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8 facts you need to know about Islam and terrorism

theweek.com — In the wake of the Paris terror attacks, as we debate the role of Islam in Europe, of mainstream Islam in the context of radical Islam, and of the nexus between orthodox Muslim beliefs and terrorism, I wanted to reacquaint myself with some basics. How many Muslims are there in the world?

The Ally From Hell

m.theatlantic.com — Pakistan lies. It hosted Osama bin Laden (knowingly or not). Its government is barely functional. It hates the democracy next door. It is home to both radical jihadists and a large and growing nuclear arsenal (which it fears the U.S. will seize). Its intelligence service sponsors terrorists who attack American troops.

For Republicans, might makes right is back in fashion

theweek.com — Six years into his presidency, President Obama's foreign policy doctrine can best be summed up in an aphorism: haste makes waste.

Obama's promising start to 2015 is for real

theweek.com — Barack Obama does not want to be doomed to the second-term struggles and haplessness of George W. Bush. And the stars seem to be aligning for Obama. Mars is in retrograde. The president's approval rating was in the cellar late last year, when the president himself broke the news of his long-secret negotiation with the Cuban government.

Rand Paul's path to the nomination

theweek.com — Where his Republican rivals draw attention to themselves with a tuba or a trumpet, Rand Paul puffs his Highland bagpipe. This analogy has little to do with his support for medical marijuana: Paul's sound is so different, it's compelling. As his probable presidential campaign moves forward, don't lump him in with the conventionally conservative gadflies -- former Gov.

The Secret Service just cleaned house

theweek.com — Four top Secret Service managers have been asked to leave the jobs at agency, the Secret Service confirmed Wednesday.

Mitt Romney vs. Jeb Bush vs. Chris Christie

theweek.com — If Mitt Romney really does jump into the presidential race, he'll join a field already crowded with contemporaries who are talking to the same set of voters and the same donors as he is. Each of these guys - particularly Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) and former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.)

In free countries, bad people have more freedom to be bad

theweek.com — With freedom, we often think we can have it all. Sadly, we can't. The downsides of speech - the massacre last week of French journalists, cartoonists, and police officers by terrorists over a damned cartoon - suggests as much. But so does the trouble the French police had in preventing the attack in the first place.

Why we shouldn't censor Charlie Hebdo's cartoons

theweek.com — I sympathize with the argument made by Dean Baquet, the editor of The New York Times, and others who have chosen not to publish the Charlie Hebdo cartoons cited by the French terrorists as the source of their grievance.

How to get the highest-end iPhone 6 Plus for just $120

theweek.com — Shares of Apple's stock bounced up three percent when Tim Cook unveiled the latest evolution of the iPhone on Tuesday, and then felt gravity when, later in the presentation, he introduced the Apple Watch to the world. The verdict of the market? Hard to say.
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Jan 21, 2015

@20committee re: Obama’s shallow chest-beating — it’s exactly — EXACTLY — what he says he’s against elsewhere in the speech. Interesting..

Jan 21, 2015

@adamcarstens I’m writing a book and would love to talk to folks who lived and served there for a while. I’d love to speak with him.

Jan 21, 2015

Fulda Gap! Not just the game of a board game. Any national security Tweeps serve there in the 1970s or 80s? I’m keen to talk to you

Jan 18, 2015

Best way to get Jeb's goat would be to ask, "You're so much like your brother, but you don't really talk much w him" nyti.ms/1yx3zQH

Jan 18, 2015

But Times article's point is that the two Bush bros have very similar political philosophies and positions. nyti.ms/1yx3zQH

Jan 18, 2015

Biggest q Jeb Bush might get as a Bush might be: "Why don't you get along better w/ your brother?" nyti.ms/1yx3zQH

Jan 18, 2015

After the shooting, as local police were helping to secure the scene, they arrested a man who tried to drive into a closed-off area.

Jan 18, 2015

VP's private residence is several hundred yards from the main road where the shots were fired

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