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What would Dieter do?

October 14th, 2010

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This piece was originally posted on The Wall Street Journal’s Real Time Economics Blog.

Sprechen Sie Trade?

When it comes to exports, the United States could learn something from Germany.

In the second quarter, Germany’s economy grew at a blistering annual rate of 9%, almost all of which was due to robust exports. In August, German manufacturing orders expanded by a healthy 3.4%, driven by strong foreign demand for products like Audis in China. America’s economy is four times larger than Germany’s, but Germans export more manufactured goods than us, and those exports account for over a third of Germany’s GDP.

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A quiet shift in GOP stance on gay marriage

October 13th, 2010

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This piece was originally published in the Los Angeles Times.

As the “tea party’s” outsider challenge to Republican Party orthodoxy grabs headlines, another, quieter revolution is unfolding inside the GOP. This rebellion has at its heart a truly surprising issue, one that could have long-term consequences for the party: gay and lesbian couples’ freedom to marry.

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What Dems Need: A Moderate Surge

October 1st, 2010

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This piece was originally published in Politico.

With the worries over an “enthusiasm gap,” many Democrats are now contemplating a home-stretch election strategy focused on rousing the base. By carrying a left-leaning message, this argument goes, Democrats can reactivate liberal enthusiasm to equal the Tea Party’s passion.

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