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GOP’s deficit reduction is a cynical performative gesture

For several years now, I’ve been told that the old consensus of fiscal conservatism and limited government was dead. So, you might think I’m delighted by the sudden rebirth of tea party-style budget-cutting zeal on display in the GOP’s brinksmanship over the debt ceiling. Not so ...

Egg prices already cracking

When I worked on Reuters’ business desk, we weren’t allowed to parrot press releases reporting that earnings soared 100% from the year before. Why? Because here’s the reality behind some such claims: Acme Pebble’s income last year may have grown from a miserable $100 to only $200. ...

China threat not only to Taiwan

SYDNEY — Last July, the U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Mark Milley, visited Jakarta where he said China’s military has become significantly more aggressive and dangerous over the past five years. While the U.S. has seemed fixated on China’s growing verbal threats and military ...

What the Democratic Trifecta hath wrought

America has just exited a biennium of Democratic trifecta — control by the nation’s and the world’s oldest political party of the White House and majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives. It is only the third such biennium in the last 40 years, since 1993-95 and 2009-11, the ...

The bros are sorry, so they say

Sam Bankman-Fried perfected the poses, uniform and attitude of the bro, the boy-man who gets away with it. He sucked billions into his FTX cryptocurrency platform by convincing the public that he was touched with supersized genius at making fortunes. His claim to want the money for higher ...

A minority view

HONOLULU — If one discounts Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, Hawaii is about as far — geographically and politically — from Washington, D.C., as one can get. There are just six Republicans out of 51 in the State House of Representatives and two out of 25 in the Senate. One of them is Rep. ...