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Why Are So Many Republicans With No Chance Running for President?

Posted May 22nd, 2015 at 11:06 am (UTC-5)
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No one will blame you if you can’t keep track of the Republican presidential field. It’s huge … you have 18 people from across the Republican ideological spectrum.

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Other People’s Armies

Posted May 21st, 2015 at 12:23 pm (UTC-5)
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Wary of the high costs of war (as illustrated by the unhappy interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan he was elected to end), a central principle of Obama’s plan in this regard has been something that could be characterized as “Other People’s Armies”…

Kerry’s Pointless Diplomacy in Russia

Posted May 14th, 2015 at 8:59 am (UTC-5)
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From the moment John Kerry’s trip to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s summer residence in Sochi on the Black Sea was announced, it was hard to see what the U.S. secretary of state hoped to achieve.

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Saudi Arabia to Washington: A Royal Snub

Posted May 13th, 2015 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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King Salman’s decision not to come to Washington this week for the Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) summit is a very deliberate signal of his lack of confidence in American policy in the Middle East.

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Twitter Chat with Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel

Posted May 5th, 2015 at 4:59 am (UTC-5)
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Follow a live Twitter chat with Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel about his recent trip to Asia. The event begins at 11 a.m. UTC. #YSEALIChat Tweets

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The Problem With Thugs

Posted April 30th, 2015 at 9:27 pm (UTC-5)
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At first, the word “thug” was so consistently used by city, state and even national leaders to describe the Baltimore rioters — many of them teen-agers — that it seemed a deliberate, coordinated effort to send a message.

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Baltimore: Dear White Facebook Friends….

Posted April 30th, 2015 at 11:47 am (UTC-5)
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I need you to respect what Black America is feeling right now. To those rushing to judgment about what’s happening in Baltimore: Please stop and listen before you say any more.  

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Amost Unnoticed, Solar Energy Is Making Strides in Midwest

Posted April 15th, 2015 at 9:52 am (UTC-5)
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With more than 8,000 companies operating nationwide, solar energy has become one of the fastest-growing industries in America — thanks, in large part, to remarkable growth on both the West and East coasts.

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Echoes of Clinton in Obama’s Awful Iran Deal

Posted April 7th, 2015 at 11:51 am (UTC-5)
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In announcing his nuclear framework, the president declared : “This agreement is good for the United States, good for our allies, and good for the safety of the entire world.”

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Laurence Steinberg/The Boston Globe

Posted March 31st, 2015 at 11:58 am (UTC-5)
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As the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the accused Boston Marathon bomber, moves into its defense phase, his attorneys likely will lean heavily on the science of adolescent development to argue that their client should be spared the death penalty.