The Great Debate

If the answer is $2.3 trillion, can you guess the question?

By Josh Hoxie
December 3, 2015
Homeless gets ready to spend the night on a sidewalk two blocks from the White House in Washington, DC, in this December 15, 2009 file photograph. In 2007, when the world was on the brink of financial crisis, U.S. income inequality hit its highest mark since 1928, just before the Great Depression.  Economists are only beginning to study the parallels between the 1920s and the most recent decade to try to understand why both periods ended in financial disaster. Photo taken December 15, 2009. To match Special Report USA-ECONOMY/INEQUALITY.     REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang/Files     (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY) - RTXTQRA

Homeless gets ready to spend the night on a sidewalk two blocks from the White House in Washington, DC, in this December 15, 2009 file photograph. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang

Carson in Jordan: God bless and keep the Syrians – far away from us

By Shibley Telhami
December 2, 2015
Source: Carson campaign/ Facebook/ screen shot

Source: Carson campaign/ Facebook/ screenshot

On Saturday Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, who had strongly opposed absorbing Syrian refugees in the United States, suddenly turned up in Jordan visiting the very refugees he wants to keep away from American soil. What explains the sudden interest in a group GOP presidential candidates have been competing to keep out? Carson’s move, a new poll suggests, could well save his lead among evangelical Christians.

In the quest to prevent obesity, there’s ‘womb for improvement’

By Michael Rosenbaum
December 2, 2015
A pregnant woman stands on a scale before receiving a prenatal exam at the Maternity Outreach Mobile in Phoenix, Arizona October 8, 2009. The maternity outreach program helps uninsured women living in the Phoenix metropolitan area receive the proper treatment and care during and after their pregnancy. The Maternity Outreach Mobile is equipped with two exam rooms, an ultrasound machine, an external fetal monitor, a laboratory and offers pregnancy tests, referrals and immunization for children. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY) - RTXRPHP

A pregnant woman stands on a scale before receiving a prenatal exam at the Maternity Outreach Mobile in Phoenix, Arizona October 8, 2009. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Vladimir Putin: 25 percent violence, 75 percent propaganda

By Jason Fields
December 1, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Peter Pomerantsev

The media in Russia is lively, often entertaining and largely state controlled. Still, an illusion of freedom remains key for the Kremlin to maintain its grasp over a country that spans 11 time zones. In this episode of War College, we look at how Vladimir Putin crafts his message for both internal and external consumption.

The Vatican can’t seem to get out of the secrets business

By John Lloyd
December 1, 2015
Saint Peter's dome is seen at the Vatican November 24, 2015.     REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi - RTX1VM7L

Saint Peter’s dome is seen at the Vatican, November 24, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

What’s behind the Trump slump, and why doesn’t it seem to be worrying him?

By Bill Schneider
December 1, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump motions for security to remove a person from his rally in Sarasota, Florida November 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Scott Audette       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1W9QU

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump motions for security to remove a person from his rally in Sarasota, Florida November 28, 2015. REUTERS/Scott Audette TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY – RTX1W9QU

Why Syria is the canary in the coal mine for a new era of world conflict

By Michael Renner
December 1, 2015
Islamist rebel fighters ride on a motorbike along a deserted street in Idlib city April 6, 2015. Idlib, around 30 km (20 miles) from the Turkish border is only the second provincial capital to slip from government hands after Raqqa in the east, which Islamic State has turned into its de facto capital. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah - RTR4WA18

Islamist rebel fighters ride on a motorbike along a deserted street in Idlib city April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

The truth about car fleet standards: Your mileage may vary – a lot

November 30, 2015
Auto worker Sheri Thompson places the mileage sticker onto a 2015 Chevrolet Malibu being manufactured at GM's Fairfax assembly plant in Kansas City, Kansas May 4, 2015. REUTERS/Dave Kaup - RTX1BIGH

Auto worker Sheri Thompson places the mileage sticker onto a 2015 Chevrolet Malibu being manufactured at GM’s Fairfax assembly plant in Kansas City, Kansas May 4, 2015. REUTERS/Dave Kaup – RTX1BIGH

Syria, Yemen, Libya — one factor unites these failed states, and it isn’t religion

By Jack Goldstone
November 30, 2015
Sheikh Ghazi Rashad Hrimis touches dried earth in the parched region of Raqqa province in eastern Syria, November 11, 2010. Lack of rain and mismanagement of the land and water resources have forced up to half of million people to flee the region in one of Syria's largest internal migrations since France and Britain carved the country out of the former Ottoman Empire in 1920.     REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri (SYRIA - Tags: AGRICULTURE ENVIRONMENT) - RTXUR9R

Sheikh Ghazi Rashad Hrimis touches dried earth in the parched region of Raqqa province in eastern Syria, November 11, 2010. REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri

The American energy story Obama won’t tell the world

By Kevin McCarthy
November 29, 2015
A pumpjack brings oil to the surface  in the Monterey Shale, California, April 29, 2013. The vast Monterey shale formation is estimated by the U.S. Energy Information Administration to hold 15 billion barrels of technically recoverable oil, or four times that of the Bakken formation centered on North Dakota. Most of that oil is not economically retrievable except by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a production-boosting technique in which large amounts of water, sand and chemicals are injected into shale formations to force hydrocarbon fuels to the surface. Picture taken April 29, 2013.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENERGY BUSINESS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTXZ5IT

A pumpjack brings oil to the surface in the Monterey Shale, California, April 29, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson