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Japan's Problem-Ridden Ruling Party

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Japan's Problem-Ridden Ruling Party

Japan's ruling party, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), will hold elections on September 22 (Xinhua) to decide the new party leader who will take over as the country's prime minister. Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda abruptly resigned (LAT) on September 1, leaving the LDP scrambling for leadership ahead of a crucial national election to be held before the end of summer 2009. This is the second Japanese prime minister in a row to have quit his post after serving less than a year in office. Fukuda's predecessor Shinzo Abe resigned in September 2007, complaining of a stomach ailment.


By CFR, USA.


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Bailouts Revisited

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Bailouts Revisited

Earlier this year, with Bear Stearns teetering on the verge of collapse, Uncle Sam stepped in. The New York Federal Reserve provided the investment bank an emergency loan, saying the money would prevent an all-out collapse—and whatever market turmoil might follow. It wasn't an investment so much as an insurance policy, and global markets generally reacted positively to the cautious approach.


By CFR, USA.


Governance Policy Resource.


U.S. Laws Grant Broad Authority to Quarantine and Isolate People, But Fears of Being "Roped Off"

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U.S. Laws Grant Broad Authority to Quarantine and Isolate People, But Fears of Being "Roped Off" are Outdated, Experts Report

U.S. laws have been broadened to provide federal and state governments, agencies and the military broad authority to quarantine people exposed to infectious agents, and to isolate those who have become infected. But it is unclear in some cases when military authority might preempt federal or state supervision of such efforts. The U.S. situation was further complicated after the World Health Organization was granted the authority to investigate public health emergencies across national boundaries, experts said at a 10 September 2008 panel discussion organized by the AAAS Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy and the Henry L. Stimson Global Health Security Program.


By AAAS USA.


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Don Calloway (‘05) elected to represent hometown of 71st District in the Missouri State

Don Calloway (‘05) elected to represent hometown of 71st District in the Missouri State House of Representatives

For Don Calloway (’05), who describes himself as, “an attorney by trade and a lifelong public servant at heart,” the soul of government lies in listening and responding to the citizenry. Hoping to make a greater impact on his hometown of St. Louis, Calloway recently campaigned and was elected to represent Missouri’s 71st District in the State House of Representatives.


By Boston Law School, USA.


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