcase of some of Reuters' most memorable photos, the photographers offer a behind the scenes account of the images that helped define the year.

from Ian Bremmer:

An optimist’s view of the White House

By Ian Bremmer
November 8, 2013

What will the White House screw up next? Democrats have watched as one calamity after another has befallen what was once the most promising Democratic administration since John F. Kennedy’s. Obamacare, the NSA, Syria, heck, even the administration’s campaign foibles are back in the news with the publication of the new tell-all book Double Down.

from Breakingviews:

Lael Brainard isn’t the only Fed no-brainer

November 7, 2013

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

from Breakingviews:

GOP’s best bargaining tactic: raise debt ceiling

October 8, 2013

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

from Anatole Kaletsky:

Game theory and America’s budget battle

By Anatole Kaletsky
October 3, 2013

So far, the battle of the budget in Washington is playing out roughly as expected. While a government shutdown has theoretically been ordered, nothing much has really happened, all the functions of government deemed essential have continued and financial markets have simply yawned. The only real difference between the tragicomedy now unfolding on Capitol Hill and the scenario outlined here last week has been in timing. I had suggested that the House Republicans would give way almost immediately on the budget, if only to keep some of their powder dry for a second, though equally hopeless, battle over the Treasury debt limit. Instead, it now looks like President Obama may succeed in rolling the two issues into one and forcing the Republicans to capitulate on both simultaneously.