“Why can’t those people leave peace to the experts?”
U.S. commercial banks have increased their stakes in Treasuries and debt from federal agencies for 16 straight months, the longest stretch since 2003.
Together, they hold $2.1 trillion, the most according to Fed data going back to 1973.
“Nominally, at least, the creditors have won, but reality is likely to be different.”
Most bias has to do with the industry’s norms (stories involving the president get more play than articles about governors, and so on).
In some cases, the self-interest of the media plays a role, whether it’s promoting freedom of the press, for example, or building up anyone who might take on Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination as a way to build interest in that snooze fest.
Following World War II, France’s Jean Monnet, considered the founding father of modern Europe, argued that economic integration would be vital to eliminating intercontinental conflict.
In 1951, he became the chief architect of the European Coal and Steel Community, at the time the most significant step ever taken toward European integration.
Ask why these reservations – or outright objections – are not raised in formal meetings, the answer, in private, in confidence and off the record is invariably the same,
“we are afraid of Germany.”
Surveillance is a double-edged tool.
Catching terrorists is vital to protect the country. But we also want to live in a society where liberty and security are balanced, and the government does not follow people around without good reason.
From that perspective, the high cost and difficulty of maintaining a continuous surveillance on a suspect may not be entirely bad in a democracy.
Compromising encryption technology will do nothing to solve the intelligence community’s human-intelligence deficit.
Using the legislative process to force companies to make defective electronic devices with exploitable communications channels in the hope that they will catch a tiny number of potential or actual terrorists is a self-defeating strategy. If implemented, the FBI’s proposal would only make all Americans more vulnerable to malicious actors online and do nothing to stop the next terrorist attack.
This erosion to herd immunity reveals the public health nightmare that has arisen in recent years when vaccinations become politicized and then codified in the form of state-mandated, and rather loose, exemption laws.
“There are certainly that many Democrats who aren’t worried about Jewish constituents, who aren’t worried about Christian Zionist constituents, who have no reason to fear electoral reprisal.”
“On the other hand, I’m going to say if you’re a representative from Long Island or South Carolina, you’d better be there.”