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  • Is it time to drain the Strategic Petroleum Reserve?

    Bloomberg reported Monday that U.S. crude oil production hit 11 million barrels a day during the first quarter of this year, beating both Saudi Arabia and Russia.

  • Obama urges restraint for Israel, Palestinians

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama called for Israelis and Palestinians alike to restrain themselves and put an end to acts of retribution, in some of his first public comments on the matter since the murder of three Israeli teenagers touched off a new round of violence and deepening...

  • Israeli army launches offensive on Gaza Strip

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli army said it launched an offensive operation early Tuesday against the Gaza Strip to quell rocket attacks, and a Palestinian official said Israeli airstrikes injured at least nine Palestinians. The Israeli airstrikes come after Gaza militants fired dozens of...

  • Diplomats: Iran nuke talks make little progress

    VIENNA (AP) — Talks over Iran's nuclear program are making little headway, with Tehran resisting U.S.-led efforts to crimp activities that could be turned toward making weapons, diplomats said Monday. As negotiations move closer to a July 20 target date for a deal, both sides are trying to...

  • Bahrain orders US diplomat to leave

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahrain ordered a top U.S. diplomat to leave the country on Monday after he met with a leading Shiite opposition group. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski is not welcome in...

  • Iraqi parliament squabbles over when to next meet

    BAGHDAD (AP) — With political leaders deadlocked, Iraq's parliament squabbled Monday over when to hold its next session, potentially delaying the formation of a new government for weeks despite the threat from extremists who have seized control of a large chunk of the country and declared the...

  • US starts destruction of Syria chemical weapons

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons on board the U.S. cargo vessel MV Cape Ray began Monday. Army Col. Steve Warren says it will take about 60 days, depending on the weather and sea conditions, to destroy the approximately 600 metric tons of material...

  • Syrian army tries to choke off rebels in Aleppo

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops advanced in and around the northern city of Aleppo on Monday, in what appears to be an attempt to lay siege to opposition-held parts of the country's largest city, activists said. The troops faced rebels stretched thin by a two-front fight against government forces...

  • Do Washington Post reporters or editors think Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a liar?

    Sometimes writers betray bias by the choice of conjunction.

  • U.S. taxpayers shouldn't be forced to fund Palestinian terrorism

    On June 2, the Palestinians announced a new unity government, which included Hamas, an organization designated by the State Department as a terrorist group.

  • Iraq's al-Maliki signals his intent to stay in job

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Despite mounting pressure to step aside, Iraq's Nouri al-Maliki vowed Friday not to abandon his bid for another term as prime minister and pledged to stay on until the Sunni militants who have overrun much of the country are defeated. The sharp words are certain to prolong the...

  • Israel rushes forces to southern border with Gaza

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military rushed additional forces to its southern border with the Gaza Strip on Thursday, vowing to halt a growing wave of rocket fire from the Palestinian territory, while new clashes erupted in east Jerusalem in response to the death of an Arab boy who...

  • Iraq's oil potential goes untapped

    Anxiety over the turmoil in Iraq disrupting oil output is easing as Iraqi forces push back against the Sunni extremist insurgency, but long-term fears remain that the instability could cause painful aftershocks -- especially if it scares off multinational oil companies that had begun investing in...

  • UN warns of serious threat in Syria refugee crisis

    GENEVA (AP) — The spiraling refugee crisis from Syria's civil war could pose a serious threat to Lebanon's security and destabilize the entire region unless donors quickly provide the unfunded 70 percent of the $3.74 billion needed for emergency needs, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees...

  • US ship sails off to destroy Syrian weapons at sea

    GIOIA TAURO, Italy (AP) — A United States cargo vessel loaded with hundreds of tons of Syria's chemical weapons left an Italian port Wednesday to destroy the arms at sea as part of the international effort to rid Syria of its chemical weapon stockpile. The MV Cape Ray steamed out of the...



From the Weekly Standard

  • The Truth About Iraq

    As the jihadists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) capture territory and establish a caliphate stretching across the now-eradicated Syria-Iraq border, hard-won gains secured with...

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  • More Than a Smidgen

    The facts are simple. The IRS systematically targeted conservative and Tea Party groups after their activism proved decisive in the 2010 midterm elections—Obama’s famous “shellacking.” The...

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  • Israel Under Attack

    Last week, Hamas fired hundreds of rockets and missiles at targets throughout Israel, including the nuclear reactor at Dimona. Two of the three M-75 missiles targeting Dimona missed the mark...

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