The Great Debate

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

The real problem for Republicans: Too much money

By Bill Schneider
May 4, 2015
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Left to right: Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz

Republicans have a problem for 2016: Too much money.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush expects to raise $100 million by the end of this month. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas raised $31 million in one week. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida pulled in $40 million in pledges. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker expects to raise $25 million by the end of June. As many as 14 other potential Republican candidates have also been busy raking in the dough.

‘Fast and Furious’: Has America’s basic building block become the posse?

By Lynn Stuart Parramore
May 4, 2015
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Paul Walker (L) and Vin Diesel star in ‘Furious 7.’ Universal Pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Fast and Furious movies are blazing a trail into the record books. The 2013 Fast & Furious 6, which hauled in $788 million worldwide, has now been topped by Furious 7, which zoomed from a record-breaking opening weekend to four consecutive weeks at No. 1. (Avengers: Age of Ultron took the top spot this past weekend.). Furious 7 has made a dizzying $1.3 billion worldwide, behind only Avatar and Titanic. It might just outpace them, too.

Britain votes: Who’s who in the UK election?

By Reuters
May 1, 2015

Britons head to the polls for the UK general election on May 7 in what has been described as the closest race to No. 10 Downing Street since the 1970s.

The EU may soon have Gazprom and Vladimir Putin running on fumes

By William E. Pomeranz
May 1, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on recent wildfires issues in Abakan

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting in Abakan, the Republic of Khakassia, April 21, 2015. REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Better the dictator you condemn than the insurgents you can’t control

By John Lloyd
May 1, 2015
Fighters from Misrata fire weapons at Islamic State militants near Sirte

Fighters from Misrata fire weapons at Islamic State militants near Sirte, March 15, 2015. Militants loyal to Islamic State, the group which has seized much of Iraq and Syria, have established a larger presence in central Libya in recent weeks. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Iran nuclear deal: Just because you don’t like something doesn’t make it Munich

By Neal Gabler
May 1, 2015
Negotiators of Iran and six world powers face each other at a table in the historic basement of Palais Coburg hotel in Vienna

Negotiators of Iran and six world powers face each other at a table in the historic basement of Palais Coburg hotel in Vienna April 24, 2015. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter

from Breakingviews:

Rob Cox: Bitcoin enters age of Goldman and lawyers

April 30, 2015

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

from Data Dive:

Not that kind of libertarian: Poll shows fondness for government programs

April 30, 2015

Is libertarianism a growing trend or a red herring?

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As this Reuters graphic shows, a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted earlier this month found that one in five Americans self-identify as libertarian, with percentages skewing higher the younger the cohort. One in three respondents aged 18-29 consider themselves libertarian, but just 12 percent of those 60 or older similarly self-identify. Additionally, 25 percent of independents consider themselves libertarian, a rate considerably higher than that of either major party.