Nicole Neily

Posted April 10, 2012

Children learn that April showers bring May flowers. For farmers around the world, however, May flowers are affected by other factors as well, such as weather, disease, and insects. In 2008 (the last year that statistics were published), the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization estimated that 13 percent of the world’s population – a full 850 million people – were undernourished.

Posted February 28, 2012

Here we are, in the last week of February, discussing the extension of unemployment benefits. Again. Wasn’t Groundhog Day supposed to be on February 2?

Posted October 04, 2011

For centuries, Istanbul has been a hub of global commerce. Stroll around the Grand Bazaar, though, and it’s striking what the most popular products these days are. Not carpets, not Turkish delight… but rather, knockoff handbags, scarves, and clothing. From Hermes to Louis Vuitton, Chanel to Prada, the season’s hottest styles are available on most street corners for pennies on the dollar.

Posted June 07, 2011

"Last year’s monstrous Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill contained a number of awful little programs – one of which was the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the brainchild of Elizabeth Warren..."

Posted June 07, 2011

"Last year’s monstrous Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill contained a number of awful little programs – one of which was the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the brainchild of Elizabeth Warren..."

Posted January 26, 2011

Last night’s State of the Union was a soaring oratory, and one that was widely lauded. CBS News found that 91% of the public approved of the speech, findings that were closely echoed by CNN.

Posted November 20, 2010

All eyes are back on Congress as the lame duck session continues.  One topic on everyone’s mind: extending the Bush tax cuts.  In fact, the showdown over the cuts is likely to be one of the biggest policy fights of President Obama’s term to date.

Posted April 21, 2010

Question: what do boiling oil and a new scheme to further fleece the American people have in common?Answer: they’re both administered by a VAT.

Posted February 09, 2010

With the economy in shambles, recession chic is in. People are cutting back, tightening belts, cooking at home more. The Target Corporation’s ad campaign highlighting the many ways its store can save consumers money has been a runaway success, with net retail sales in January 2010 up 3.6 percent over the prior year.

Posted January 12, 2010

The federal government managed to get something right on January 1 (entirely unrelated to the fact that they were closed!). For one year, the “death tax” has been repealed.

Posted December 14, 2009

At a meeting of European think tanks several years ago, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu described a training exercise for new soldiers in the Israeli Defense Force.

Posted December 01, 2009

If you had something you needed in your home, would you go to the store to buy it anyway? Of course not! Strangely, however, some members of Congress seem determined to push the country toward making this counterproductive choice.

Posted November 16, 2009

As the health care battle rages on, pundits are quick to point out the importance of doing reform right - after all, it composes one-sixth of the American economy.

Posted October 02, 2009

In the past few days, the Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal have both highlighted the plight of Canadians denied coverage by the very health system that purports to save them.