“We have been studying Washington politics and Congress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dysfunctional,” wrote Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein in the Washington Post. “In our past writings, we have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted. Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party.”
European leaders heading to the home of Thomas Mann’s Magic Mountain sanatorium are surprising credit-ratings companies, and the economists who agree with them, as the consensus predicts another year of trauma for the euro area.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who called a Democratic state senator an “arrogant S.O.B.” this week, joins a distinguished and bipartisan line of politicians who have employed the term. It may help him too.
President Barack Obama’s bet that he can use the Arab spring to reshape the U.S. relationship with the Muslim world, and his standing with American voters as an international leader, will be tested today as a major march is called in Cairo that may erupt into anti-U.S. violence.