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President Obama meets Euro Zone leaders at G20 summit in Mexico

It Could Be a Long, Hot Summer for Obama

President Obama has caught a couple of breaks after a bad few weeks in which he lost ground to Republican opponent Mitt Romney.

Last Friday, the president announced a new immigration policy that would accomplish some of the same things … More…

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before Congress in 2011

Four Things We Got Right and Europe Didn’t

You hear it a lot in some circles: The US is heading down the same road as Greece, a basket case of an economy with huge debt and no hope.

And if we don’t address entitlement spending—primarily Medicare and Medicaid—our … More…

Workers at an electronics plant in Shenzhen, China

Four Reasons Why Many Jobs Won’t Come Back

We at The Independent Agenda don’t usually get in the middle of spats between Beltway commentators. But there’s a doozy going on now involving two A-List columnists from The New York Times who are throwing mud at each other without … More…

Lessons for Romney and Obama from the French Election

Lessons for Romney and Obama from the French Election

Americans don’t pay much attention to overseas elections and we don’t think we have much to learn from other countries– especially France.

But I believe our two presidential candidates can draw some lessons from the results of Sunday’s second round … More…

Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers at Davos in 2010

Keynesians Try Another Comeback

The economic philosophy of John Maynard Keynes had a brief revival after the financial crisis of 2008. Desperate politicians tried to save the global economy–and their own jobs–by launching stimulus plans to plug an “output gap,” the gaping hole that … More…

Former IDF chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi and former Mossad director Meir Dagan.

Israeli Ex-Military Chiefs Warn: Don’t Attack Iran Now

The rumblings about a possible attack by Israel against Iran’s nuclear facilities have quieted over the last few weeks as negotiations with Iran began. These kinds of talks have gone nowhere in the past, and we’ll see whether it’s different … More…

Samsung booth at electronics show in 2010

It’s the Global Economy, Stupid

On Thursday came a report from The Wall Street Journal about the narrowing education gap between US parents and their children, suggesting the American dream was in jeopardy.

Friday we got two more intriguing pieces on related topics—or topics … More…

President Obama at UNC

Education Slowdown Endangers the American Dream

A stunning article in The Wall Street Journal Thursday by David Wessel and Stephanie Banchero said  the educational gap between US children and their parents has narrowed dramatically.

“When baby boomers born in 1955 reached age 30, they had … More…

Afghan security forces scramble to respond to Taliban attacks.

The Taliban’s Tet Offensive Begins

Starting at 1:30PM Sunday, the Taliban launched its most brazen, audacious attack ever in Afghanistan.

Using rocket-propelled grenades, trucks loaded with explosives, and suicide bombers, the Afghan rebel army besieged strategic locations in Kabul and three eastern cities.

The carefully … More…

Khameini vows to retaliate on oil sanctions.

Iran’s Power Struggle Opens the Door to Talks

An intense power struggle at the top levels of Iran’s government, along with tough sanctions and the threat of US or Israeli military action, may make a diplomatic resolution to the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program slightly more possible.

Mahmoud … More…