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The US Debt Crisis that Will Never Happen

July 26th, 2014
in Op Ed

by Chris Mayer, Daily Reckoning

I firmly believe that there's not going to be a debt crisis here in the U.S.

I was skimming through Barron's over the weekend and I saw Gene Epstein's column titled "New Warning on U.S.' Gathering Debt Storm." He writes about the Congressional Budget Office's new report, released Tuesday.

There are some real whoppers in there.

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How Harsher Sanctions Could Help Putin Turn Russia Back into the Soviet Union

July 24th, 2014
in Op Ed

by Richard Connolly, The Conversation

The downing of flight MH17 has caused attention to shift once again to the prospect of even harsher penalties being imposed upon Russia by Western countries. Up to this point, sanctions have been limited to individuals within or close to Russia’s ruling elite, as well as a few associated companies. While these sanctions may weaken support within Russia’s elite for the current course of foreign policy, the effect on economic activity in Russia has been relatively muted.

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New Index Points to a Steep Drop in Asset Prices

July 24th, 2014
in Op Ed

by Chris Mayer, Daily Reckoning

If you take an egg and drop it on the floor, it breaks. An egg is fragile. A golf ball, by comparison, is less fragile. It takes a lot more force to crack a golf ball.

What about stock prices? Housing prices? Bond prices? Are they eggs or golf balls? The answer is that it depends. They swing from being more like eggs to being more like golf balls... and back again.

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Why Dollar Dominance is Secure Despite Growth of Global Rivals

July 23rd, 2014
in Op Ed

by Alan Shipman, The Conversation

In imploring the world to be less dependent on the US dollar for international transactions, French finance minister Michel Sapin is expressing a wish that many of the euro’s creators hoped would already be reality.

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The America That Can No Longer Think, Diplomatically

July 23rd, 2014
in Op Ed, syndication

Written by

This post was triggered by the recent development in Iraq (e.g. Obama sending up to 300 soldiers to Iraq as advisers), although I have been planning an article on this subject for a while, as a part of my series "The America that can no longer think" (e.g. The America That Can No Longer Think, Politically).

The Constitution of the United States and the subsequent Amendments (List of amendments to the U.S. Constitution) specify several obligations of the U.S. government. One of them is "defense, war prosecution, peace, and foreign relations."

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