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Let housing find its clearing price

By J Saft
February 20, 2009

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The U.S. government should just get out of the way and allow the crash in U.S. housing; the market is too big, has too far to fall and Americans' finances are too strained.

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Goodbye to rugged American individualism?

By Bernd Debusmann
February 18, 2009

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Shock!! Horror!! The United States is becoming more like Europe! The rugged individualism that makes up part of the country's self-image may be doomed. Paternalism threatens to throttle enterprise and initiative.

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First 100 Days: Obama’s foreign policy challenges

February 17, 2009

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The case for a broadband bailout

February 13, 2009

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By Eric Auchard

LONDON (Reuters) - With world economies fast running out of steam, it may seem an unlikely time for cash-strapped governments to discover universal broadband access as an urgent national funding priority.

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First 100 Days: The next steps in the Middle East

By Reuters Staff
February 13, 2009

President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and George Mitchell in the Oval Office of the White House.

President Barack Obama inherits a distinctly gloomy outlook for progress in settling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Is change really possible?

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Clean up Washington: mission impossible?

By Bernd Debusmann
February 11, 2009

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Goodbye bonuses, hello hedge funds

By J Saft
February 11, 2009

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The argument about bank bonus payments is as sterile as it is backward looking; compensation at government insured institutions is going nowhere but down.

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Executive pay caps: “stealth nationalization” or “political grandstanding”?

By Reuters Staff
February 4, 2009

obama-geithner President Barack Obama set a $500,000 annual pay cap on Wednesday for executives at companies getting taxpayer bailouts as part of a wider process to clamp down on excessive corporate pay.

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America’s long, long Afghan war

By Bernd Debusmann
February 4, 2009

Bernd Debusmann - Great Debate--Bernd Debusmann is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own--

Twenty years ago this month, the last Soviet soldier left Afghanistan after a disastrous war that lasted nine years, seven weeks and three days. Barring military and political miracles, the United States will stay longer in Afghanistan than the Soviets did. Considerably longer.

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Play by the rules, close failing banks

By J Saft
February 3, 2009

James Saft Great Debate -- James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

Why not just play by the existing rules and rescue the economy, rather than the banks and their foolish shareholders and counterparties?