The Great Debate

The persistent myth of the ‘Ferguson effect’

January 18, 2016
A protester marches through the streets during a demonstration in solidarity with the protests over the Baltimore death of Freddie Gray in Chicago, Illinois, April 28, 2015. Gray, a 25-year-old black man, died in Baltimore police custody on April 19. REUTERS/Jim Young

A protester marches during a demonstration in solidarity with the protests over the Baltimore death of Freddie Gray in Chicago, Illinois, April 28, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Natural-born mess: What would it take to kick Ted Cruz off the ballot?

January 15, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz gestures towards rival candidate businessman Donald Trump (L) as he speaks at the Fox Business Network Republican presidential candidates debate in North Charleston, South Carolina January 14, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane

Senator Ted Cruz gestures toward rival candidate Donald Trump (L) as he speaks at the Fox Business Network Republican presidential candidates debate in North Charleston, South Carolina, January 14, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane

Trump follows in the footsteps of man he claims to despise

January 15, 2016
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Jimmy Carter (L) waving at the Democratic National Convention in New York, 1976. Library of Congress/Warren Leffler; Donald Trump waves to the crowd at the end of a Republican presidential candidate forum in Aiken, South Carolina, December 12, 2015. REUTERS/Christopher Aluka Berry

from Breakingviews:

Cox: Cruz capitalism gives off a whiff of cronyism

By Rob Cox
January 14, 2016

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

from Breakingviews:

GE making wicked smaht HQ move to Boston

By Rob Cox
January 13, 2016

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

Vladimir Putin is the closest thing to a friend Israel has ever had in Moscow

January 14, 2016
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands during their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia, September 21, 2015. Netanyahu said his visit to Moscow on Monday was aimed at preventing clashes between Russian and Israeli military forces in the Middle East. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Pool ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. - RTS24WH

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands during their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia, September 21, 2015. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Pool

Why are these children representing themselves in court?

January 14, 2016
Two young girls watch a World Cup soccer match on a television from their holding area where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center in Nogales, Arizona June 18, 2014. CBP provided media tours June 18 of two locations in Brownsville, Texas and Nogales that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1.  REUTERS/Ross D. Franklin/Pool  (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS SOCIETY) - RTR3UJAE

Two young girls watch a World Cup soccer match on a television from their holding area where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center in Nogales, Arizona June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Ross D. Franklin/Pool

A powerful veep audition for GOP Governor Nikki Haley

January 13, 2016
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley speaks at the National Press Club  in Washington September 2, 2015.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, September 2, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Will scandals simply overwhelm Hillary Clinton?

January 13, 2016
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gestures as she walks on stage at a Democratic fundraising dinner featuring all three candidates in Las Vegas, Nevada January 6, 2016.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Hillary Clinton walks on stage at a Democratic fundraising dinner in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

War College: Why is this 60-year-old U.S. warplane still flying?

January 12, 2016
PARTICIPANTS: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, David Philipps

North Korea sets off a nuclear bomb and how does the U.S. respond? The Pentagon sends a 65-year-old airplane to buzz Korean airspace. It wouldn’t make a lot of sense if the warplane wasn’t the B-52 bomber. Designed in the aftermath of World War Two, obsolete nearly before the last one rolled off the line in 1961 – the Stratofortress may remain in the air for another 25 years.