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Democrats: Don't Side With Republicans on Iran | Commentary

President Barack Obama may be on the verge of striking a historic deal to limit Irans nuclear program that is unless Democrats scuttle it. Yes, you read that right. Some Democrats, determined to repeat the deadly errors of the Bush years, are considering siding with right-wing Republicans to undermine Obamas diplomacy that could potentially lead our nation into another war in the Middle East.

U.S.-Japanese Friendship: 70 Remarkable Years | Commentary

In a sorrowful but resolute demonstration of solidarity, Japan has joined the United States in mourning countrymen murdered by the barbaric Islamic State terror group. Standing up for the cause of civilization around the globe, Japan offered humanitarian relief for stranded Syrian refugees, and the caliphate answered by killing two innocent Japanese hostages.

We Must Close the Military Sex-Offender Loophole | Commentary

Most Americans would find it chilling if a convicted sex offender were dropped into their neighborhood without warning, free to pick new victims at will. But apparently according to a recent report thats exactly what the United States military has allowed to happen in our communities.

Growing Bipartisanship in Support of a Slower Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Afghanistan

Its starting to look like the United States will keep military forces in Afghanistan longer than planned. A growing number of key Senate Democrats have quietly joined Republicans and Pentagon leaders in advocating a slower withdrawal and a longer stay for U.S. troops because of concern about the security situation.

Obama's AUMF Is After the Fact, Beside the Point

President Barack Obama sent Congress today a legislative proposal that purports to approve war against the Islamic State while limiting the U.S. role in the conflict. It does neither.

The President Should Thank Congress for Sanctions Bill | Commentary

President Barack Obamas argument against the Iran sanctions bill is that it will collapse negotiations, making war increasingly likely as the only available option to stop a nuclear-armed Iran. On the contrary, the bill should be endorsed as the best chance to avoid war.

Nuclear Visions and Nuclear Budgets | Commentary

President Barack Obamas fiscal 2016 budget request continues the political gamesmanship that has plagued the U.S. government for five years. Exceeding legislated budget caps on both defense and non-defense discretionary spending by $75 billion, the president is show- boating for his core domestic constituencies while trying to undermine Republican claims he is weak on defense. The primary victims of these political games, of course, are the citizens of this country, who once again will be deprived of a government that can plan rationally for the nations well-being.

Our New Relationship With Cuba | Commentary

The United States and Cuba are moving rapidly toward re-establishing diplomatic ties, which raises an interesting question: What does warming relations between these two nations mean for a warming climate?

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Senate Democrats' Unity Strategy Will Face Tough Tests

The opening gambit by Senate Democrats on a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security gives a strong signal about how the party intends to handle its position as the minority on the Senate floor.

U.S. Commission of International Religious Freedom: Muslims and Hare Krishnas are Out in Majority-Muslim Azerbaijan | Commentary

As the national debt continues to spiral, now at more than $17 trillion, Congress should be commended for investigating wastes of tax payer money such as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Voice of America both media organizations shown to have clearly gone off the rails, either working against U.S. allies or directly supporting our nations enemies. Perhaps the next target for Congress cross hairs should be the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

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Heritage to Offer Conservative Budget Blueprint

More than 100 cost-savings proposals, due out from the Heritage Foundation on Thursday, could provide ammunition for conservative lawmakers in coming debates over restructuring entitlement programs, addressing the post-sequester discretionary spending caps, reauthorizing the Highway Trust Fund and raising the debt limit.

State Enforces Cold War Nuclear Arms Pact

The U.S. State Departments top official for arms control said diplomatic efforts to persuade Russia to return to compliance with a Cold War-era nuclear arms control pact remain very much in effect, putting off for now implementation of the military and economic countermeasures she had warned in December were being readied.

Russia Ends U.S. Nuclear Security Treaty, Blames Politics

After decades of collaboration, Washington, D.C., and Moscow in December ended their joint efforts to improve the security of Russias nuclear stockpile. Though nuclear security projects between the former Cold War antagonists have been winding down for some time, the events of the past year in Ukraine are seen to have brought to an abrupt close the much-heralded Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program.

Democrats Rebuff DHS Bill Over Immigration Provisions

Democrats banded together Tuesday to block the Senate from considering a Homeland Security spending bill, leaving GOP leaders scrambling to find another path forward to challenge the president over immigration.

Will Biofuels Be Foreign Investment Golden Egg or Cooked Goose?

While its only been a month, few Washington observers expect an exceptionally cooperative relationship between the new Congress and the White House. No shock there. What is surprising, however, is the fact that President Barack Obama is still failing to capitalize on one particular opportunity to advance his economic policy agenda one that doesnt require the approval of Congress. In fact, hes actually getting in his own way.

Congress Needs To Free U.S. Energy Resources | Commentary

For Americans, the steep increase in U.S. supply of oil and gas has brought with it a bounty of benefits. The energy sector has increased employment in states that otherwise saw economic decline, and the growth in direct jobs has indirectly benefited communities throughout the country. At the same time, the taxes paid by the energy industry have helped bolster our national economy.

Boehner Plans to Authorize House Suit Against Obama Over Immigration

House Republican leaders are finalizing a plan that would authorize the chamber to take legal actions against President Barack Obama over his executive actions on immigration.

Supporting the Democratic Opposition in Iran Is Essential | Commentary

In Paris recently, the comfort of everyday routine was shattered as terrorists slaughtered 12 innocent French people under the banner of Islamic extremism. Armed only with pens, pencils and ideas, the victims were considered combatants whose criminal actions merited a death sentence. This attack on Charlie Hebdo wasnt just an attack on cartoonists and the police, it was an assault on democratic values, freedom and human decency.

Settling $1.8 Billion in Claims with Cuba Likely Needs Congressional Approval | Commentary

Last week, news broke that Cuba had released more than 50 political prisoners a few days before it was set to hold historic talks with the United States that are designed to help end more than a half century of hostility. While that move is another tangible step toward the full normalization of relations, it also highlights a bigger question: How much can President Barack Obama do without congressional approval?

Paris Attacks Show the War on Terror Isn't Working | Commentary

The recent attacks that took place in Paris were tragedies that deserve a thoughtful, reasoned response. Instead, many have used this opportunity to advocate for enhanced militarization and ramped-up reactionary tactics, from House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. Certainly it is tempting to react with fear when such horrific events happen. But the real lesson to be learned from the Paris attacks is that endless, global war is not the solution to violent extremism. Heres why.

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