Change and Immigration: Those are the themes and buzzwords that have dominated the discourse among presidential candidates on the Democratic and Republican tickets trying to connect with Iowa voters. Now, just days ahead of that state's caucus, The Washington Post examines the contenders' strategies in two companion articles on change and illegal immigration. For a look at the disenfranchised Iowa voters, check out The New York Times' piece on the nuts and bolts of the caucus. The Wall Street Journal, meanwhile, explores on its front page what it calls "An Epochal Battle."
Pakistan Vote Postponed: The country's elections officials today pushed backed the key parliamentary election, to be held Jan. 8, to Feb. 18 citing the chaos and disarray resulting from the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, the Washington Post reports. Opposition leaders claim President Purvez Musharraf's government is buying time, knowing the discontent and anger may have led to a certain defeat were the vote held next week.
2007 Economy Postmortem: There's probably no shortage of Monday morning quarterbacking when it comes to the financial woes of last year. Here's the New York Times' take. The Washington Post devotes space to the ups and downs of private equity and major deals of 2007. For a forward-looking prediction, check out the Wall Street Journal's advice for bargain-hunting investors.
Exports to China Questioned: While working to license and restrict more exports to China, the government also has worked to relax restrictions on some Chinese companies who sign up as validated licensees. The New York Times says the anti-proliferation group New Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control is criticizing the Bush Administration approach in an upcoming report. It describes two of the vetted Chinese firms as high risk because of their ties to China's military establishment and other organizations accused in the past of links to Syria and Iran. Last month, Legal Times profiled a government-wide law enforcement initiative undertaken to stem the transfer of sensitive technologies to China and other countries.