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Could Puerto Rico default?

Puerto Rico is about to follow in the footsteps of Detroit, with few options left but declaring bankruptcy. With U.S. retirement funds relying on Puerto Rican bonds in portfolios, the

North America Politics

TPP delayed as US auto makers push for currency clause

As the year’s end deadline for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal nears, US lawmakers press to include a provision on currency manipulation – in part to support US automakers. Including

North America Politics

Why US business cannot afford to ignore unbalanced politics

The US government shutdown revealed that big business may have responsibilities to a functioning political system. After a three-week debacle, the greatest loser is neither a political party nor the

Economics North America

Why you should cherish Yellen’s academic background

A look at new Fed chair Janet Yellen’s academic background offers interesting insights into Obama’s pick for America’s top financial position. Robin Harding summarized the situation that Janet Yellen, President Obama’s

North America Politics

Taking the debt ceiling to the brink

With the House of Representatives having passed a bill Wednesday night putting an end to the government shutdown, let’s take a look at the factors that contributed to the political

North America Politics

Why the US Shutdown May Actually Mean Bigger Government

It sounds like the kind of lofty thought experiment that academics would ponder: What happens if the U.S. government shuts down? The event is full of paradoxes. On the one

Economics North America

US Shutdown Warm-up to Debt Ceiling Negotiations?

The Economist gave a blistering verdict on the political impasse in Congress today: “Once a stalwart of good governance, America looks like a rodeo clown”. How has it come to

Natural resources and energy North America

Debate Over U.S. Natural Gas Exports Heats Up

The consequences of the shale gas and oil energy revolution in the United States have had a great impact on the U.S. industry and economy. The benefits are by now

Economics North America

All-In Nation Growth Agenda, In or Out?

All-In Nation is a collaboration between the Center for American Progress and PolicyLink, and it is centered on exploring ways to create broad-based economic growth. Their progressive agenda is to

North America Technology and infrastructure

Al Jazeera America Enters US Market: Will It Be Viable?

For many Americans, their first encounter with Al Jazeera was in 2001, when the network aired video recordings of Osama Bin Laden after the September 11 attacks. With no further