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Opposition to New START Pits Republicans Against Traditional Allies

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Perhaps bewitched by Tea Party-style incoherence, Republicans guided by Jon Kyl have placed themselves in the unlikely position of bucking the national defense establishment, to which traditionally they've been joined at the hip.

Will Senate Republicans Produce Another International Disaster?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lawrence Wittner

An important explanation for GOP opposition to the New START is that its implementation would be popular and, therefore, redound to Obama's political benefit.

Obama's Busy Week Ahead

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Everyone in Washington has a few busy weeks ahead, until the 111th Congress wraps up business and heads off into the sunset, but President Obama will be at the center of this whirlwind.

The GOP Strategy to Defeat Obama

Richard Klass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Klass

President Obama cannot afford to have the GOP strategy succeed in the "lame duck: session. He must use every one of his considerable presidential powers and communication skills to expose and thwart it.

Friday Talking Points [147] -- Democrats Fighting The Good Fight

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Well, I don't know about anyone else, but I thought that was a pretty good week for Democrats. Maybe it's just the subject matter I've been tackling t...

Senator Kyl's Stalling on New START Is Fraying Washington's Nerves

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

In their rush to make President Obama look weak, Senate Republicans may, many believe, be weakening national defense.

Republican Go-to Guy on Nukes Keeps Obama Administration Twisting in the Wind on New START

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Remember: how ever pro-nuclear those opposed to New START may appear to be, they're voting against a measure that Secretary Gates and the Pentagon support.

When Is the Far Right Going to Start Listening to the Military?

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

The New START treaty has the unanimous support of America's military leaders. But you wouldn't know it from the wails of the far-right, ignore-the-military pack led by Sarah Palin.

Taming the Lame Duck

Richard Klass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Klass

Three issues will frame the lame duck session of Congress and determine the second half of President Obama's first term. Handled well and the first two years will also look brighter. Handled poorly, and they will look worse.

'Daisy' Ad Revisited To Urge Senate To Pass New START

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A new take on Lyndon Johnson's controversial "Daisy" ad has been produced, in an effort to urge the incoming Senate to ratify a bilateral nuclear arms...

Partisan Obstructionism Threatens National Security

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Every day without New START in force is another day we don't know for sure what is going on with Russia's nuclear weapons. That is not good for America.

New START vs. the Tea Party: What's the Greatest Threat?

Don Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Don Kraus

What's more dangerous: the thousands of nukes that will still target U.S. and Russian cities if the New START treaty is not ratified OR the opportunistic, Tea Party pandering politicians who would derail this commonsense agreement?

Obama Poll Watch -- April, 2010

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama seems to have hit a plateau in his approval ratings, which have remained largely unchanged for the past three months. Could it be that we've all just made up our minds about the job the president is doing?

New START and the Obama Nuclear Agenda

Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.) | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.)

New START is just that: a start. Despite the end of the U.S.-Soviet competition, the remaining 23,000 nuclear bombs across the globe present a clear and present danger to U.S. security.

Missile Defense and Arms Reduction

William Hartung | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Hartung

Conservative pundits' efforts to make missile defense an issue in the upcoming ratification debate over New START misrepresent the reality of the nuclear treaty.

Can Harry Reid Deliver?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Given that Harry Reid's Senate is not exactly known for moving with blinding speed, one has to wonder whether Harry Reid can deliver on some of these big issues before the midterm elections or not.

The Zero Nukes Conundrum

Nathan Gardels | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathan Gardels

Can knowledge be lost on purpose? That, in a nutshell, is the conundrum with complete nuclear disarmament: can Einstein's genie ever be put back in the bottle?

A Is for Amy & Adonis: Double Post, Chapters E & F

Steven Crandell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Steven Crandell

A is for Amy & Adonis is a comic story of romantic redemption. The aim is to provide a fun and fast read with characters you can connect to emotionally.