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How Congress’s Inaction on IMF Reform, Trade Hinders the U.S.

blogs.wsj.com — Is Congress undermining America's international economic competitiveness? Not intentionally, of course. But lawmakers' failure to act on two important fronts-the International Monetary Fund and trade-may well be having precisely that effect. Indeed, this may be one of the areas where it's easiest to see the real-world effects of Congress' balkiness and difficulty in finding common ground even on issues with some bipartisan support.

Possible Failure of Iran Nuclear Deal Divides U.S., Israel

wsj.com — As profound as the disagreement is between Israel and the U.S. over the substance of the nuclear deal being negotiated with Iran, the two countries disagree just as fundamentally over the consequences of failing to complete such a deal.

Obama Struggles With a Messy Middle East

wsj.com — The Middle East has descended into a state of disarray unusual even for that troubled region, imperiling President Barack Obama's policy dreams and leaving him with limited ability to control events. The latest complication has erupted in Yemen, where rebel forces backed by Iran have driven out the country's president and are expanding their control southward across the country.

Ted Cruz’s Call in Sync With GOP Voters’ Fears, Priorities

blogs.wsj.com — Sen. Ted Cruz officially kicked off the 2016 presidential campaign by announcing his candidacy Monday, and along the way issued a clarion call for the U.S. to battle Islamic extremism: "Imagine a president who says we will stand up and defeat radical Islamic terrorism, and we will call it by its name," he said in his announcement speech at Liberty University.

As 2016 Race Begins, National Security Moves to Front Burner

wsj.com — A lawyer approaching trial knows it is important to develop a theory of the case-that is, a succinct statement of what his argument is all about. So it is with candidates approaching a presidential election. Their first job is to figure out what, in a nutshell, the country is most concerned about in the extended quadrennial argument that is a national campaign.

Tom Cotton, the Man Behind the Explosive Iran Letter

blogs.wsj.com — A letter signed by 47 Senate Democrats warning Iranian leaders that the next president could simply toss out any nuclear deal that Congress doesn't approve represented a loud shot across the bow of both American and Iranian nuclear negotiators.It also represented a kind of Senate coming-out party for Tom Cotton of Arkansas.

GOP Senators Thrust Themselves Into Iran Talks

wsj.com — A classic quandary facing any Congress is deciding just how deeply to get involved in the making of foreign policy. It's an area where the president usually is given wide berth, and lawmakers traditionally are wary of getting too invested on the front end of tough international decisions, because that means they own the messy consequences of a bad decision on the back end.

Reagan’s Lessons for Obama on Israel, Iran and Working With Congress

blogs.wsj.com — The president is at loggerheads with the leader of Israel over a big foreign-policy initiative. Israeli officials and their supporters begin working hard to block the president in Congress. Lawmakers from the opposition party seem prepared to heed the call and block the White House's initiative.

Getting Past the Partisan Passions of Netanyahu’s Speech

wsj.com — Tuesday's speech to Congress by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be half foreign-policy event, half partisan spectacle, which raises a question: Is this a sign that national security, once thought to be at least slightly above the political fray, is becoming just another exercise in today's polarized Washington?

Theodore Hesburgh: A Life at the Intersection of Change and Progress

blogs.wsj.com — A few years ago, the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, retired as president of the University of Notre Dame, sat in his office high atop the university's library building and, though already in his 90s, talked with remarkable clarity about one of the many issues he knew well: immigration policy.
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Mar 31, 2015

Is Congress actually trying to undermine U.S. international competitiveness? Not, but it sure can look that way. on.wsj.com/1Dkzo1H

Mar 31, 2015

Could sanctions survive if the US walked away from Iran nuclear talks? US, Israel disagree. My take: on.wsj.com/1abdOBC via @WSJ

Mar 30, 2015

Another US-Israel split: Could economic sanction survive if the US walked away from Iran talks? on.wsj.com/1abdOBC via @WSJ

Mar 30, 2015

This is the year we actually have to pay attention to the Florida Marlins, advises @seibj10 of Navy Yard Notes. navyyardnotes.blogspot.com/2015/03/nl-eas…

Mar 30, 2015

Obama administration is sounding more open to some congressional role in any Iran deal: on.wsj.com/1NvtDRI via @WSJ

Mar 27, 2015

My colleague Adam Entous on what Israel knows and thinks about the nuclear negoations with Iran. Video: on.wsj.com/1EZJi7M

Mar 27, 2015

How rules, money and a crowded field likely will merge to produce a marathon Republican race, via @poconnorWSJ: on.wsj.com/1FLhneN

Mar 27, 2015

The Mideast has reached a level of incoherence unusual even for that region. Our look at implications for Obama: on.wsj.com/1FNTa7z

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