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The Afghanistan war by the numbers

President Barack Obama arrived in Kabul on Tuesday to sign a strategic partnership agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. The deal outlines the next phase of the U.S. role in Afghanistan after combat missions wind down at the end of 2014. A look at the war in Afghanistan by the …

The Savvy Scot Trying to Start a (Very Polite) Civil War – Global – The Atlantic Wire

Civil War is a strong term to describe Alex Salmond’s campaign to bring the question of Scotland’s independence from the United Kingdom to a vote, but it does describe the pro-independence politician’s seriousness in defying London. Salmond, a rotund man with  grandfatherly eyebrows and a tendency to wear blue ties, …

Italy’s Labor Pains – Businessweek

With productivity flat and GDP growth near 1 percent, Italy must make hiring and firing easier If you want to know which of Italy’s many problems is the most daunting, look no further than the first sentence of its constitution, written in 1947, which describes the country as “a democratic …

We Are All Gossips Now. Let’s Start Acting Like It

There’s nothing particularly wrong with the press frenzy surrounding the sexual harassment charges against Herman Cain. The Politico story that launched things on Sunday was maddeningly thin on details, as Jack Shafer and others have pointed out, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t a story rattling around in there somewhere. …