Free Trade Voting Patterns In Congress

Keith Hennessey has a pretty interesting post on the topic of free trade voting patterns in Congress.  Based on the last three treaties (Colombia, Panama, and Korea), Republicans were very strongly in favor of free trade, whereas Democrats were against but a bit more divided.  Hennessey notes that these are probably high-water marks for Democrats…

Putin’s new strategy

Here's RFE/RL's analysis of Putin's new strategies. It makes complete sense. Putin is handing out concessions, saying nice things about protesters, etc, in the hopes that his hold on power can bend but not break. According to the article, none of his concessions would even take effect until 2013, so his message is "Vote for me…