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Report: Iran May Run Centrifuges At Fortified Bunker In Nuclear Deal Proposal

AP | Posted 03.26.2015 | World

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bun...

Schism and Lack of Leadership in Washington Betrays the Inevitable Fall of our Great Nation

David Oualaalou | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

Could this latest stunt hint at leadership struggles within the GOP? It's an ironic possibility when you consider that the GOP takeover of both houses in January was supposed to herald an era of strong and responsible Republican leadership, not division.

Netanyahu and the Risky Business of 'Business as Usual'

Khaled Diab | Posted 03.25.2015 | World
Khaled Diab

Though "business as usual" is the path of least resistance on the Israeli-Arab and Israeli-Iranian axes, they are also risky enterprises as the old equilibriums shift.

Iran Refuses U.N. Inspections Of Nuclear Sites

AP | Posted 03.24.2015 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian official on Tuesday rebuked the chief of the U.N. atomic agency for demanding snap inspections of Iran's nuclear site...

Ted Cruz Just Disqualified Himself for President

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Ted Cruz, the junior senator from Texas the entire Democratic conference loves to hate, officially kicked off the 2016 Republican presidential primary season with his March 23 announcement on the campus of Liberty University.

Was Dad a Spy?

Cyrus M. Copeland | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Cyrus M. Copeland

Thirty-five years ago, the revolutionary government of Iran imprisoned my father and accused him of being a CIA agent. It was 1979. The revolution was in its infancy, and Islamic fundamentalism was about to foist itself on an unready world.

Iran Urges World To Find 'Common Position' For Nuclear Deal

AP | GREG KELLER | Posted 03.23.2015 | World

PARIS (AP) — Unable to find support from its U.S. allies, Israel is turning to France to help head off what it sees as a bad and dangerous nuclear d...

Shahien Nasiripour

CIA Chief Warns Of 'Tremendous' Consequences For Iran | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan said Sunday that there would be “tremendous costs” to Iran if the country develops nuclear ...

Kerry: 'Substantial Progress' In Nuclear Talks

AP | Posted 03.21.2015 | Politics

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says "substantial progress" has been made toward ensuring that Iran's nuclear progra...

The Winter of Our Discontent

Neil McCarthy | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics
Neil McCarthy

The real question for Netanyahu is this -- if Hamas and Hezbollah were eliminated and the threat of rocket attacks gone, would he cut a deal and create a Palestinian state? Or would he insist as he has in the past on other conditions under the rubric of demilitarization?

Nuke Talks Break Off

AP | Posted 03.20.2015 | World

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Iran and six world powers broke off nuclear negotiations ahead of schedule Friday to allow members of the Iranian deleg...

Bibi's First Order of Business: Swallow His Pride

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 03.20.2015 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

AFP Photo/Jack Gue "Dear friends, against all odds we have achieved a great victory for Likud, for the national camp which is headed by Likud, for o...

Officials: Draft Nuclear Deal Would Limit Iran To 6,000 Centrifuges

AP | Posted 03.19.2015 | World

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A draft nuclear accord now being negotiated between the United States and Iran would force Iran to cut hardware it coul...

How to Turn Iran From a Cause Into a Country

Carl Bildt | Posted 03.18.2015 | World
Carl Bildt

STOCKHOLM - A breakthrough might compel a phase of intense diplomacy, giving Iran a pathway to diplomatic normalization and opening the door for grand bargains that could begin to restore order and stability to the rest of the region. A breakdown, by contrast, though unlikely to lead immediately to war, could easily foment developments that lead in that direction, and the region as a whole could be pulled even deeper into the current vortex of chaos and violence.

Time for a History Lesson for Our 47 Iran-Letter Senators

John A. Tures | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

The Founding Fathers wrote an important role for Congress in foreign policymaking. I just wish some of them would read what their job responsibilities are, and, you know, be constitutional.

U.S., Iran Race To Reach Nuclear Agreement

AP | By GEORGE JAHN and BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 03.18.2015 | World

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — With less than a week to the deadline for an Iran nuclear deal, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry worked with top Iran...

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Democrats and Republicans Agree On Iran Nuclear Negotiations | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics

A majority of Democrats and Republicans support nuclear negotiations with Iran. Trust drops for Clinton. And Americans are split over concern of gover...

Why Iran Won't Capitulate

Reza Marashi | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Reza Marashi

Part of the reason why opponents to a nuclear deal with Iran are so bewildered by President Barack Obama's diplomacy is because their belief that Iran can be forced to capitulate. They adhere to a George W. Bush administration-era argument: If the U.S. only were to ramp up pressure, it can dictate the terms of the deal instead of having to agree to a compromise. Nothing could be further from the truth. This argument is as reckless as it is disproven. In fact, the reason the Obama administration abandoned this path was because it realized that insisting on Iranian capitulation was more likely to lead to war than to victory.

The Logan Act, Redux: Why the Distraction Matters

Monica Bauer | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Monica Bauer

When the 47 Republican senators made fools out of themselves, I suggest that the better strategy was to let the world see just how foolish their behavior was, because they stood against something important for the national security of the United States, and the peace of the world.

Republicans' Letter to Iran Violates at Least the Spirit of the Constitution

Ivan Eland | Posted 03.20.2015 | World
Ivan Eland

Because the Senate does have the chance to vote down a treaty after the pact is signed, the nation's founders certainly did not intend for Senators to try to sabotage ongoing negotiations.

Iran and America at Heaven's Gate?

Michael Brenner | Posted 03.17.2015 | World
Michael Brenner

Let's get real, as the kids say. If Israel fails to get Washington to go to war with Iran, it will have lost a very big bet. More fantasizing will not get it out of that hole. Some Israelis of high rank recognize that; too many of their American sympathizers do not.

Political Slugfest on Suggestion the White House May Take an Iran Deal to the UN

Joseph Braude | Posted 03.16.2015 | World
Joseph Braude

Reports emerged in the American media Thursday that President Obama may propose a resolution to the UN Security Council calling for the lifting of international sanctions on Iran, if an agreement is reached by the "P5+1" negotiating team over the country's nuclear program.

Jessica Schulberg

Mitt Romney Thinks Iran Is Like North Korea. Former Nuclear Negotiators Disagree. | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Joining the chorus of Republicans predicting doom-filled outcomes from negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, Mitt Romney penned a ...

Paul Blumenthal

Tom Cotton: 'No Regrets At All' Over Letter To Iran | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said on CBS’ "Face the Nation" on Sunday that he had “no regrets at all” over the letter he orchestrated ...

Paul Blumenthal

Mitch McConnell: 'Very Bad Deal' With Iran Prompted Letter To Ayatollahs | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called the as-yet-undetermined deal currently being negotiated between the United States,...