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Will Iran Deal Waverers Agree to a Filibuster?

September 2, 2015  •  The Tower

The White House's drive to steamroller the Iran deal through Congress in the face of opposition from a bipartisan majority has finally borne fruit—Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) today announced her backing for the deal, handing President Barack Obama the 34 senators he needs in the event that he has to veto any vote of disapproval.

Mikulski's statement may not, however, be enough to satisfy the administration. Talk of afilibuster to prevent a vote is growing louder. To achieve that outcome, the White House requires seven of the ten remaining senators who are currently undecided to declare themselves in favor of the deal.

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A Crime That Echoes Through the Centuries

August 30, 2015  •  Wall Street Journal

Of all the calumnies leveled at the Jews down the centuries, none has been as lethal as the blood libel. This infamia, which "branded the Jews as bloodthirsty 'others' who deserved to be killed," as the late, revered historian Robert Wistrich explained it, has appeared in a dizzying range of locations. From the 12th-century kingdoms of England and France, the blood libel, which accused entire Jewish communities of murdering Christian children for ritual purposes, spread to other territories and cultures, among them Poland and Lithuania in the 17th century, Damascus in the 19th century, and Kiev as recently as 1913.

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Anti-Zionism's Mask Falls

August 30, 2015  •  JNS/The Algemeiner

The first Saturday in September will see Israel's national soccer team travel to Cardiff, the capital of Wales, for a vital qualifying game for next year's European Championship in France. As is becoming the norm when any Israeli athletes travel abroad, the team will also face protests off the field, led by activists who believe that Israel has no right to compete internationally in the first place.

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The Return of Bibi Derangement Syndrome

August 20, 2015  •  JNS/The Algemeiner

My favorite acronym, at least for this year, was coined by historian Ronald Radosh in his PJ Media column back in March. The initials are BDS – not "Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions," but "Bibi Derangement Syndrome."

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Will Iran Follow the Soviet Example?

August 13, 2015  •  JNS/The Algemeiner

The nuclear deal with Iran has, inevitably, been accompanied by a large amount of crystal ball gazing among its defenders and opponents as to how the legitimization of Tehran's nuclear capacity will impact its behavior. Will the Iranian regime emerge from the deal as a responsible international actor—an outcome on which President Barack Obama himself is betting—or will it seek to rub salt into the wounds of its gullible Western interlocutors by fanning existing regional conflicts and launching new ones?

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