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June 21, 2013

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President Obama in Europe for a G8 summit and his first Berlin trip since 2008, the U.S. attempts peace talks with Afghanistan and the Taliban, progress on immigration reform and failure of the farm bill in Congress, and the NSA disclosed that they foiled more than 50 terrorist attacks. Joining Gwen:  Peter Baker, New York Times; Indira Lakshmanan, Bloomberg News; Ed O’Keefe, Washington Post; Tom Gjelten, NPR.

Syria moves its chemical weapons, and U.S. and allies cautiously take note

Essential Reads

The Syrian military’s movement of chemical weapons in recent days has prompted the United States and several allies to repeat their warning to President Bashar al-Assad that he would be “held accountable” if his forces used the weapons against the rebels fighting his government.

Israel's Brinkmanship, America's Peril

On The Radar

Last week, Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, confirmed a no-longer-surprising fact: the Pentagon has sent the White House a menu of options for going to war with Iran. But that doesn't mean the military thinks bombing Iran would be a good idea. "It's not prudent at this point to decide to attack Iran," Schwartz's boss, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on CNN last month, adding that his advice applied to Israel as well as the United States.

Paul's Foreign Policy Views Not So 'Dangerous'

On The Radar

Ron Paul’s opponents in the race for the Republican presidential nomination don’t mince words about his foreign policy views. Mitt Romney says Paul would endanger Israel and that he “thinks it’s OK for Iran to have a nuclear weapon.” Newt Gingrich describes Paul as “stunningly dangerous” and bluntly says he wouldn’t vote for the Texas congressman.
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U.N. Finds Signs of Work by Iran Toward Nuclear Device

On The Radar

United Nations weapons inspectors released a trove of new evidence on Tuesday that they say makes a “credible” case that “Iran  has carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear device” and that the project may still be under way.

America’s Deadly Dynamics With Iran

On The Radar

Commuting to work in Tehran is never easy, but it is particularly nerve-racking these days for the scientists of Shahid Beheshti University. It was a little less than a year ago when one of them, Majid Shahriari, and his wife were stuck in traffic at 7:40 a.m. and a motorcycle pulled up alongside the car. There was a faint “click” as a magnet attached to the driver’s side door. The huge explosion came a few seconds later, killing him and injuring his wife.