The Great Debate

The behind-the-scenes politics of picking a Supreme Court justice

February 22, 2016
U.S. President Ronald Reagan speaks with Supreme Court Justice nominee Antonin Scalia (R) in the White House Oval Office in Washington, DC in a July 7, 1986 file photo courtesy of the Ronald Reagan Library. Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died, setting up a major political showdown between President Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled Senate over who will replace him just months before a presidential election. REUTERS/Bill Fitz-Patrick/White House/Courtesy Ronald Reagan Library/Handout via Reuters   ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

President Ronald Reagan speaks with Supreme Court Justice nominee Antonin Scalia in the White House Oval Office in Washington, DC in a July 7, 1986 file photo. REUTERS/Bill Fitz-Patrick/White House/Courtesy Ronald Reagan Library/Handout via Reuters 

Why we disagree with Chuck Schumer on the Iran deal

August 14, 2015
U.S. Senator Schumer speaks after the cloture vote on the nomination of Lynch to be Attorney General, in Washington

Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 23, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Americans see Putin as only slightly more imminent threat than Obama, poll says

March 30, 2015
A huge video screen on Sword Beach shows U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin as they arrive for the International 70th D-Day Commemoration Ceremony in Ouistreham

A huge video screen on Sword Beach shows U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin as they arrive for the International 70th D-Day Commemoration Ceremony in Ouistreham June 6, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. and India: Two democracies can join to balance China’s rise

January 25, 2015
U.S. President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Modi arrive for a photo opportunity ahead of their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi

President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) arrive for a photo opportunity ahead of their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, Jan. 25, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Theodore Roosevelt on net neutrality

May 4, 2014

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“Above all else,” President Theodore Roosevelt admonished Congress in 1905, “we must strive to keep the highways of commerce open to all on equal terms.”

from The Great Debate UK:

Glass-Steagall Lite, brewed by Volcker, served by Obama

January 25, 2010

Laurence Copeland

- Laurence Copeland is a professor of finance at Cardiff University Business School and a co-author of “Verdict on the Crash” published by the Institute of Economic Affairs. The opinions expressed are his own. -

Obama bank plan is good policy, good politics

January 22, 2010

— John Kemp is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own —

President Barack Obama’s proposed curbs on bank size and proprietary risk-taking will be criticised for being vague, hard to implement, and focusing on issues that were only part of the cause of the recent crisis.

Obama’s good war goes bad

November 5, 2009

Bernd DebusmannIn the protracted Washington debate over the war in Afghanistan, the most concise analysis so far has come from America’s top soldier: “If we don’t get a level of legitimacy and governance (there), then all the troops in the world aren’t going to make any difference.”

The lucrative business of Obama-bashing

October 22, 2009

Bernd Debusmann— Bernd Debusmann is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. —

from The Great Debate UK:

Obama risks South-American style economic decline

September 8, 2009

richard-wellings- Richard Wellings is Deputy Editorial Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs. The opinions expressed are his own.-