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Government Shutdown and Partisanship in America

Government Shutdown and Partisanship in America

by    Gary Grappo

It’s happened again: For lack of a budget, the US government has been forced to shut down. Government shutdowns have become an unfortunate by-product of American democracy. This one, which began at midnight, January 20 — ironically the one year anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration — is the fifth such shutdown dating back to 1990. Read More

Brazil’s Drama of Unpredictability

Brazil’s Drama of Unpredictability

by    Manuela Andreoni

A court decision this week may cost former President Lula da Silva his candidacy in Brazil’s upcoming presidential election. As Brazil braces for its most important election in decades, hopes of stabilization are dwindling. The country is slowly stepping out of an almost three year-long recession, but uncertainty over what will happen at the ballot Read More

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Unity” All Around?

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Unity” All Around?

by    Peter Isackson

How do you translate e pluribus unum into Arabic and Farsi? The risk of war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the most powerful Muslim nations, has never been greater. Their rivalry can be understood in two ways. The first is simply as two powerful nations facing each other on either side of the Persian Gulf, Read More

There Are No “Shithole Countries”

There Are No “Shithole Countries”

by    Gary Grappo

Donald Trump does not understand that the value of a human being is not linked to their country of origin. President Donald Trump’s reported reference to “shithole countries” in a White House meeting with congressional leaders shocked and angered many in the US and around the world. His appalling insult stunned most citizens of a Read More

Is This the Year Electric Cars Become Exciting?

Is This the Year Electric Cars Become Exciting?

by    KnowledgeWharton

American automakers are weighing continued sales optimism against uncertain policy moves. Meanwhile, electric cars look ripe for consumer-friendly jumps in performance. US automakers sold 17.2 million vehicles in 2017, nearly 320,000 fewer than 2016, snapping a streak of seven straight years of sales gains. But they did benefit from higher prices for some vehicles, and more Read More

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