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Let’s regain the world’s trust by dumping Trump

What can Americans do to help the United States improve its standing around the world? Defeat Donald Trump on Nov. 3. New data from the Pew Research Center show that 64% of people from 32 countries do not trust Trump to do the right thing in world affairs. In fact, Trump received the highest negative […]

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Diplomacy wins again in battle vs. guns: Iran edition

Three international examples about Iran show us the power of words over weapons. Two U.S. Navy boats in the Persian Gulf drifted into Iranian waters near Iran’s Farsi Island after sailors made what U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter called “navigational errors.” One of the boats was having engine trouble, making it unable to leave when […]

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Iran deal a true breakthrough in nuclear weapons race

Seven years after then-presidential candidate Barack Obama proposed talking to Iran about ramping down its nuclear program, that idea has become a reality. The historic agreement between Iran and six world powers freezes Iran’s nuclear program for the next decade in exchange for gradual sanctions relief, President Obama said in describing the deal in an […]

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How Iran nuclear deal may affect falling oil prices

A drop in the worldwide price of oil might mean more than just lower prices at the pump. It could be pushing Iranians closer to a pact to limit the country’s nuclear power. And that may push oil prices — and thus gas prices — even lower. A deal between Iran and six Western countries […]

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Is the tide turning against ISIS? How can we figure it out?

Depending on your news sources (and I’m using the term loosely), you may have noticed a downturn in coverage of the Islamic State. Just a week ago, the group known as ISIS or ISIL seemed to be taking over the entire Middle East. Within days, the news shifted that the self-styled caliphate might be falling […]

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GOP’s letter to Iran: Treason or just stupid?

Republicans are being excoriated across the country — and rightly so — for sending a letter to “the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran” trying to sabotage in advance any deal President Obama might make with Iranians on limiting Iran’s nuclear program. I’m sure “Tehran Tom” Cotton of Arkansas and the other 46 GOP […]

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