Tag Archive for Economy

NEWSLINK: U.S. economy collapses in first quarter, but growing again

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[“U.S. economy collapses in first quarter, but growing again” – Reuters 6.25.14] Reuters reports on a drastic downturn in the U.S. economy in the first quarter of 2014. The news also represents a downward correction of previously-reported data from the Commerce Department. The U.S. economy contracted at a much steeper pace in the first quarter than previously estimated, turning in one of its worst-ever non-recession

Stratfor: The U.S. Opts for Ineffective Sanctions on Russia

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(stratfor.com – George Friedman – April 29, 2014) The United States announced new sanctions on seven Russian government officials April 28. A long-used tactic, sanctions can yield unpredictable effects or have no effect at all, depending upon how they are crafted. It is commonly assumed that sanctions are applied when a target country’s actions are deemed unacceptable. The sanctioning nation presumably chooses sanctions to avoid war

UKRAINE: Pulse of Ukraine – Headlines & Newslinks – Sunday 3.23.14

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:: VIDEO: Romney critical of Obama “naivete” and “bad judgment” over Ukraine, Russia and Crimea; video, links, article – SCW 3.25.14 :: NATO: ‘Sizable’ Russian Force At Ukraine Border – AFP/Defense News 3.23.14 :: Russia ‘may be preparing to invade Ukraine.’ White House says Russia may be poised to invade as Ukraine warns prospect of war continues to grow – Irish Times 3.23.14 :: Visa

VIDEO: Ukraine and the Economy – Ukraine Conflict: What Does it Mean For the U.S.?

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In this USA Today video, some of the potential economic repercussions of unfolding events in Ukraine are examined. Some relevant factors include Ukraine being a crossroads and energy hub between Russia and Europe, Ukraine’s status as a corn and wheat exporter, Ukrainian national debt, the ripple effects of sanctions between major global economies and the impact on oil and gasoline prices. Ukraine is an important

NEWSLINK: Ukraine’s Neighbors Urge Expansion of U.S. Gas Exports

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(Ukraine’s Neighbors Urge Expansion of U.S. Gas Exports – Roll Call – Jonathan Broder – 3.11.14 – rollcall.com/news/ukraine_neighbors_urge_ expansion_of_us_gas_exports-231391-1.html) In light of turmoil in Ukraine and Russian hegemony in Crimea, Roll Call examines the potential for U.S. gas exports to impact energy-related geopolitics. Of special concern is Ukrainian and European dependence upon Russian energy sources. … with Russian troops tightening their grip on Ukraine’s strategic

The “Immigration” Name Game

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(Analysis and Commentary) Are they immigrants? Or are they illegal aliens? Or illegal colonists? Illegal colonists … illegal aliens … illegal immigrants … undocumented immigrants … undocumented persons … immigration … migrants … the massaging of jargon continues to be part of the political posturing over U.S. residency and illegal entry. The would-called “immigration” debate rages anew.  Both the Senate “Gang of Eight” and the

US Congress to Reconvene Monday, Continue Fiscal Talks

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(VOA – Kent Klein – Dec. 30, 2012) WHITE HOUSE — The drama over the U.S. government’s so-called “fiscal cliff” enters its final day before the deadline on Monday, with no agreement between Democrats and Republicans.  Americans will face tax increases and deep government cuts on Tuesday if no agreement is passed and signed before then. In a prayer at the opening of Sunday’s Senate