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The basic economic and political assumptions that justified the IMF’s lending program to Ukraine are far from being realized.This raises serious questions over whether the program is adequately financed and whether it was appropriate in the first place.
Under Hillary’s plan, every candidate is free to launder six-figure checks from Russian banks through his or her personal bank account. It’s another example of something often seen in the business world. Regulation often serves to protect insiders from competition.
It is time for a major diplomatic effort in Southeast Asia. The US should take the lead in getting the key Southeast Asian claimants to agree on what belongs to whom in the South China Sea. It can then be clear on exactly what it is ready to back up with military power.
It’s not hard to imagine that many Democrat-inclined voters will vote for Clinton despite the deleted emails, the six-figure speech fees, the contributions from foreign governments. It’s harder to imagine these voters generating the enthusiasm that drove up Democratic turnout in 2008 and reversing the trend that is apparent to anyone who looks at the numbers.
Here’s a problem Jeb Bush needs to grapple with: Most Democrats think Hillary Clinton is entitled to the nomination; Republicans don’t feel the same way about him.
The claim that mortgage credit is very tight for all but pristine borrowers has been repeated so often by respected policymakers and economists that it is now taken as fact. This characterization of today’s mortgage market, however, is misleading.
If Bush can’t handle an obvious question on Iraq, what is he going to do when even harder questions come — like what he’s going to do about Iraq today?
What’s missing from our federal budget process is the opportunity for the legislative and executive branches to find agreement, however infrequently that might occur. The Budget Act should be updated to provide this pathway for compromise.
In cases where borrowers can conclusively prove that a college knowingly misled them using inaccurate data or false advertising, loan relief is a straightforward remedy. Policymakers can’t stop there, though. If an institution’s students cannot pay back their loans, the school should be on the hook to pay back a portion of the loan balance.
A new phrase has rapidly become familiar in schooling: “opt-out.” Across the nation, hundreds of thousands of students are refusing to take state reading and math tests, usually at the behest of their parents.