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Netanyahu to Obama: ‘Israel reserves the right to defend itself’ | RT

Israel will decide for itself whether to strike Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Barack Obama. The US President is stressing the need to find a diplomatic resolution to the issue of Iran’s nuclear program. ­The two leaders met Monday in the White House ahead of Netanyahu’s speech later today before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Israel ...

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Silent State: The Campaign Against Whistleblowers in Washington by Tom Engelhardt | Antiwar.com

On January 23rd, the Obama administration charged former CIA officer John Kiriakou under the Espionage Act for disclosing classified information to journalists about the waterboarding of al-Qaeda suspects. His is just the latest prosecution in an unprecedented assault on government whistleblowers and leakers of every sort. Kiriakou’s plight will clearly be but one more battle in a broader war to ...

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Obama Won’t Touch Climate With a 10-Foot Pole | Mother Jones

In his State of the Union address on January 24, President Obama largely avoided the topic of climate change. He talked about it once, in passing, as a topic on which “the differences in this chamber may be too deep” to enact new legislation. Its less-controversial cousin, “energy,” on the other hand, got a whopping 23 mentions as an area ...

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Don’t Mention the War: Georgian President Visits White House for NATO Push | Antiwar.com

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili held high-profile White House meetings today with President Obama, who promised to help expand trade between the two nations and support the Georgian military’s reconstruction. The visit was aimed at bolstering Georgia’s ambitions to join NATO, which are supported loudly by the US but appear overwhelmingly opposed across the rest of the alliance. The elephant in ...

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The Myth of Military Budget Cuts by Charles V. Peña | Antiwar.com

Last week, President Obama unveiled what is being touted as a new defense strategy intended to drive reductions in the defense budget (the first time a president held a press conference at the Pentagon). According to the president: As I made clear in Australia, we will be strengthening our presence in the Asia Pacific, and budget reductions will not come ...

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Iraq: retreat from Baghdad | Editorial, The Guardian

Anyone who wants to know what a US withdrawal from Afghanistan looks like would do well to study the carefully choreographed events earlier in the week in Washington and in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, yesterday. The war was over, Barack Obama repeatedly declared. The last Americans troops would leave behind “a solid, stable, representative” Iraq. The greatest fighting force in ...

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Romney: Obama has hindered peace in the Middle East ‘immeasurably’ | guardian.co.uk

Mitt Romney, a leading Republican presidential contender, has called for regime change in Iran and said that the US should make clear to Tehran that it is “developing military options”. Romney made the call during a scathing attack on Barack Obama at a Republican Jewish Coalition forum of presidential candidates in which he accused the president of weak support for ...

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Behind Closed Doors at the White House: How Politics Trumps Protection of Public Health, Worker Safety, and the Environment | ProgressiveReform.org

This OIRA_Meetings_1111 is a collaborative effort of the following individuals: Rena Steinzor is a Professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and the President of the Center for Progressive Reform.  Michael Patoka is a law student at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and an intern at the Center for Progressive ...

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Report highlights Obama’s broken environmental promises | guardian.co.uk

Barack Obama has been just as zealous as George Bush in stripping away environmental, health and safety protection at the behest of industry, it turns out. Some environmental organisations were beginning to suspect this, after Obama over-ruled his scientific advisors and blocked stronger ozone standards. Now, a new report [pdf] from the Centre for Progressive Reform has dug up some ...

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