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• In his first State of the Union address, President Barack Obama vowed that Iran’s leaders “will face growing consequences” for flouting international nuclear agreements; on this issue, he said, “the international community is more united.” He did not mention Israel in the speech. [JPost]
• Meanwhile, at the United Nations the administration will propose a new, tougher sanctions regime this week targeting the finances of people and institutions associated with the Revolutionary Guards. Even Russia seems willing to go along. [WSJ]
• Also at the Security Council, the French and U.S. delegations surprised observers by supporting an assistant secretary-general’s vociferous denunciation of Israeli demolitions in East Jerusalem. [Haaretz]
• Florida lawyer Scott Rothstein, accused of running a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme, pleaded guilty to all charges. He faces up to 100 years in prison. [WSJ]
• Popular left-wing historian Howard Zinn—he wrote A People’s History of the United States—died at 87. [Boston Globe]





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