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State of the Union Preview, Next Democratic Debate, and Building a Left-Wing Tea Party

January 8, 2016
Obama final State of the Union, O'Malley fights to get on the stage and the complicated Iran-Saudi Arabia relationship
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Obama's royal pain

January 6, 2016
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
The U.S.-Saudi partnership may be bending toward a breaking point.
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U.S. in a Bind as Saudi Actions Test a Durable Alliance

January 5, 2016
David Sanger | The New York Times
The Obama administration on Monday confronted the fundamental contradiction in its increasingly tense relationship with Saudi Arabia.
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At Republican Debate, Straying Into Mideast, and Getting Lost

December 17, 2015
David Sanger | The New York Times
In a surprisingly substantive debate on foreign policy Tuesday night, Republican presidential candidates had a chance to present their alternative to what was portrayed as President Obama’s failed approach to the upheaval in the Middle East. But in their effort to demonstrate their skills at analysis and leadership, the politics and history of the region often eluded them.
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Hillary Clinton outlines plan to fight ISIS

November 19, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton​ spoke Thursday about her 3-point plan to fight ISIS in the wake of the terrorist attack in Paris that left over 120 people dead. Obama's former secretary of State called on Congress to authorize new military action to fight ISIS. "Every society faces a choice between fear and resolve," Clinton said. We must choose resolve."
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Obama and Netanyahu: A Story of Slights and Crossed Signals

November 9, 2015
Peter Baker, Jodi Rudoren | The New York Times
For President Obama, it was a day of celebration. He had just signed the most important domestic measure of his presidency, his health care program. So when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel arrived at the White House for a hastily arranged visit, it was likely not the main thing on his mind.
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Hillary promises reset with Israel

September 10, 2015
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
Hillary Clinton's speech on Wednesday shook a clenched fist at Iran. But it was also a warm embrace of another country: Israel.
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U.S. Defense Secretary Visits Israel to Soothe Ally After Iran Nuclear Deal

July 21, 2015
| The New York Times
The Obama administration opened its Middle East reassurance tour on Monday with the secretary of defense, Ashton B. Carter, promising Israeli officials that the United States would remain vigilant in trying to combat what he called “Iran’s malign influence” in the region despite the nuclear deal struck last week between Tehran and six world powers.
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100 Beheadings, 6 Months

June 18, 2015
Nancy Youssef | The Daily Beast
Why the Saudi Kingdom Is on an Execution Spree
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