The Great Debate

from Breakingviews:

Cox: How gun control is like zero interest rates

By Rob Cox
January 5, 2016

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

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.

For such a rich guy, Donald Trump looks kind of sad

July 29, 2015

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I expected disgust — and its first cousin contempt — to be the most frequent emotions on Donald Trump’s mug as he announced his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. After all, disgust would make perfect sense. It’s an emotion in keeping with Trump’s repeated comments about the current state of America as something that smells and tastes bad — if not literally, then at least metaphorically.  

“Act and learn” versus “debate and wait”

November 14, 2011

By Mohamed El-Erian and Michael Spence
The opinions expressed are their own.

In formulating policy, the process and the mindset can have a significant impact on the success or failure of outcomes. How you do it can be as or more important than what you do.

from Katharine Herrup:

Opportunity nation?

November 9, 2011

America’s biggest race is just beginning. It's the race to create equal opportunity in our nation once again and to restore the belief that the American Dream can still be achieved.

Occupy the mortgage lenders

October 21, 2011

By Simon Johnson
The opinions expressed are his own.

Participants in the Occupy Wall Street movement are right to argue that the big banks have never properly been investigated for the mortgage origination, aggregation, and securitization behavior that was central to the financial crisis – and to the loss of more than eight million jobs. But, thanks to the efforts of New York’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, and others, serious discussion has started in the United States about an out-of court mortgage settlement between state attorney generals and prominent financial-sector firms.

from Newsmaker:

Wait, now the right hates General Electric?

October 13, 2011

By James Ledbetter
The opinions expressed are his own.

For many years, the River Café, an elegant restaurant that sits just below the Brooklyn Bridge, had a plaque on its wall declaring, in effect, “If you work for General Electric, go eat somewhere else.”

Will the Bush team kill Perry’s campaign?

September 22, 2011

By Joshua Spivak
The opinions expressed are his own.

Rick Perry’s quick ascent to the top tier of Republican Presidential candidates has been met with the expected sniping from other Republicans. What has been unexpected, though, is the source of the attacks against the Texas Governor. Criticism is not just coming from other candidates or interest groups, but, from former members of President George W. Bush’s team. In fact, they are the ones leading the charge against Perry. And, if history is any judge, this could be a real cause for concern for Perry’s election prospect.

The “missing battle” of 9/11

September 7, 2011

By Andrew Hammond
The opinions expressed are his own.


Almost 10 years after 9/11, the United States has a new window of opportunity to regain the initiative in the “missing battle” of the campaign against terrorism. That is, a sustained soft power effort to win the battle for hearts and minds in predominantly Muslim countries.