FROM Michael White
Barack Obama and the Perils of Populism Tony Hayward spent this weekend watching his yacht race off the Isle of Wight, another black eye for the CEO of what used to be called British Petroleum. But while BP is British owned, it employs 20,000 Americans, twice its payroll in England. Some 40% of its shares are held in the United States. As President Obama and the Democrats bash BP — along with Toyota, health insurers and Wall Street, do many Americans see a threat to pensions and jobs? Do they distrust government as much as they do corporations? While Obama's populism might have short-term political value, what about the long-term? Is it time for him to cool his rhetoric or turn up the heat?
Gordon Brown Takes Over as British Prime Minister Tony Blair is now Middle East Envoy for the Quartet of the US, Russia, the UN and the European Union. Britain's new prime minister is his long-time understudy. During the ten years of Blair's Labour Party government, Gordon Brown has been Chancellor of the United Kingdom, but he's never disguised his ambition to become the top dog. Today, he got the job without an election--the first time that's happened in 17 years. Michael White is associate editor of the Guardian newspaper and a commentator on the BBC .
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