Afghanistan, Eurozone Questions Linger Despite NATO, G8 Resolve
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Back-to-back summits have produced agreements that could have long-term consequences for Afghanistan and the European economy. We hear different opinions about the results. Also, a Rutgers student sentenced to 30 days for using a webcam to spy on gay student, and Congress zeros in on the US Census.
Banner image: President Barack Obama (C) talks with (L-R) José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, French President François Hollande, and Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council before the G8 Summit at Camp David, MD, May 19, 2012. Mike Froman, Deputy NSA for International and Economic Affairs, listens in the background (3rd L). Official White House photo by Pete Souza
Afghanistan, Eurozone Questions Linger Despite NATO, G8 Resolve ()
President Obama hosted back-to-back summits from Friday at Camp David until today in Chicago. The G8 agreed that Greece should stay in the Eurozone, but the battle over "growth versus austerity" is far from over. NATO leaders agreed to pull troops out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014, with President Obama insisting that "stabilizing" that country remains a "vital" priority. Will NATO provide the funding required for local police and a national army? Are such meetings all that useful? Did the President get what he wanted? Will the US have to live with continued uncertainty in a rapidly changing world?
- Tony Karon: Time magazine, @TonyKaron
- Paula Newberg: Georgetown University
- Philip Golub: Le Monde diplomatique
- Martin Butcher: arms control advocate, @ButcherMartin
Too Much Census Data Collection? ()
The American Community Survey provides information that helps local governments and businesses in everything from assessing health needs to locating Target stores. But now the Republican-led Congress has determined that it's an expensive violation of privacy. Will the Senate go along? Catherine Rampell says, "The American Community Survey may be the most important government function you've never heard of, and it's in trouble." She founded the Economix blog at the New York Times, where she's a reporter.
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