Nina Easton

  • The economic costs of Mohamed Morsi's power grab in Egypt

    By putting himself above the law, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is putting America's sympathy - and dollars - on the line.

    By Nina Easton, senior editor

    FORTUNE -- "It's the economy, stupid," Vali Nasr, dean of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, tells a Washington dinner party. Nasr isn't applying that familiar bromide to U.S. politics. Egypt is the topic of this gathering, sponsored by Bridges of Understanding, a U.S.-Arab MORE

    Jan 11, 2013 5:00 AM ET
  • Republicans' new foe: Barack Obama, guerrilla warrior

    Modern conservatives have long used the imagery of guerrilla war in their pursuit of politics. Now the biggest warrior is in the White House.

    By Nina Easton

    FORTUNE -- Barack Obama handily won the November election. He cleaned the GOP's clock in last week's fiscal-cliff deal, seizing control of a supposedly Republican-controlled House. Now congressional Republicans, with a co-joined L on their foreheads and still leaking public support, can look forward to MORE

    Jan 10, 2013 1:29 PM ET
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  • The next entitlement crisis: Medicaid spending threatens education

    States already spend more on Medicaid than education -- and the gap is widening. Any stab at reform must include changes to the healthcare entitlement for the poor.

    By Nina Easton

    FORTUNE -- Last week's opening salvo of "fiscal cliff" negotiations is proving what his critics have suspected ever since President Obama walked away from his own deficit-reduction commission two years ago: This White House still isn't serious about entitlement reform, specifically MORE

    Dec 3, 2012 11:13 AM ET
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  • Corporate America: Don't give up on your workers

    If the nation's employers have to ship jobs overseas for lack of talent, they'll have no one to blame but themselves.

    By Nina Easton, senior editor

    FORTUNE -- America has a jobs crisis. Not the one that dropped out of the clouds of the Great Recession. A second, less noticed employment problem is unfolding -- and it's all about job-ready skills, or in our case, the lack of them. The likely MORE

    Nov 13, 2012 5:00 AM ET
  • Stop beating up the rich

    Instead of taking them down, shouldn't we figure out how to lift everyone up?

    By Nina Easton, senior editor

    FORTUNE -- Alexis de Tocqueville famously chronicled American society's love of equality -- and its equally passionate pursuit of money. "The love of wealth," the French historian wrote in the 1840s, "is … at the bottom of all that the Americans do." America stands out among Western nations for its grudging, and MORE

    Sep 6, 2012 5:00 AM ET
  • A radical tax plan the left and right can agree on

    The President, key conservatives, and even some of the nation's biggest corporations are leaning toward trading special breaks for lower rates.

    By Nina Easton, senior editor-at-large

    FORTUNE -- The economy coughs and sputters and threatens to stall out -- again. Growth slows; unemployment ticks back up to 8.3%. Congress shamelessly convenes a five-week recess, while the President camps out under the comforting applause of the campaign trail.

    The absurdity of Washington's inaction MORE

    Aug 29, 2012 5:00 AM ET
  • America's new work ethic?

    New welfare rules and booming disability insurance rolls reveal a bias toward aid checks over paychecks. By Nina Easton

    Jul 30, 2012 12:23 PM ET
  • The silent job killer: Our unemployment system

    The unemployment benefits system was built on a combination of wishful thinking, generosity, and skimpy funding during good times. Today, it's likely impeding job growth.

    By Nina Easton, senior editor-at-large

    FORTUNE -- Hemingway Apparel, located in a rural former cotton town a hundred miles east of South Carolina's capitol, should be the kind of small business that government nurtures. In a county where the unemployment rate hovers near 12%, the factory MORE

    Jul 19, 2012 9:56 AM ET
  • Millionaire taxes hurt the masses, from Newark to Paris

    Leaders around the world want the rich to keep giving. But when the wealthy get tired of getting tapped, guess who gets stuck with the tab?

    By Nina Easton, senior editor-at-large

    FORTUNE -- When New Jersey governor Chris Christie heard British Prime Minister David Cameron invite France's wealthy to decamp to England to escape a proposed 75% tax rate, he felt something akin to déjà vu. Every day top executives of MORE

    Jul 17, 2012 5:00 AM ET
  • What's really holding Arab women back?

    Mohamed Morsi's election as Egypt's president has prompted widespread fears that women will lose whatever ground they had gained. What's in store for the future?

    By Nina Easton, senior editor-at-large

    FORTUNE -- The name-brand polling company Gallup wants to upend Western perceptions of women's status in the Arab world with research concluding that conservative Islam is not what's preventing their economic gains. The problem, concludes Gallup's new poll, is a cultural byproduct MORE

    Jul 10, 2012 11:47 AM ET
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About This Author
Nina Easton
Nina Easton
Fortune

An award-winning author, columnist, and TV commentator, Nina Easton offers insights at the intersection of economics and politics. For six years she has been a regular panelist on Fox News Sunday and Special Report, and has appeared on NBC's Meet the Press, CBS's Face the Nation, and PBS's Washington Week in Review and Charlie Rose. Easton is the author of the critically acclaimed Gang of Five: Leaders at the Center of the Conservative Ascendancy. Prior to joining Fortune, she won a number of national awards as a Los Angeles Times writer, and later served as the Boston Globe's deputy bureau chief in Washington. She is a native Californian and a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.

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