Archive for the North Star Writers Group Category

Needed: A New Imperative to Cut the Deficit

The recent rise in interest rates may mark the first sign that the chickens of Washington’s fiscal recklessness are coming home to roost, as investors worry that huge budget deficits in the coming years will threaten not just recovery from today’s recession but longer-term economic growth as […]

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Three Ways Obama Must Choose Wisely in Cairo

President Obama’s decision to speak in Cairo this week is symbolically appropriate because, for better and for worse, that city highlights the multiple conflicts across the Middle East on which he must take sides. What he says publicly and how he maneuvers privately in Cairo, and during […]

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On Taxes and Spending, Democrats Must Not Ignore Public Skepticism

The American people are about to confront their contradictions – their demand for more specific services but less “government” in general, for lower deficits but not for higher taxes or less of the spending that dominates government. Also heading for a confrontation are Americans and their leaders […]

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Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi: Diplomacy, Human Rights – And a Brave Woman

She sits mostly alone, a woman of fragile health but breathtaking courage – a solitary figure who represents the aspirations of 47 million fellow citizens of Burma and of millions living in oppression elsewhere. She is Aung San Suu Kyi, who is to Burma what Nelson Mandela […]

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U.S. Takes Risky Approach to Iran and the Middle East

As President Obama prepares to host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington next week, the United States and its allies are crafting an approach toward the Middle East that carries high risk to Western interests and leaves Israel increasingly alone in an ever-more turbulent region. The […]

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