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Opinion: Fund — don’t cut — U.S. soft power – Gen. David Petraeus and Michael O’Hanlon – POLITICO.com

The president’s budget proposal is now on the streets of Washington, D.C. Currently, it would protect funding for the State Department and the Agency for International Development and related activities from further cuts. The combined annual budget for development aid, security aid and diplomacy has averaged close to $60 billion …

Sequester of Fools – NYTimes.com

They’re baaack! Just about two years ago, Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, the co-chairmen of the late unlamented debt commission, warned us to expect a terrible fiscal crisis within, um, two years unless we adopted their plan. The crisis hasn’t materialized, but they’re nonetheless back with a new version. And, …

Playing Taxes Hold ’Em – NYTimes.com

A few years back, there was a boom in poker television — shows in which you got to watch the betting and bluffing of expert card players. Since then, however, viewers seem to have lost interest. But I have a suggestion: Instead of featuring poker experts, why not have a …

Fun Plans for Summer Vacation – NYTimes.com

John Boehner wants to restart the debt-limit debate. This is big news. Remember all the fun we had last time: threats, brinkmanship, wobbling financial markets, torpedoed Grand Bargain? You can certainly understand why he misses it. The weather’s getting nice. Maybe this time we could do it outdoors. “Let’s start …

Walker’s World: Euro-crash rolls on – UPI.com

LONDON, March 28 (UPI) — There is an eerie but grisly fascination about the way the slow train crash of the euro currency continues to unfold and the recurrent inability of the European governments to take the political risks of resolving it. The first carriage to crumple was Greece, a …