Putin’s created an economic crisis and left Moscow no easy way out


Russia lacks a diversified economy, a vibrant entrepreneurial class, the rule of law and a stable business environment that can support a fast economic turnaround.

In addition, this crisis has sparked Russian anti-Western and isolationist rhetoric that makes Moscow’s road to recovery significantly more difficult.

via Putin’s created an economic crisis and left Moscow no easy way out.

1,500 Tons of Gold on the Line in Swiss Vote to Buy Back Bullion | Bloomberg


The proposal from the “Save Our Swiss Gold” proponents is simple: Force the central bank to build its bullion position up to at least 20 percent of total assets from 8 percent today.

via 1,500 Tons of Gold on the Line in Swiss Vote to Buy Back Bullion – Bloomberg.

The Midterms Were Not a Revolution | NYTimes.com


.. this is what they said Tuesday night: “Washington doesn’t listen, Washington doesn’t lead and Washington doesn’t deliver.”

via The Midterms Were Not a Revolution – NYTimes.com.

Your Guide to the 2016 GOP Primary Field | TIME

Here is a look at the top contenders openly considering a run.

via The Starting Gun: Your Guide to the 2016 GOP Primary Field | TIME.

It’s Finally Over | Steve Chabot for Congress (OH-1)


Why did it happen?

Mainly it was a rejection of the failed policies of Barack Obama, both domestically and in foreign affairs. Partly it was the so-called six year itch – the tendency for the party opposite the President to do well in the election cycle before he leaves an eight year term.

via It’s Finally Over – Steve Chabot for Congress (OH-1).

10 People Share The Mistakes That Cost Them A Job Offer | Fast Company


“Since then, I’ve always thought of things from the interviewer’s perspective: What would the perfect candidate say? Then I seek to be that perfect candidate.”

via 10 People Share The Mistakes That Cost Them A Job Offer | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.

Former NSA lawyer: the cyberwar is between tech firms and the US government | theguardian.com


“They restricted their own ability to sell. We have a tendency to think that once the cyberwar is won in the US that that is the end of it – but that is the easiest war to swim.”

via Former NSA lawyer: the cyberwar is between tech firms and the US government | Technology | theguardian.com.

A quick guide to the smartest midterm election analysis


.. it was voter anger, beyond the structural issues, that launched this Republican wave.

via A quick guide to the smartest midterm election analysis.

Battle for the Senate: How the GOP did it | The Washington Post


From the outset of the campaign, Republicans had a simple plan:

Don’t make mistakes, and make it all about Obama, Obama, Obama.

Every new White House crisis would bring a new Republican ad.

And every Democratic incumbent would be attacked relentlessly for voting with the president 97 or 98 or 99 percent of the time.

via Battle for the Senate: How the GOP did it – The Washington Post.

Republicans Just Broke Democrats’ Blue Wall | NationalJournal.com


.. is it a onetime, Obama-driven surge—or a blueprint for more success in 2016?

via Republicans Just Broke Democrats’ Blue Wall – NationalJournal.com.