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Divisions and Inertia in Congress May Hand Obama a Victory on Iran Deal

August 18, 2015
John Harwood | The New York Times
Partisanship has become the pre-eminent scapegoat for American political failure, an all-purpose explanation for Washington’s inability to act. Yet in rare circumstances, it can actually guarantee action. So, notwithstanding an acrimonious debate, polarization makes the United States’ acceptance of the Iran nuclear deal very likely.
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G.O.P. Is Vague on Using Power Abroad

August 17, 2015
David Sanger | The New York Times
If the diverse group of candidates competing for the Republican presidential nomination agree on one thing when describing how they would engage with the world if they made it to the White House, it is this: If only the United States were stronger, and more feared, the country would not feel threatened by the Islamic State, manipulated by Iran or challenged by a rising China.

2016 Candidates Flock to Iowa and Obama Pushes Foreign Policy Agenda in Iran and Cuba

August 14, 2015
The presidential candidates are in Iowa; Hillary Clinton email scrutiny continues; Obama jockeys for Iran Deal support; U.S. Embassy opens in Cuba
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A Secretive Path to Raising U.S. Flag in Cuba

August 14, 2015
Peter Baker, Julie Hirschfeld Davis | The New York Times
Before the United States and Cuba could seal a historic diplomatic rapprochement brokered in 18 months of secret talks, they first had to hide a pregnancy.
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Obama channels John F. Kennedy to pitch Iran deal

August 5, 2015
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
The president plans to use speech at American University to argue for talking to enemies.
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Nikki Haley's Popularity Grows, Export-Import Bank Standstill and the Military Threat Posed by Russia

July 10, 2015
Nikki Haley's upturn in approval, the Ex-Im Bank hangs in limbo, and Russia's risk to U.S. national security.

Massive Government Data Breach, Confederate Flag Comes Down in S.C., Trump Unnerves GOP and Iran Nuclear Talks Continue

July 10, 2015
OPM Director resigns after 21 million records hacked and the latest debate on the Confederate flag.
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New Hillary Clinton emails show expansive role of Sidney Blumenthal

July 1, 2015
Josh Gerstein | POLITICO
The liberal writer and family confidant peppered the secretary of state with advice on everything from internal turf battles to climate change.
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U.S. and Cuba Agree to Reopen Embassies, Officials Say

July 1, 2015
Peter Baker, Julie Hirschfeld Davis | The New York Times
The United States and Cuba will announce an agreement on Wednesday to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, formally restoring diplomatic relations more than a half-century after they were ruptured, according to administration officials.
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