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Obama on the Iran deal: Trust me, “it’s my name on this”

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 10:00am 5/24/2015 at 10:00am
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If you were looking for a monument to supreme egotism, you would have to go far to beat Obama’s statement in this interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg:

“Look, 20 years from now, I’m still going to be around, God willing. If Iran has a nuclear weapon, it’s my name on this,”...

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No broad nuclear inspections says Iran’s supreme leader

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 6:00pm 5/20/2015 at 6:00pm
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Leave it to the good ol’ Ayatollah to tattle on U.S. officials.

If Atatollah Khamenei’s Twitter feed is any indicator, Iran is not too keen on the idea of nuclear inspections. Early this morning, Iran’s Supreme Leader tweeted:

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Conservatives on Campus “have to be smarter, better prepared”

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 7:30am 5/17/2015 at 7:30am
Craig Silverman Show - William A. Jacobson

I appeared on Saturday, May 16, 2015, on The Craig Silverman Show on 710 KNUS in Aurora, Colorado.

The conversation covered my background, what it means to be a conservative on campus, the anti-Israel boycott movement, the Pope on a Palestinian “state,” the Pew Poll on Christians, and the fate of Christians...

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Iran oversight bill passes House 400-25

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 5:40pm 5/14/2015 at 5:40pm
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A bill ensuring Congressional oversight on any proposed nuclear deal with Iran is headed to the President’s desk.

The bill passed through the House 400-25 after a hard-fought battle in the Senate earlier this month. It imposes a 30 day buffer preventing the President from waiving any congressional sanctions against Iran...

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Israel’s Magnificent Medical Efforts to Save Syrians

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 5:40pm 5/13/2015 at 5:40pm
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A couple of remarkable news reports have been broadcast in recent days about the care given Syrians wounded in the civil war across the border. One – the more dramatic one – was at the Israeli news site Ynet (affiliated with the daily Yedioth Ahronot); the other at CNN.

The Ynet article...

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Kurdish Revolt Against Iran Brewing?

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 1:00pm 5/12/2015 at 1:00pm
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One of the things about Iran that isn’t generally understood is that its population is at least 40% ethnic minorities. There are Kurds, Ahwazi Arabs, Azeris and Baluchis for example. And of course there are religious minorities, Jews, Sunnis, Christians and Bahai, who also are persecuted.

So what happens when one of...

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Mr. Kerry goes to Sochi

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, May 11, 2015 at 4:30pm 5/11/2015 at 4:30pm
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Brace yourselves for an international incident: John Kerry is going to Russia…and he wants to talk about Ukraine.

And Iran.

And Syria.

I don’t think I’m out of line for assuming that some sort of disaster will come of this, even if he does manage to make progress with the increasingly...

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Traces of Chemical Weapons Found at Undeclared Site in Syria

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 2:30pm 5/10/2015 at 2:30pm
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Late Friday afternoon Reuters had a huge scoop. Inspectors found traces of prohibited chemical weapons at a previously undeclared site in Syria.

Samples taken by experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition and Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in December and January tested positive for chemical precursors needed to make the toxic agents, the...

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Maersk Pays “Ransom,” Iran Frees Ship

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 8, 2015 at 8:30am 5/8/2015 at 8:30am
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Iran released the Maersk Tigris, the cargo ship it seized at sea last week.

The New York Times reports:

The Maersk Line, the Danish shipping giant, confirmed in a statement that the vessel and its 24-member crew, forced to anchor near Iran’s southern port of Bandar Abbas since its seizure on April 28,...

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Senate bill gives Congress oversight over Iran nuclear deal

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 7:45pm 5/7/2015 at 7:45pm
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Today the Senate passed a bill that would give Congress the authority to review the emerging nuclear deal with Iran. The bill—and the vote—was controversial, with many Republicans arguing against final passage; those who opposed sending the bill to the House argued that it was not strong enough, and would not...

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Takes in Gullible Media

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 8:30am 5/7/2015 at 8:30am
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Last week Iran’s foreign minister and chief nuclear negotiator Mohammad Javad Zarif appeared in “a conversation” with columnist David Ignatius of The Washington Post at NYU sponsored by the New America Foundation. There were those in the media who described Zarif as “suave” and “diplomatic,” but not everyone was impressed with...

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Bibi has a government, now comes the real battle

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 8:35pm 5/6/2015 at 8:35pm
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When the Israeli elections were held in March, the result widely was seen as a huge win for Benjamin Netanyahu, because his Likud Party outperformed.

But that was Part 1. The second part has taken several weeks to play out — the formation of a governing coalition of at least 61...

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Sen. Tom Cotton challenges Iran’s Foreign Minister to a debate

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 5:45pm 4/29/2015 at 5:45pm
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Things just got real up in here.

You might remember the hubbub surrounding Sen. Tom Cotton’s so-called “47 Traitors” open letter addressed to Iranian officials. You know, the one where Cotton, et al. were proved right?

Well earlier today, Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (the same dude who thought it would be...

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Ayatollah Khamenei thinks you’re a racist monster, #BaltimoreRiots edition

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 7:36pm 4/28/2015 at 7:36pm
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We are head-first through the looking glass, people. The Ayatollah of Iran is trolling us on Twitter:

Addressing the 20th annual General Congress of Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) Commanders and Staff on Sunday, Iran’s Supreme Leader criticized American police, saying their “authority is wrong and oppressive.” Khamenei took to Twitter to rail...

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Iran seizes Marshall Island-flagged merchant ship (Updated)

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 1:15pm 4/28/2015 at 1:15pm
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Earlier this morning, Al Arabiya reported Iranians boarded a U.S. ship. That report quickly changed to, “Iran has opened fire at a U.S. cargo ship and directed it to Bandar Abbas port on the southern coast of Iran.”

The BBC, Reuters, and the Telegraph picked up the story, regurgitating Al Arabiya’s...

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Competing Narratives Add to Chaos in Yemen

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 27, 2015 at 1:05pm 4/27/2015 at 1:05pm
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Earlier this month, officials with the United Nations had a delicate situation on their hands. The situation in Yemen was spiraling, and their best laid plans were quickly being turned to rubble as Saudi coalition airstrikes smashed through key territory in an effort to protect strategic port cities from the advance...

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Israel Establishes Red Lines for Iran and Hezbollah

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 27, 2015 at 8:30am 4/27/2015 at 8:30am
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Yesterday afternoon Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon warned Iran not to arm Hezbollah.

“Iran continues to try and arm Hezbollah and it is striving to arm the Lebanese terror group with advanced weapons...

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