Congress raises debt ceiling to $12.4 trillion – AP


The Senate voted Thursday to raise the ceiling on the government debt to $12.4 trillion, a massive increase over the current limit and a political problem that President Barack Obama has promised to address next year. The Senate’s rare Christmas Eve vote, 60-39, follows House passage last week and raises the debt ceiling by $290 […]

Ben Bernanke: Bust of the Year – by Vasko Kohlmayer


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Why should we expect the Fed Chairman to solve a crisis he didn’t see coming?

Getting to the Root of Understanding Islam – by David Swindle


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In his newest book, Robert Spencer digs deeper than ever before.

David Frum: Why Health Care Bill is Too Big a Risk – Frum Forum


I wanted to support President Obama’s health care reforms if I possibly could. The U.S. health care system costs too much, delivers too little and excludes too many. Americans pay 60 percent more per person for health care than any other nation. Yet Americans rank only 41st in life expectancy and live with the paralyzing […]

Recovery not as strong as previously thought – AP


The economy grew at a 2.2 percent pace in the third quarter, as the recovery got off to a weaker start than previously thought. However, all signs suggest the economy will end the year on stronger footing.The Commerce Department’s new reading on gross domestic product for the July-to-September quarter was slower than the 2.8 percent […]

The Peoples’ Revolt in Iran – WSJ.com


The foundation stones of Iran’s Islamic Republic were shaken again yesterday, showing that the largest antigovernment movement in its 30 years may be one of the biggest stories of next year as well. Now imagine the possibilities if the Obama Administration began to support Iran’s democrats.The perseverance of the so-called Green Movement is something to […]

Islamic Radicalization U.S.A. – by Ryan Mauro


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2009 witnessed a frightening spike in homegrown terrorist activity.

The Doctor Who Defied Tehran – WSJ.com


At the height of Iran’s bloody civil unrest this year, a young doctor named Ramin Pourandarjani defied his superiors. He refused to sign death certificates at a Tehran prison that he said were falsified to cover up murder. He testified to a parliamentary committee that jailers were torturing and raping protesters, his family says. He […]

Janet Daley: There’ll be nowhere to run from the new world government – Telegraph


There is scope for debate – and innumerable newspaper quizzes – about who was the most influential public figure of the year, or which the most significant event. But there can be little doubt which word won the prize for most important adjective. 2009 was the year in which “global” swept the rest of the […]