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Still Clueless in Gaza - Six Years Later

I’ll devote this post to general points about Gaza, many of them arising from letters I’ve received or points made here. First of all I’ll just dispose of a couple of comments that stand out. John Edwards writes ‘When discussing...

The long term damage of the global financial crisis

One of the messages of John Edwards' Beyond the Boom is that Australia sailed through the 2008 crisis unscathed. As a result, Australia's GDP in 2013 was 16% higher than in 2007, while many of the G7 countries had barely regained their pre-crisis GDP level: the strongest rebound, in Canada, was only 8% above its 2007 GDP. Show More Summary

John Edwards talks returning to law

As John Edwards revives his legal career following his scandal-plagued political tenure, the ghosts of his past still haunt him in the courtroom.

Australian economic reform: The next generation

Growth in HALE index, Intangible GDP, net national income and GDP, 2005-2014. John Edwards' Beyond the Boom tilts effectively against Australia's congenital Hanrahanism. It points out the extent to which we managed to finance the wild...Show More Summary

Australia's economy: Stimulus, saving and the GFC

John Edwards' Beyond the Boom is a welcome follow-up to his 2006 Quiet Boom, which I reviewed at the time in conjunction with Ian Macfarlane's Boyer Lectures. I agree with the argument that economic reform should not be sold on the basis of a faux crisis or economic failure narrative. Show More Summary

Chris Matthews Proclaims Marco Rubio Is ‘The Republicans John Edwards

Hardball host Chris Matthews made some bizarre comments about the potential Republican candidates for president in 2016 on Tuesday night. Speaking to Jeanne Cummings of Bloomberg News and Republican strategist John Feehery, Matthews took a swipe at Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and suggested “he's the Republicans John Edwards.” [See video below.] read more

'Beyond the Boom': John Edwards responds

Judith Sloan sums up my Beyond the Boom paper in two propositions: 'what mining boom?', and 'she'll be right, mate'. Those who have read the paper will recognise these propositions as gross caricatures. For those who haven't got round...Show More Summary

Australia’s economic growth secret

I argue in this review of John Edwards’ After the Boom that it’s neither mining, nor macro reform. The reason our economy has done so well over the past 20 years is that policymakers have made the right macroeconomic policy calls when it mattered, during the Asian crisis of the 1990s and the GFC.

Australia's economic growth secret: It's not mining, and it's not micro reform...

Reading John Edwards Beyond the Boom, I am struck by how easy it is to take the same facts, and treat them as good or bad news. The factual core of Edwards' argument is that the importance of the mining boom to the living standards of ordinary Australians has been greatly exaggerated. I entirely agree. Show More Summary

Fracking Australia

As growth in China slows and Australia’s mining boom ends, Australians are asking, Can our luck last? Australia’s Lowy Institute asked me to discuss John Edward’s new monograph Beyond the Boom. My comments and those of a number of experts can be found here. Here is one bit of interest at both antipodes: As Jon […]

Is Australia done with economic reform?

There are two phrases that sum up John Edwards' new book, Beyond the Boom, a Lowy Institute Paper released last week. They are: Mining boom? What mining boom? She'll be right, mate. While I disagree with both propositions, I am in heated...Show More Summary

Cate Edwards: My Father John Told Me About Rielle Hunter Affair — With Late Mother In Neighboring Room

Former presidential candidate John Edwards‘ daughter Cate Edwards said her father told her about his affair with Rielle Hunter with her late mother Elizabeth, reeling in the midst… READ ON

Sick Vets Terrorized in DHS Show of Force

Before he destroyed his career through irresponsible self-indulgence, zillionaire trial lawyer John Edwards used to demagogue about there being two Americas. Maybe he was right. But it isn’t the two Americas of wicked capitalists and the righteous proletariat, as characterized by Edwards. Show More Summary

John Edwards’ daughter reveals that he confessed to affair while cancer-stricken wife was nearby

Ivy-League educated Cate Edwards has revealed that she was summoned to her family's luxury North Carolina mansion in either the summer of 2007 or 2008 by her father so he could break the news.

Friday Morning Open Thread: Full Moon Friday the Thirteenth

Embrace the lunacy!… Hat tip to commentor Mnemosyne for an interesting analogy from Harry Enten at FiveThirtyEight. “Elizabeth Warren Wouldn’t Be 2016?s Obama, But She Could Be Its John Edwards“: … Edwards, of course, didn’t win. But he did appear to move the conversation, highlighting the issue of inequality though his “Two Americas” trope. He [Read more...]

Jaguar Land Rover Launches ‘Special Operations’, Includes E-Type Project

Jaguar Land Rover has launched a new division called ‘Special Operations’, with plans for limited editions and more for both the Jaguar and Land Rover brands. Under the leadership of John Edwards from Land Rover and Paul Newsome – recruited...Show More Summary

John Edwards’ Former Aide Andrew Young Arrested For DWI With Child In His Vehicle, Faces Child Abuse Charge As Well, Cops Say

Andrew Young, ex-presidential candidate John Edwards’ former right-hand man, was arrested in Raleigh, North Carolina late Sunday in connection with DWI and misdemeanor child abuse, as he had… READ ON

Calif. teacher kidnaps 3 students after asking for ride: cops

Three 17-year-old students stopped to talk to their teacher John Edward Maust when they saw him on the side of an Altadena road Saturday night. Maust asked them for a ride to the fast food chain before pulling out a knife, police said. He fled the car when he heard a police helicopter overhead.

Teacher Kidnaps 3 Students, Demands Fast Food

Three LA-area teenagers pulled over to greet their high school teacher standing on a curb Saturday night—but things got weird when he got in the car, KTLA reports. The driver agreed to give John Edward Maust, 34, a lift even though he seemed intoxicated, sheriff's officials said in a...

Drunk LA Teacher Pulls Knife on Students, Demands Jack in the Box

A high school teacher in Southern California allegedly held a group of three students at knifepoint and demanded he be driven to a fast-food restaurant, reports NBC Los Angeles. John Edward Maust, a 34-year-old teacher at Arroyo Pacific...Show More Summary

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