The Great Debate

from Breakingviews:

Rob Cox: Wall Street suits revel in Bonnaroo vibe

May 7, 2015

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

If it’s not on fire, does anyone care about Baltimore?

By Jason Fields
May 7, 2015


A view of Baltimore from the northbound train tracks. FRANK MURRAY for Reuters

We’re a species of rubberneckers. People will always gather around to watch a fight in the street. If there’s a traffic accident, every driver slows down to see just how bad it was.

from American Insights:

Fake newscaster, real credibility: Jon Stewart stands at the peak of American punditry poll

May 7, 2015

As Jon Stewart winds down his 19-year stint as host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, he and Stephen Colbert sit at the peak of American punditry despite their left-leaning view of life, the universe and everything.

Why socialist Bernie Sanders may just shake up the 2016 presidential race

By Robert L. Borosage
May 7, 2015
U.S. Senator Sanders holds news conference after announcing his candidacy for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, on Capitol Hill in Washington

Senator Bernie Sanders after he announced his candidacy for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 30, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Will someone please put Fannie and Freddie out of their misery?

By Mark Zandi
May 7, 2015
Toll Brothers luxury homes are shown sold before construction is completed in Oceanside

Toll Brothers luxury homes are shown sold before construction is completed in Oceanside, California, August 20, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Why the 2016 GOP race may be all about taking down unions

By Thomas Geoghegan
May 6, 2015
Wisconsin Governor Walker holds a news conference at the state Capitol in Madison

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker holds a news conference at the state Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin, February 25, 2011. REUTERS/Darren Hauck

Last of Saddam Hussein’s lieutenants may have fallen in Iraq, but Baathists fight on

By Mohamad Bazzi
May 6, 2015
The body of a man believed to be Ezzat al-Douri, is seen as it is delivered by fighters of the Shiite militia group Kataib Hezbollah, to the Iraqi government in Baghdad

The body of a man believed to be Ezzat al-Douri, is seen as it is delivered by fighters of the Shiite militia group Kataib Hezbollah, to the Iraqi government in Baghdad, April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

from Breakingviews:

Hedge fund pay hauls a political-financial shame

By Edward Hadas
May 5, 2015

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

In the battle between Ukraine and Russian separatists, shady private armies take the field

By Josh Cohen
May 5, 2015
Ukraine's voluntary militia called the Azov Battalion holds artillery training in east Ukraine's village of Urzuf that sits west of the port city of Mariupol

Ukraine’s voluntary militia called the Azov Battalion holds artillery training in east Ukraine, west of the port city of Mariupol on the Azov Sea, March 19, 2015. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

There will be no winners in Syria’s war, but there can be an end

By Noah Bonsey
May 5, 2015
Free Syrian Army fighter covers his ears as his fellow fighter fires weapon during clashes with forces loyal to President Assad in old city of Aleppo

A Free Syrian Army fighter covers his ears as his fellow fighter fires a weapon during clashes with forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo, April 30, 2015. REUTERS/Hosam Katan