A roundup of some of the content published today by Brookings.
- Russia’s lawbreaking, simplified. Steven Pifer relates how Russia is violating the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, the agreement Ukraine made to trade its nuclear weapons for security.
- Most important takeaway from Obama’s budget is … that over the next decade, non-defense discretionary spending will continue to drop. Bruce Katz explains the dramatic impacts.
- Bad weather hurt the work week. Gary Burtless reviews the payroll gains but notes that the severe February weather “may have dampened employment growth.”
Fighting Pakistan’s Taliban through culture. Cynthia Schneider describes how one young Pakistani politician is using Pakistani culture to defy the Taliban.
Who profits from Africa’s boom? Amadou Sy asks, and answers, the key questions.
- Big data and the Common Core. Darrell West and Joshua Bleiberg make a positive connection between “big data” and Common Core standards analytics.
Mingwei Ma contributed to this post.
On the one hand, it's a drop in the ocean, because it won't change what's happening on the ground. On the other hand, it would represent a shift to a more realistic approach toward what's happening in Venezuela. By sanctioning the vice president, the U.S. government is acknowledging that the Venezuelan government has drug dealers at the highest ranks of government.