July 29 Sources: A Little Help on the Way?

Sources this week have some articles that may be a trend. The U.S. has been doing most of the world’s heavy lifting economically and in terms of security for the last couple of decades. Now that the French are reforming, the world is buying more of our exports and even people in the developing world are in a better mood, maybe we will get some relief. Sources follow.

Environment & Energy

Where the wind blows - A grandiose plan to link Europe's electricity grids may recast wind power from its current role as a walk-on extra to being the star of the show


Davis-Bacon for Ethanol: A Special Interest Handout That Will Raise Gasoline Prices - Congress should not raise gasoline prices by extending Davis-Bacon wages to the construction of ethanol plants.

National Security and Biotechnology: Small Science with a Big Potential - Because dual-use biotechnologies developed in the private sector offer powerful tools to protect Americans from biological threats and to increase the military's operational capabilities, the federal government should promote international liability protection for developing and deploying new national security goods and services, promote scientific travel and exchanges, and assign a lead agency to coordinate biotechnology exploitation for national security.

Transmission Patterns of Smallpox: Systematic Review of Natural Outbreaks in Europe and North America since World War II - This article reviews smallpox outbreaks in post-World War II Europe and North America to understand transmission patterns.

Climate Change Justice – With respect to climate change, what does justice require of wealthy nations and in particular the United States?

How Hot Is Global Warming? A Review of the Polls - How do Americans feel about global warming? What--if anything--are they willing to do about it?


U.S. Politics & Society

Uploading Democracy: Candidates Field YouTube Questions - Tuesday night's Democratic debate was widely anticipated for its groundbreaking format. Candidates took on a host of issues asked by citizens via YouTube videos; analysis of the format and themes compared with public opinion data.

Two-Thirds Of U.S. Adults Would Consider Voting For An Independent - Two-thirds of U.S. adults (66%) say they would consider voting for an Independent candidate in the 2008 Presidential

Voting by Key Groups in Presidential and House Elections, 1952-2006 - Exposition and analysis of polling data from 1952 to 2006 on voting in presidential and House elections.

The Latino Electorate: A Widening Gap Between Voters and the Larger Hispanic Population in the U.S. - A new Pew Hispanic analysis finds, the Latino vote continued to lag well behind growth of the Latino population primarily because a high percentage of the new Hispanics in the U.S. are either too young to vote or not citizens.

Mobility for the Foreign Born - The engine of economic assimilation must incorporate a very different pool of immigrants today, changing economic prospects and raising new questions.

Numbers: U.S.-Japanese Relations, Smoking, and More - A brief analysis of current public opinion on U.S.-Japanese relations, smoking, and more.

States Work to Plug ‘Brain Drain' - States in the Midwest and Northeast are struggling unsuccessfully to keep educated young people from moving elsewhere. In response, some states have mounted tourism-like marketing campaigns while others consider giving hefty tax breaks to in-state college students who stay after they graduate.

Women's Attitudes: Some Poll-Based Observations - Exposition and analysis of polling data on attitudes women hold about a number of societal issues.

The Serious Business of Happiness - An assessment of life satisfaction from four different angles.

Reform, the FDR Way - Democrats are right to revere Roosevelt, but even he knew when to reform his own reforms.

The Roberts Court and Liability Reform - We should be cautiously optimistic about future developments as important cases about federal preemption and the scope of securities laws come before the Supreme Court in 2007.

Population Shifts in the West - Many are sounding the alarm that declining birth rates in the Western world will tip the balance of world power to the East and send the economy and more into a tailspin.

CBO Weighs In on the All-Volunteer Force - A new report by the Congressional Budget Office debunks the notion that a volunteer military is inferior to a conscripted force.

CBO Report on the All-Volunteer Military

Foreign Policy & Security

Numbers: Immigration, Food Safety, U.S. Popularity, and More - A brief analysis of current public opinion on immigration, food safety, and the United States' global popularity.

Poll Finds Strong Populist Mood in Europe and to a Lesser Extent in the USA - A new Financial Times/Harris Poll of cross sections of adults in the five largest European countries and the United States finds that majorities in all these countries are critical of a number of major economic trends and the way their economies are developing. These results indicate a considerable sense of alienation, fueling a strong populist mood.

A Rising Tide Lifts Mood in the Developing World - Even in some countries where incomes are still low and life is tough, people tend to be happier with their lives -- if their economy is on the upswing. And, in Muslim countries, support for suicide bombing has declined sharply in recent years

What businesses need to know about the US current-account deficit - The US import balancing act could continue for some time, but the correction, when it comes, will have surprising consequences. Governments and businesses should prepare for them.

Where the Left Is Moving Right - Some European social democrats are demonstrating the wisdom of restructuring the welfare state.

Winds of Reform in France - The French Parliament is making big changes, thanks to a philosophical shift at the top.

U.S. Sweet Talk Fails to Seduce Africa - The U.S. plan to establish a dedicated Africa Command has sparked suspicion on the continent. Both the United States and African countries need to revise the proposal.

The Long-Term U.S.-China Economic Relationship: Getting It Right - One of the primary objectives of the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue is to speed the pace of reform in China. Getting results means building relationships and taking smaller, deliberate steps forward together to create momentum for greater change. Candid discussions ease rather than increase tensions and help both sides to achieve solutions and act constructively on those solutions.

Demography Of HIV/Aids In China - The Freeman Chair in China Studies at CSIS has released a new report that examines the demography of HIV/AIDS in China.

If Iran Provokes an Energy Crisis: Modeling the Problem in a War Game - A focused but restrained use of military power oriented toward objectives that address vital national interests would demonstrate U.S. determination to uphold freedom of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz, help to calm global markets, and reassure American consumers, and measures liberalizing energy policies and rolling back regulatory restrictions would allow the marketplace to work to meet global energy needs.

The War in Iraq: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions - Although those seeking to score political points often try to reduce the war to simple slogans and either-or strategic propositions, the situation on the ground is complex and not adequately described by debate talking points or campaign rhetoric.

Is the War Lost? - Opponents of the Iraq war can have their say, but they must deal with the inconvenient reality that the United States might well win it.

Al Qaeda: A Continuing Threat - According to a new National Intelligence Estimate, the U.S. will continue to face "a persistent and evolving terrorist threat" from al Qaeda.

Enlisting Madison Avenue: The Marketing Approach to Earning Popular Support in Theaters of Operation The report by the Rand Corporation recommends the military use several commercial marketing concepts to help win support from the local Afghan and Iraqi people.

Interrupting a History of Tolerance – Part II - Religion provides little basis for the conflict between Palestinians and Israel

The Turkish Elections: Results And Implications - The Turkey Project at CSIS hosted a discussion of Turkey's parliamentary elections with Bulent Aliriza, the project's director, and Mark Parris, former U.S. ambassador to Turkey.

We Can't Live with or without Aid, So What Now? - If aid cannot, can business pull Africans out of poverty?

A Skewed Blame Game - India is being blamed for the logjam on Doha, but the real culprits are the United States and the European Union.

Posted by Jack at July 29, 2007 9:21 PM
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Comment #227848

Man, I hope we do get some relief in the trade deficit area. Last year we broke all records for trade deficit, 800 plus billion dollars leaving the US. Free trade agreements over the last 2 decades have created an annual average $3/4 trillion trade deficit. Note carefully the word ‘annual’.

In 5 years that amounts to 3.75 Trillion dollars lost to our economy. How much better off would Americans be if that 3.75 Trillion dollars was currently circulating within our economy, instead of foreign nation’s economies?

Posted by: David R. Remer at July 30, 2007 11:06 AM
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