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Mel Brooks Faux-Pantses Obama After Receiving Lifetime Achievement Award

Philip Glass, Terry Gross, Morgan Freeman, and many others were fêted at the White House on Thursday at the 2015 National Medal of Arts ceremony

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Obama’s Syria Policy Striptease

Why hasn’t the administration done anything about Syria, and won’t? Because the Iran Deal.

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Saint Nick’s Math Problem

New York Times foreign affairs columnist Nicholas D. Kristof doesn’t understand how foreign aid works

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The Never-Ending Debate Over the Iran Deal (Back-to-School Edition)

Latest developments in the deployment of Barack Obama’s signature foreign policy achievement: Are we safer?

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Obama’s Syria Policy Isn’t a ‘Mistake.’ It’s Deliberate.

How the Iran deal explains the administration’s inaction in Syria

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Sarah Jessica Parker Is ‘Not a Feminist’

The ‘Sex and the City’ star is apparently all mixed up when it comes feminism

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How President Obama Stole the Republican Party’s Greatest Hits and Retook the American Center

During Wednesday’s DNC, the Democrats systematically appropriated traditional GOP strengths, from religion to national security, that Donald Trump had jettisoned

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What We Can Learn About a Hillary Clinton Presidency From the Experience of Women Rabbis

For one, not to underestimate the impact of her just getting there

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The Revolt of the Banana Republicans

The travesty that unfolded in Cleveland

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The End of AIPAC’s Israel Monopoly

What happened to the most powerful lobby in recent U.S. foreign-policy history?

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Why Bibi’s Visits to Moscow Mean Bad News for Israel

The geopolitics that links Vladimir Putin, Barack Obama, Bashar al-Assad, Hezbollah, and the Jewish State

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Dems’ Fight Over Israel on Party Platform Appears To Be Over

A draft text of the Democratic party’s platform on Israel sets forth a ‘parallel acknowledgement of Israeli and Palestinian rights.’ But it doesn’t go as far as some would have liked.

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The New American Isolationism Will Outlive Barack Obama

With Trump, Clinton, Sanders, or Cruz, the United States is likely to consolidate a risky retreat from the global stage

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Why Bashar al-Assad, the ‘Teflon Don’ of the Middle East, Can’t Be Touched

Barack Obama’s Syrian endgame and the new alliances that are shaping it

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The Soft Bigotry of Trump’s Explainers

As leader of the free world, the GOP candidate would be no better for his disaffected fans than Hamas has been for its so-called constituents—so, why do we fetishize the ‘white working-class voter’ and his opinions?

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Loathe Thy Brother

Are Donald Trump and Barack Obama two examples of the same American affliction?

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Obama’s Drone Wars Get Their Hollywood Close-Up in ‘Eye in the Sky’

Helen Mirren stars in the ‘flawed but riveting’ portrayal of the wrenching dilemmas of the military’s new intimate killing

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The Pax Americana Is Dead. Welcome to the Age of the Godfathers.

The post-American Middle East being born in Syria is an irretrievably changed land of sectarianism and new foreign hegemony

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Ending the Mindset Is Hard

President Barack Obama has done more to pivot the United States away from the hawkish foreign policy entrenched in Washington than even his supporters give him credit for

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Donald Trump Is Turning Me Liberal

The real reason Jewish conservatives hate Trump. Hint: It has nothing to do with Iraq.

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The Far Left and the Far Right Take Us on a Joyride Back to the Future

What was once the oppositional language of fringe parties in Europe has combined into a toxic new politics that is making its way to the center of Western democratic discourse. That should frighten us.

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Like Advil for Cancer

Jewish and Arab Israelis are working together to aid Syria’s refugees. Does it matter?

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What the United States Is Really Doing in Syria

Tag-teaming with Russia and dumping regional allies and NATO, the White House tells the rest of the world to go take a hike

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The Ambassador From Hell?

Samantha Power wrote the book on how the U.S. government ignores and legitimates genocides. Or was it a handbook?

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The ‘Washington Post’ Pulls Out of Iran, While the ‘New York Times’ Cashes In

Just as reporter Jason Rezaian was freed from two years in captivity, the paper of record was selling luxury tours to Tehran. Why?

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America Makes a U-Turn in the Middle East

Obama’s long game is a complete restructuring of the balance of power in the region—but with what results?

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Hey, Obama, Israel Wants the Iran Treatment, Too!

Instead of labeling goods made in the West Bank, how about a few billions in the bank?

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What Justin Trudeau Did—and Did Not—Include in His Holocaust Remembrance Statement

By omitting Jews from the story of the Holocaust, the Canadian prime minister fell for the false choice between depicting the tragedy as either a universal warning against prejudice or a particular one against anti-Semitism

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Obama’s Make-Believe Peace With Iran Ushers in a Wild 2016 in the Middle East

Why the president’s foreign policy of leaving U.S. allies out in the cold will make it very hard for the next president to maintain American influence

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