Featured Articles — November 18, 2007

Interesting Takes from Home and Abroad:

 The Soft Underbelly of Europe — Mark Helprin
Germany presents a tempting target for the jihadists and others.

Two Cheers for Bob Zoellick – Wall Street Editorial
Good news, and bad, at the World Bank.

Setting the Bar for Corruption — George Will
John Edwards launched his slight public career — one Senate term, two presidential candidacies — with the money and reputation he made as a trial lawyer.

A rising note of panic surrounds Number 10 — Iain Martin
A “Shakespearean tragedy” is unfolding, muttered a Labour backbencher darkly. “You just know how this one is going to end. And it is such a shame as he’s much the better man than Blair”.

Pakistan’s Collapse, Our Problem — Frederick Kagan and Michael O’Hanlon
AS the government of Pakistan totters, we must face a fact: the United States simply could not stand by as a nuclear-armed Pakistan descended into the abyss.

The Discipline Of the Dollar — David Ignatius
See if you can identify the following country: Its currency is falling sharply in global markets; its speculative real-estate bubble has burst; its financial sector is weakened by bad loans and lack of transparency.

Appeals court overreaches in tossing federal fuel rules — The Detroit News Editorial
It may be appropriate for a federal court to decide who in government has the authority to set fuel efficiency standards for automobiles, but it is well beyond the role of the court to take on the job of setting those standards itself.

Outsmarted by Sudan — Jim Hoagland
Murder, arson and rape do not suffice as weapons in Sudan’s campaign against the civilians of Darfur. Khartoum also plays the race card to block outsiders from coming to Darfur’s rescue.

The Inspirational Life of Clarence Thomas — Robert Bluey
Ask Clarence Thomas what he enjoys doing and he’ll tell you about driving his RV across America or cheering for his beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Where do judges come from? — Paul Jacob
Patricia Breckenridge was sworn in this past week as Missouri’s newest supreme court justice. It was a pleasant event, even a bit ho-hum, considering it culminated months of bitter disagreement over the method of choosing state court judges under a system known as the Missouri Plan.

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