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The debt-ceiling stalemate has put the nation’s AAA credit rating at risk and has raised the specter of a global economic meltdown. But it’s becoming clearer by the day that even that may not be enough of a crisis to waken an ill-informed electorate to America’s financial reality: Balancing th...

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 3:49pm

WASHINGTON — Wall Street Journal Managing Editor Robert Thomson is rumored to have once said of his boss: “Rupert is not going to die.”...

Wed, 07/27/2011 - 4:52pm

WASHINGTON — For all the frenzy in Washington on debt and deficits, President Barack Obama’s political strategists realize jobs are more important in next year’s elections; they see the two different scenarios....

Wed, 07/27/2011 - 4:50pm

Post-revolutionary Egypt often appears to be on the verge of a breakdown. Strikes and protests remain rampant, while the economy is still moribund. Since July 9, thousands of protesters have been gathering once again in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, accusing the ruling military of betraying their revolut...

Wed, 07/27/2011 - 4:49pm

The second-quarter campaign finance numbers for presidential candidates are out — but some of the most important information remains obscure. All candidates complied with federal election law by identifying individuals who contributed $200 or more to their campaigns. But none of the Republican can...

Tue, 07/26/2011 - 4:54pm

According to a recent story in The Post, the Obama administration is “quietly toasting” the success of international sanctions against Iran. The Islamic republic is having increasing difficulty arranging imports, including food, and the central bank is reportedly short of hard currency. Billions...

Tue, 07/26/2011 - 4:50pm

Immigration skeptics are fond of portraying the southwestern border as lawless and violent, a sort of Spanish-accented version of Pakistan’s tribal areas. In this fantasy dystopia, cascades of illegal immigrants cross the frontier, running roughshod over outmanned and outgunned U.S. Border Patrol ...

Mon, 07/25/2011 - 7:51pm

WASHINGTON — The remarkable thing about what happened on the Senate floor Monday night was that it was utterly unremarkable.  The matter under consideration — the nomination of the first openly gay man to serve on the federal bench — would at one time have been a flashpoint in the culture...

Thu, 07/21/2011 - 6:31pm

As thrilled as most Minnesotans will be to see state parks, state offices and state government reopen, we don’t have to be as happy about the very closed way it came about. Disappointingly, most of the meetings and talks to finalize bills and to bring an end to the longest government shutdown in s...

Wed, 07/20/2011 - 7:20pm

The best outcome for the showdown over the debt ceiling would have been to seize the moment to secure a pain-all-around bargain encompassing spending cuts, entitlement reform and tax revenue. That may still be possible, but it seems less achievable with every passing day....

Tue, 07/19/2011 - 6:39pm