The Great Debate

Appoint a few more Scalias, kiss democracy goodbye

February 22, 2016
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia testifies before a House Judiciary Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee hearing on “The Administrative Conference of the United States”  on Capitol Hill in Washington May 20, 2010.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT)

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia testifies before a House Judiciary Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 20, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

What makes just 16 missiles such a deadly threat in the South China Sea

February 19, 2016
A protester from the League of Filipino Students holds an effigy symbolizing a missile during a rally by more than a dozen students outside the Chinese Consulate in Manila, Philippines, February 19, 2016.  REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A protester from the League of Filipino Students holds an effigy symbolizing a missile during a rally by more than a dozen students outside the Chinese Consulate in Manila, Philippines, February 19, 2016. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

When it comes to Russia, it’s Munich all over again – again

February 19, 2016
Civil defense members try to put out a fire after airstrikes by pro-Syrian government forces in the rebel held Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria, February 14, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam

Civil defense members try to put out a fire after airstrikes by pro-Syrian government forces in the rebel held Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria, February 14, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam

Podcast: Is the Syrian war partly an ad for Russia’s arms industry?

February 18, 2016

Russia has gone to great pains to display its refurbished and modern weaponry the last few years. First in Georgia, then in Ukraine and now in Syria. Pundits, journalists and bloggers have marveled at how far Moscow’s military has come after the decade of decay following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Could Germany’s attempt to ban neo-Nazis backfire?

February 18, 2016
Protesters shout slogans against a far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) demonstration opposing a refugee asylum in the Hellersdorf district of Berlin, August 24, 2013. The placards read "Nazi free and have fun with it". Locals and right wing groups protested this week against a decision of the district authorities to turn a former school into an asylum seeker accommodation, saying they did not want refugees in the neighbourhood, German media reported.    REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTX12V6X

Protesters shout slogans against a far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) demonstration opposing a refugee asylum in the Hellersdorf district of Berlin, August 24, 2013. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Yes, the feds can hack your iPhone. No, it isn’t easy.

February 18, 2016
Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an Apple event in San Francisco, California March 9, 2015.  REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES  - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS)

Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook speaks during an Apple event in San Francisco, California, March 9, 2015. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

The Supreme Court wasn’t designed for this political heat

February 17, 2016
U.S. President Ronald Reagan speaks with Supreme Court Justice nominee Antonin Scalia (R) in the White House Oval Office in Washington, DC in a July 7, 1986 file photo courtesy of the Ronald Reagan Library. Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died, setting up a major political showdown between President Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled Senate over who will replace him just months before a presidential election. REUTERS/Bill Fitz-Patrick/White House/Courtesy Ronald Reagan Library/Handout via Reuters   ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

President Ronald Reagan speaks with Supreme Court Justice nominee Antonin Scalia (R) in the White House Oval Office in Washington, July 7, 1986. REUTERS/White House/Bill Fitz-Patrick/Courtesy Ronald Reagan Library/Handout

The psychological underpinnings of 2016, the year America went nuts

February 17, 2016
A supporter of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump takes a photograph as she attends a Trump campaign rally at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire, February 8, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

A Donald Trump supporter at a Trump campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, February 8, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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Cox: Scope out the bank in U.S. retail camouflage

By Rob Cox
February 16, 2016

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

‘You get one shot': How Justice Antonin Scalia viewed the world

February 16, 2016
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at an event sponsored by the Federalist Society at the New York Athletic Club in New York October 13, 2014. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW) - RTR4A1AA

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at an event sponsored by the Federalist Society at the New York Athletic Club in New York, October 13, 2014. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz