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Republicans Are Divided on Proper Role for US Abroad – New York Times

Now, a new generation of Republicans like Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is turning inward, questioning the approach that reached its fullest expression after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and signaling a willingness to pare back the military budgets that made it all possible. That holds the potential to threaten two wings of […]

The America that works – The Economist

The America that works – The Economist

“THE greatest nation on earth—the greatest nation on earth—cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next. We can’t do it,” fulminated Barack Obama last month. The crisis of the moment, the “sequester” (a package of budget cuts designed to be so ghastly that Congress would pass a better version), […]

Why the Election of Pope Francis Is Important for Latin America – TIME

Victor R. Caivano / AP Worshipers pack the Metropolitan Cathedral during the evening Mass in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on March 13, 2013. Latin America is Catholicism’s great bulwark. From the moment Spain’s first boat arrived on the shores of the Western Hemisphere, the Catholic Church’s influence permeated the region, and its longstanding influence has yet […]

America’s March Madness Problem – Foreign Policy

With March Madness rolling into view, the sports website Grantland ran a brilliant bracket of the most hated college basketball players in the last 30 years. It presented one bracket each for the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s … and one just for Duke. It says something profound about the national loathing for my alma mater […]

A Budget That Gets America Working Again – Huffington Post

Budget. Congress. Hope; now, those are three words that you don’t often see together. With all of the political drama around our nation’s economy, it’s easy to forget that the federal budget process offers a tremendous opportunity, not just a tremendous headache. Our leaders in Congress have a chance right now to help ease our […]

GOP Divided on Proper Role for US Abroad – New York Times

Now, a new generation of Republicans like Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is turning inward, questioning the approach that reached its fullest expression after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and signaling a willingness to pare back the military budgets that made it all possible. That holds the potential to threaten two wings of […]

A Catholic Comeback for Latin America? – New York Times

A Catholic Comeback for Latin America? – New York Times

Introduction Mauricio Lima for The New York Times Parishioners and beggars outside Sé Cathedral in São Paulo, Brazil. The world is rapidly reading up on Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the 76-year-old Argentine who is now Pope Francis. What can we deduce from his age, his choice of a papal name, his background as a Jesuit? Most […]

America’s March Madness Problem – by Marc Lynch – Foreign Policy

With March Madness rolling into view, the sports website Grantland ran a brilliant bracket of the most hated college basketball players in the last 30 years. It presented one bracket each for the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s … and one just for Duke. It says something profound about the national loathing for my alma mater […]

‘Tears in the streets’ in Latin America – NBCNews.com

>> this first ever leaatin american pope is a nod to hispanics who make up 40% of all catholics around the globe. there was, as we said, happiness throughout the region following the announcement today. nbc’s miguel almaguer is in rio for us tonight. >> reporter: […]

First Latin American pope ‘very exciting,’ faithful say – CNN

First Latin American pope ‘very exciting,’ faithful say – CNN

.cnn_html_media_utility::before{color:red;content:’>>’;font-size:9px;line-height:12px;padding-right:1px} .cnnstrylccimg640{margin:0 27px 14px 0} .captionText{filter:alpha(opacity=100);opacity:1} .cnn_html_slideshow_media_caption a,.cnn_html_slideshow_media_caption a:visited,.cnn_html_slideshow_media_caption a:link,.captionText a,.captionText a:visited,.captiontext a:link{color:#004276;outline:medium none} .cnnVerticalGalleryPhoto{margin:0 auto;padding-right:68px;width:270px} ]]> The new pope is Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the former archbishop of Buenos Aires, who takes the name Pope Francis. The announcement came on Wednesday, March 13, the first full day of the cardinals’ conclave in the […]