The Great Debate

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Cox: Bloomberg’s White House hurdle is Wall Street

By Rob Cox
February 4, 2016

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

Podcast: Surprising changes underway for Israel’s military

February 5, 2016
PARTICIPANTS: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Noga Tarnopolsky

Israel’s defense forces are widely regarded to be among the world’s elite. Their training methods are copied by other militaries, actions taken by their soldiers and pilots are legendary. The Raid on Entebbe, the Six Day War, the 1981 air strike that took out a nuclear reactor under construction in Iraq.

The ‘liberal media’ vs. Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, et al.

February 4, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz and his wife Heidi speak to the press aboard a plane en route to a campaign event in Piedmont, South Carolina February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX256K5

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz and his wife Heidi speak to the press aboard a plane en route to a campaign event in Piedmont, South Carolina, February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

A whiff of panic in the Kremlin as Russia’s economy sinks further

February 4, 2016
Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves after his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow, Russia, December 17, 2015. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves after his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow, December 17, 2015. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

The one thing in Saudi Arabia that works well is under threat

February 3, 2016
A gas flame is seen in the desert near the Khurais oilfield, about 160 km (99 miles) from Riyadh, June 23, 2008. State oil giant Saudi Aramco is adamant the biggest new field in its plan to raise oil capacity will arrive bang on schedule in June next year. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji  (SAUDI ARABIA) - RTX79NP

A gas flame is seen in the desert near the Khurais oilfield, about 99 miles from Riyadh, June 23, 2008. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji

Is it time for the United States to dump Saudi Arabia?

February 3, 2016
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry walks with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir (C) to attend a Gulf Cooperation Council meeting at King Salman Regional Air Base in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 23, 2016. REUTERS/Jacquelyn Martin/Pool - RTX23NE0

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry walks with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir (C) to attend a Gulf Cooperation Council meeting at King Salman Regional Air Base in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 23, 2016. REUTERS/Jacquelyn Martin

With Zika, ethical and medical questions — and few answers

February 2, 2016
A pregnant woman waits to be attended to at the Women's National Hospital in San Salvador, El Salvador January 29, 2016. El Salvador on January 21 urged women in the Central American nation to avoid getting pregnant until 2018 to avoid their children developing birth defects from the mosquito-borne Zika virus which has rampaged through the Americas. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas - RTX24MYV

A pregnant woman waits to be attended to at the Women’s National Hospital in San Salvador, El Salvador January 29, 2016. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas

Trump, the GOP’s spleen, is ripe for surgery

February 2, 2016
Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump stands prior to the start of the Iowa caucuses at St Francis of Assisi church in West Des Moines, Iowa February 1, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Donald Trump before the start of the Iowa caucuses at St Francis of Assisi church in West Des Moines, Iowa, February 1, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Trump fits GOP’s celeb infatuation – but it doesn’t make him a winner

February 2, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks as his wife Melania listens at a campaign rally on caucus day in Waterloo, Iowa February 1, 2016.   REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Donald Trump speaks as his wife Melania smiles beside him at a campaign rally on caucus day in Waterloo, Iowa, February 1, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

The real contest in Iowa

February 1, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa January 31, 2015. REUTER/Jim Bourg

Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa, January 31, 2015. REUTER/Jim Bourg