from War College:

The simple reasons Russians love Putin

July 14, 2016

In the West, people tend to think of Russian President Vladimir Putin as a strongman dictator – a former KGB man who oppresses his people, censors the media and antagonizes Russia’s neighbors. From the outside, it’s hard for anyone to understand how Putin stays in power, let alone stays popular. And Putin is popular. Pollsters put his approval rating at more than 80 percent. This week on War College, we sit down with Anne Garrels, a longtime Russia correspondent for NPR. Since the collapse of the USSR, Garrels has spent more and more time in smaller Russian cities and towns, getting to know people who don’t live the cosmopolitan lifestyle of the country's capital.
Garrels gives the reasons why Russians love Putin, and why it’s in the best interest of the West to understand them.

from Viewsroom:

Viewsroom: The Kit Kat defense; Brexit fallout

July 8, 2016

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The humble four-fingered chocolate bar could play a key role in fending off bidders for Hershey. Meanwhile, the EU-shunning UK battles political instability, a tanking currency and a run on commercial property funds, while the economic pain of allowing in far fewer migrants looms.

from Breakingviews:

Viewsroom: The art of sweet deals; Trump on trade

July 1, 2016

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Hershey kisses off Mondelez’s $23 bln bid while media mogul John Malone manages his own sweetheart wrap of Lions Gate and Starz. Plus, presidential contender Donald Trump courts Bernie Sanders’ supporters and why Europe’s banks should be prepping for the U.S. stress test.

from Keeping Score:

Under Armour emulates Nike at Rio Olympics

June 30, 2016

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Athletic apparel brand Under Armour is taking advantage of a new rule to conduct guerrilla marketing at the summer Olympics, following in the footsteps of rival Nike. Plus, another golfer takes a pass on the games due to Zika, and talking golf and tennis with a tennis hall of famer who had a role with a PGA Tour stop. A packed show on this week’s Keeping Score with Rick Horrow.

from Breakingviews:

Viewsroom: Facts and fear in Britain’s EU referendum

June 22, 2016

Britons have been inundated with “facts” in the EU vote, but both sides have been accused of playing fast and loose with the truth. Hugo Dixon, founder of Breakingviews and InFacts, talks about the role of evidence in the campaign and outlines his vision for the future of the EU.

from Breakingviews:

The Exchange podcast: The Trace’s editor

By Rob Cox
June 22, 2016

James Burnett, editor of The Trace, an independent, non-profit media organization dedicated to expanding coverage of guns in the United States, swings by Times Square to discuss legislative responses to the horrific killing of 49 people at an Orlando nightclub, and the role firearms regulation will play generally in the upcoming presidential election.

from Breakingviews:

Viewsroom: Clippy’s resume, Big Mac for Chicago, Lax gun laws

June 17, 2016

Microsoft’s willingness to plunk down $26 bln for LinkedIn proves the software giant is slipping back to its old habit of illogical deals.  Plus McDonald's move to Chicago is a win for the broke city and why lax gun laws in the U.S. are hurting the country’s influence abroad.

from Breakingviews:

Exchange podcast: Jeb Hensarling

By Rob Cox
June 15, 2016

Congressman Jeb Hensarling, chairman of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee, discusses his proposal to replace the sweeping Wall Street reforms of the Dodd-Frank Act, which was passed after the 2008 crisis. The Texas Republican also discussed his recent meeting with Donald Trump, who might find Hensarling a good match for his cabinet should the Republican real-estate mogul become president.

from Viewsroom:

Viewsroom: Breakingviews on Brexit

June 10, 2016

Imagine Britain votes on June 23 to leave the European Union. What happens next? Breakingviews writers George Hay, John Foley, Neil Unmack, Swaha Pattanaik and Olaf Storbeck discuss the possible consequences for markets, trade, growth and the future of the EU.

from Keeping Score:

Muhammad Ali: Requiem for a champion

June 7, 2016

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With the passing of the boxing champion and humanitarian, we explore his life and legacy, including the effects he had on sports, social justice, television and the memorabilia market.