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Promises, Promises
 
By Bill Reinsch - November 12, 2014

Following last Tuesday’s congressional election, incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke about his plans for running the Senate when the Republicans take over in 2015. He said all the right things about opening up the institution, allowing the Senate to work its will – permitting amendments and open debate, letting the committees mark up bills – the things the Senate used to do back when it was working (and when old people like me were working there). I have no doubt he meant what he said – just as his predecessors in both the Senate and House meant it when they said the same thing. The truth is every incoming leader promises to make the institution work as the Founding Fathers intended, and every one of them meant it at the time.  
 
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The New Bipolarism
 
By Bill Reinsch - October 15, 2014

During the Cold War, we all got used to the idea of a bipolar world – two great powers competing for influence in the rest of the world.  When the Soviet Union imploded nearly 25 years ago, it became fashionable to argue that bipolarism was dead and that we were moving into a unipolar world with the United States as the paramount power.  Then, looking at the rise of China, people began to speculate about a G-2.  More recently, we have begun to understand how widely both those ideas miss the mark, particularly in political terms, as countries in varied parts of the world simply refuse to follow the U.S. preferred order of things that maintains our status as the paramount power.  We are learning once again through painful experience that just because we’re the most powerful country on earth, we can’t always get our way – in Afghanistan, in the Middle East and North Africa, in Asia, and even at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

 
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