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WP: Small business a common theme at Republican Convention

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By J.D. Harrison, Updated: Thursday, August 30, 12:30 PM

Republicans have made the growing national debt and sluggish economic recovery the central themes of their gathering this week in Tampa. But small businesses have spent their fair share of time in the convention’s spotlight, too, as party leaders try to sell their ticket to voters on Main Street.

On Wednesday, Paul Ryan capped off an evening littered with small business references by sharing an emotional story about his mother, Betty Douglas. He explained that, following his father’s death, his mother returned to school and eventually launched her own interior decorating company in Wisconsin. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 30, 2012 at 4:51 pm

The WP: Romania’s political crisis puts spotlight on ragged democracy in Eastern Europe

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By Associated Press, Published: July 26

BUCHAREST, Romania — Romania’s President Traian Basescu says he’s on “Mission Impossible” to save democracy in this former Communist country. His opponents hope he’s on an impossible quest to save his job.

As Romania holds a referendum Sunday on impeaching Basescu, the ugly political battle has raised questions about the rule of law in the fledgling EU member. It comes against the background of similar concerns about shaky democracy across Eastern Europe, in countries such as Hungary, Bulgaria and Serbia that are striving to join the European mainstream.

Basescu’s rivals are seeking to impeach him for the second time in five years.

They claim the 60-year-old populist former ship captain violated the constitution by meddling in government business, coddling cronies and using the powerful secret services against enemies. Basescu says the impeachment process is a political vendetta carried out by opponents plotting to seize control of EU funds and the country’s justice system. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 27, 2012 at 6:52 am

The Washington Post: About a Political Disaster – 3 in 1

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Romania’s repressive moves

By Editorial Board, Saturday, July 14, 2:24 AM

COVERAGE OF THE crisis in Europe has tended to focus on economic questions, such as whether Greece or other governments will default on their debts or whether the euro currency will survive. The growing political damage to institutions, and to democracy itself, is sometimes overlooked. But in several countries there has been an alarming erosion of political comity and constitutional checks and balances, driven by populists who exploit the public’s dissatisfaction with economic hardship. Read the rest of this entry »

The Washington Post: Germany offers vision of federalism for the European Union

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By Anthony Faiola and Michael Birnbaum

BRUSSELS — Political posters in Rome are comparing her to Hitler. A popular British magazine dubbed her “Europe’s most dangerous leader.” But could German Chancellor Angela Merkel — the frugal physicist foisting tough austerity on the region’s hard-hit economies — really be the most pro-European leader in Europe? Read the rest of this entry »

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June 28, 2012 at 9:26 am

Washington Post: PM’s plagiarism scandal puts spotlight on culture of academic cheating in Romania.

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BUCHAREST, Romania — His first education minister resigned for allegedly plagiarizing a book about Romania’s entry into the European Union. His second quit soon afterward, also accused of copying academic work. Now, Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta faces claims he plagiarized half his own doctoral thesis. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 23, 2012 at 9:14 am

A year from Election 2012, a dark mood awaits Obama and GOP rival

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By Dan Balz, Jon Cohen and Chris Cillizza, Sunday, November 6

One year out from the 2012 election, President Obama faces the most difficult reelection environment of any White House incumbent in two decades, with economic woes at the center of the public’s concerns, an electorate that is deeply pessimistic and sharply polarized, and growing questions about the president’s capacity to lead.

Those factors alone portend the possibility that Obama could become the first one-term president since George H.W. Bush, who was defeated by Bill Clinton in 1992 at a time of economic problems and similar anger with the political establishment in Washington. To win a second term, Obama probably will have to overcome the highest rate of unemployment in an election year of any president in the post-World War II era. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 6, 2011 at 10:45 am

Oil’s new world order

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For more than five decades, the world’s oil map has centered on the Middle East. No matter what new energy resources were discovered and developed elsewhere, virtually all forecasts indicated that U.S. reliance on Mideast oil supplies was destined to grow. This seemingly irreversible reality has shaped not only U.S. energy policy and economic policy, but also geopolitics and the entire global economy. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm