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Trump visit to Israel could mean land mines ahead

No doubt Donald Trump hoped the Israel leg of his first foreign trip as president was going to be a piece of cake. Instead, the whole thing might crumble more quickly than poorly baked mandelbread. During the 2016 campaign, Trump bragged that he would be Israel’s best friend. He would move the U.S. Embassy from […]

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GOP hits new low with hysteria against Syrian refugees

To score cheap political points after the terrorist attacks in Paris by the Islamic State, Republicans across the country, from governors to those in Congress to several running for president, are trying to gin up fears against refugees trying to get into America to escape oppression elsewhere. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder started the ball rolling […]

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What’s the least bad option on ISIS? Let’s ask a French Muslim 12-year-old

Note the question is not “what’s the best option” for the U.S. in response to the Paris attacks by the Islamic State that left 129 people dead. Because there are no good options. There never have been. But the worst option is overreaction, whether that involves fear, a stepped-up military response, or closing U.S. borders. […]

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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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Bush criticizing Obama foreign policy on Iran nuclear deal defines chutzpah

On Saturday night, the 44th president, Barack Obama, delivered some funny one-liners at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington. More than 2,000 miles away, the 43rd president, George W. Bush, delivered some unintentionally funny lines of his own. According to a story in The New York Times, Bush told a closed-door meeting of the […]

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The audacity of a dope: Dick Cheney

As if he hasn’t caused the United States enough damage, former Vice President Dick Cheney has crawled out of his hidey hole once again to criticize President Obama and the framework for the Iranian nuclear deal. In a radio interview with conservative host Hugh Hewitt, according to a story from The Hill, Cheney called the […]

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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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What’s bigger: ISIS threat or media scaremongering?

When Chris Hayes of MSNBC and Laura Ingraham of Fox News agree on something, you know you’ve stumbled onto something real. I  don’t mean to downplay the threat that Islamic State zealots pose in the Middle East. But we’ve gotten to the point where one YouTube video sends American media into a feeding frenzy of […]

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