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Breaking: 2 NYPD Officers Shot

Two New York City police officers were shot this evening in the Bronx just after 10:30 Monday evening. They were responding to a robbery. Neither officers' injuries appear to be life-threatening. A major manhunt is currently underway.

NYPD officials do not believe the officers were targeted.

The Great Hollowing Out

This is another in my on-going series of posts on the politics and economics of wealth inequality - perhaps the key political and economic puzzle and problem of our time. As we've noted before, the trend toward greater concentration of wealth at the top is most extreme in the US and to a lesser extent in the UK and Canada which are closer to our economic model than other European countries and Japan. This post from November has a good chart illustrating the relative trends (third chart down). But this new study comes at the same data from a distinct and frankly jarring perspective.

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What Does 2015 Hold?

What will define 2015 in politics and more importantly our national and political culture in general? 2014 I'd call a year of general malaise, disenchantment with Obama, a return to Iraq and a polarizing but irrepressible public argument about race and policing. What does 2015 hold? I've just opened this thread to discuss it in The Hive (sub req). If you're not a Prime member, shoot me an email at our main site email address up at the top of the site.

They Just Melt Away

If you have a moment, check out this Times article on the collapse of the Yanukovych government in Ukraine last February, the event that seemed to end one Ukraine crisis but in fact kicked the broader and continuing regional crisis into high gear.

Brittle states, especially once they are held together only by bare force, can and often do come apart very rapidly. There is a strong element of game theory and crowd action in the process - a rush for the exits that can be baffling. It has always been a bit of a mystery exactly how the end came for Yanukovych and why it happened so quickly. The Times article doesn't quite solve that mystery so much as it illustrates that process of rapid government or state collapse - a chain of events that lacks any clear point of origination.

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