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Cox: Let the Chinese buy Chicago’s stock exchange

By Rob Cox
February 23, 2016

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

One area where the Pentagon is playing catchup with Russia and China

February 23, 2016
USS DEWEY Test Fires the US NAVY’s First SM6 Missiles

USS Dewey test-fires the Navy’s first SM-6 missiles, March 31. 2011. U.S. Navy photo.

Why Russia may be a smart business partner for Israel

February 23, 2016
An Israeli gas platform, controlled by a U.S.-Israeli energy group, is seen in the Mediterranean sea, some 15 miles (24 km) west of Israel's port city of Ashdod, in this file picture taken February 25, 2013. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won more time to overcome a political hurdle after parliament postponed a vote on authorising the government to secure a deal on developing Israel's natural gas fields. Picture taken February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Amir Cohen/Files - RTX1IDQI

An Israeli gas platform, controlled by a U.S.-Israeli energy group, is seen in the Mediterranean sea, some 15 miles (24 km) west of Israel’s port city of Ashdod, in this file picture taken February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

The behind-the-scenes politics of picking a Supreme Court justice

February 22, 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 in the White House Oval Office in Washington, DC in a July 7, 1986 file photo. REUTERS/Bill Fitz-Patrick/White House/Courtesy Ronald Reagan Library/Handout via Reuters 

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