National debt

Developed countries default

Adapted from Beers, et. al, 2019, "The BoC-BoE sovereign default database: What’s new in 2019?"; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The world's most comprehensive database of sovereign defaults, run by the Bank of England and the Bank of Canada, has been updated for 2018, and once again advanced economies are driving the numbers.

Mark Sanford on the issues, in under 500 words

Mark Sanford addresses a crowd during a town hall meeting March 18, 2017.
Mark Sanford addresses a 2017 town hall meeting. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is 1 of 3 long-shot Republican challengers to President Trump. A longtime figure in Congress and state government, he is known as a budget hawk and fiscal reformer. A frequent critic of Trump, he faults the president for steering the Republican Party away from traditional issues like the national debt and budget deficits.