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Time to Accept Change in Relations

Posted July 3rd, 2015 at 8:38 am (UTC-4)
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Cuban Americans everywhere, but especially the diaspora in South Florida, have been awakening to the reality that Cuba’s isolation was and is not a sustainable strategy.

US-Cuba Rapprochement Advances with Reopening of US Embassy in Havana

Posted July 2nd, 2015 at 1:25 pm (UTC-4)
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More than 50 years after the United States government left Cuba, later this summer Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Havana to reopen the American embassy. The announcement is not entirely a surprise given that normalization of ties had already begun last year.

But while there is widespread agreement that it’s time to let go of Soviet-era policies, activists worry that an uptick in human rights abuses by the Cuban government does not bold well for democracy.

Why America Needs the Export-Import Bank

Posted July 1st, 2015 at 1:21 pm (UTC-4)
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In an opinion article published in the The Boston Globe, President Barack Obama argued his case for congressional action to authorize the US Export-Import Bank, whose mandate has now expired. In it, the president chides the Congress for not acting to keep the project afloat, saying: “Today, small business owners say that they’re more optimistic than they’ve been in years. They’re ready to keep growing and hiring. Washington should not stand in their way.”

China Crosses Obama’s Cyber ‘Red Line’

Posted July 1st, 2015 at 10:11 am (UTC-4)
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Remember how President Obama failed to enforce his “red line” in Syria? Well, it’s happening again — this time in cyberspace.

Hold Iran Nuclear Negotiators to Their Word

Posted July 1st, 2015 at 9:35 am (UTC-4)
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Two years ago, the Obama administration set out to achieve a deal that would dismantle key elements of Iran’s nuclear program, freeze uranium enrichment for at least a decade, and beef up international inspections to ensure that Iran is not building a nuclear weapon. That was a deal worth pursuing — and it still is.

Can the U.S. Get a Good Iran Deal?

Posted July 1st, 2015 at 8:25 am (UTC-4)
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The deal is coming, veritably doomed to succeed. And that’s because at day’s end, the real threat Iran poses may flow now more from the country’s behavior in the region than from a nuclear weapon it may or may not ever choose to develop.

America Is Not Racist

Posted June 30th, 2015 at 10:00 am (UTC-4)
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In wake of the Charleston massacre in South Carolina, many on the left want us to believe America is a racist nation dominated by white supremacy and hatred for blacks. They’re wrong.

Deconstructing Syria: A New Strategy for America’s Most Hopeless War

Posted June 30th, 2015 at 9:36 am (UTC-4)
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While the Obama administration’s strategy for Iraq requires substantial upgrading in light of recent Islamic State (or ISIL) successes in and around Ramadi in particular, the plan for Syria is in much worse shape.

Obama Shifts Policy on US Hostages

Posted June 24th, 2015 at 2:04 pm (UTC-4)
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The gruesome beheadings of Americans in captivity by IS militants last year prompted sharp and very public criticism by their families over the long-standing strict US stance of no concessions to hostage-takers. Today, the White House announced new guidelines, which will allow families to negotiate and privately pay ransom to win their loved one’s freedom without the threat of prosecution.

Obamacare Exchanges Imploding State By State

Posted June 23rd, 2015 at 2:17 pm (UTC-4)
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In the last couple of weeks, President Obama’s talking points have taken a turn for the weird.

Why Obama Is Wrong About Iran Being ‘Rational’ on Nukes

Posted June 19th, 2015 at 9:41 am (UTC-4)
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The question of whether Iran, run by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and his ayatollahs, is a rational state goes to the very heart of the debate over its nuclear program and the negotiations, now nearing a June 30 deadline, to curb it.

Democrats Being Democrats

Posted June 15th, 2015 at 4:27 pm (UTC-4)
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On Friday, House Democrats shocked almost everyone by rejecting key provisions needed to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an agreement the White House wants but much of the party doesn’t.  

Obamanomics, Sidetracked

Posted June 15th, 2015 at 9:08 am (UTC-4)
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….Before repudiating Obama’s entire program, it’s worth recalling this: Obamanomics has not failed. It just has not been tried.

The Iran-ISIS Connection

Posted June 12th, 2015 at 5:58 pm (UTC-4)
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The president decided that a deal with Iran is the be-all and end-all of his second term in office. And to reach that deal, he would have to make nice with the clerical regime in Tehran, subordinating all other regional issues that might get in the way.

Yes, the U.S. Military Uses Social Media to Target ISIS

Posted June 12th, 2015 at 4:29 pm (UTC-4)
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Last week Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle regaled an audience about how the U.S. military used the social media accounts of ISIS members to pinpoint and destroy an ISIS facility. Good work, Air Force. Well-done. Now please shut up.