The Great Debate

Why the ‘best and brightest’ can be dimmest and worst at governing

December 18, 2015
Republican U.S. presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump speaks to the media in the spin room following the U.S. Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada December 15, 2015. REUTERS/David Becker

Donald Trump in the spin room after the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada, December 15, 2015. REUTERS/David Becker

The women warriors giving ISIS nightmares

December 17, 2015

Islamic State has many enemies, both around the world and in the Middle East. But there’s one group of fighters that the men of Islamic State fear more than others because, rumors say, to be killed by them doesn’t lead to martyrdom, but to an eternity in hell. These fearsome warriors are members of the Kurdish Women’s Protection Units, and in this week’s War College, we look at the role they – and other women – are playing in the war against Islamic State.

from The Exchange:

A conversation with Paul Ryan, Congress’ new ‘adult in the room’

By Rob Cox
December 16, 2015

Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan is playing the role of the adult in the room while the Republican presidential candidates one-up each other with increasingly outrageous rhetoric. The new house speaker chided Donald Trump's proposed ban on Muslims entering the country, saying it's "not what this party stands for." With Ryan potentially playing a leading role should the party wind up in a brokered convention next year, we went back into the archives to our chat with him, in which we discussed his views on crony capitalism, taxes and entitlements.

from Breakingviews:

A (fake) bank CEO memo on plans to leave London

By Rob Cox
December 16, 2015

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

The LGBT pick for the GOP nomination: Donald Trump?

December 16, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures as he speaks at a rally in Las Vegas, Nevada October 8, 2015.  REUTERS/David Becker      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTS3N5M

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures as he speaks at a rally in Las Vegas, Nevada October 8, 2015. REUTERS/David Becker

Why China, a geopolitical teenager, is finally growing up

December 16, 2015
A woman walks past corrugated iron fencing at a Chinese construction site in Kenya's capital Nairobi September 2, 2015. Picture taken September 2, 2015. To match CHINA-AFRICA/ REUTERS/Noor Khamis - RTX1WHJ6

A woman walks past corrugated iron fencing at a Chinese construction site in Kenya’s capital Nairobi September 2, 2015. REUTERS/Noor Khamis

Truth is Superman, but Donald Trump is pure Kryptonite

December 15, 2015
Donald Trump on the USS Iowa in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks on the USS Iowa in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, United States September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY – RTS1ASG

Russia’s payback against Turkey over shoot-down may turn deadly

December 15, 2015
Russia's diesel-electric submarine Rostov-on-Don sets sail in the Bosphorus, on its way to the Black Sea, in Istanbul, Turkey, December 13, 2015. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Russia’s diesel-electric submarine Rostov-on-Don sets sail in the Bosphorus, on its way to the Black Sea, in Istanbul, Turkey, December 13, 2015. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

from Breakingviews:

Cox: Capitalism can help solve the gun problem

By Rob Cox
December 14, 2015

Rob Cox, who grew up and lives in Newtown, Connecticut, is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

A new epidemic of hype won’t help ‘drug-dependent’ infants

December 14, 2015
Donnie Gooding and Katy Yeager Gooding hold their baby Kennedy Gooding in Barboursville, West Virginia, October 18, 2015. Picture taken October 18, 2015. To match Special Report BABY-OPIOIDS/ REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX1XMZG

Donnie Gooding and Katy Yeager Gooding hold their baby Kennedy Gooding in Barboursville, West Virginia, October 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst