The Great Debate

Why socialist Bernie Sanders may just shake up the 2016 presidential race

By Robert L. Borosage
May 7, 2015
U.S. Senator Sanders holds news conference after announcing his candidacy for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, on Capitol Hill in Washington

Senator Bernie Sanders after he announced his candidacy for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 30, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Will someone please put Fannie and Freddie out of their misery?

By Mark Zandi
May 7, 2015
Toll Brothers luxury homes are shown sold before construction is completed in Oceanside

Toll Brothers luxury homes are shown sold before construction is completed in Oceanside, California, August 20, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Why the 2016 GOP race may be all about taking down unions

By Thomas Geoghegan
May 6, 2015
Wisconsin Governor Walker holds a news conference at the state Capitol in Madison

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker holds a news conference at the state Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin, February 25, 2011. REUTERS/Darren Hauck

Last of Saddam Hussein’s lieutenants may have fallen in Iraq, but Baathists fight on

By Mohamad Bazzi
May 6, 2015
The body of a man believed to be Ezzat al-Douri, is seen as it is delivered by fighters of the Shiite militia group Kataib Hezbollah, to the Iraqi government in Baghdad

The body of a man believed to be Ezzat al-Douri, is seen as it is delivered by fighters of the Shiite militia group Kataib Hezbollah, to the Iraqi government in Baghdad, April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

from Breakingviews:

Hedge fund pay hauls a political-financial shame

By Edward Hadas
May 5, 2015

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

In the battle between Ukraine and Russian separatists, shady private armies take the field

By Josh Cohen
May 5, 2015
Ukraine's voluntary militia called the Azov Battalion holds artillery training in east Ukraine's village of Urzuf that sits west of the port city of Mariupol

Ukraine’s voluntary militia called the Azov Battalion holds artillery training in east Ukraine, west of the port city of Mariupol on the Azov Sea, March 19, 2015. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

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‚Äôs 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.