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U.S. President Obama answers a reporter's question after delivering a statement on the economy in the press briefing room at the White House in Washington

5 Ways ‘Obama Knows Exactly What He’s Doing’

Marco Rubio’s canned assessment of Barack Obama is right. Obama clearly knows what he’s doing. Because despite inevitable imperfections and failings, his successes far outshine his limitations.

February 7, 2016

Endorse This: Welcome Home, Jason Rezaian

“No other country would do so much for an ordinary citizen — and I know that.”

January 28, 2016
Iran President Rouhani shakes hands with Italian President Mattarella at the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome

Deals And Warm Words Flow As Iranian President Visits Europe

Iranians will reportedly sign up to 17 billion euros ($18.4 billion) worth of deals in sectors from energy to infrastructure, steel, and shipbuilding.

January 25, 2016
Rezaian one of the U.S. citizens recently released from detention in Iran poses to media outside the Emergency Room of the LRMC in the southwestern town of Landstuhl

Freed ‘Washington Post’ Journalist Rezaian Headed To U.S.: Statement

Rezaian said he was grateful for his newfound freedom but was not yet ready to talk about his imprisonment.

January 22, 2016
United States Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran, at the United Nations in New York

US, Iran Remain Worlds Apart On Major Foreign Policy Issues

The glow of goodwill that followed a surprise prisoner swap and the lifting of international sanctions on Iran’s nuclear program over the weekend is already being tempered by the somber realization that the Islamic Republic is not likely to change course significantly on other pressing conflicts with the West.

January 21, 2016
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani waves during a news conference in

As Improved US-Iran Relations Are Celebrated, Questions Loom About Road Ahead

Amid celebration of the milestone nuclear deal and the depature from Iran of three freed Americans, the Obama administration offered a reminder of the gulf that remains in the countries’ relations.

January 19, 2016

Endorse This: The Actual Reagan Record On Iran

Rachel Maddow gave a nice little history lesson in how Saint Ronald actually dealt with Iran in the mid-1980s — and it wasn’t pretty.

January 19, 2016

Late Night Roundup: ‘The Late Show’ With DeRay — And Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert and DeRay McKesson explored Stephen’s white privilege: They switched places, putting DeRay in the host’s chair and Stephen on the guest couch.

January 19, 2016
An Iranain woman walks past a revolutionary mural in Tehran

Iran Boosts Oil Output, Foreign Firms Keen To Seal Deals

Deputy Oil Minister Rokneddin Javadi said Iran could increase output by 500,000 barrels a day.

January 18, 2016
An Iranian flag flutters in front of the IAEA headquarters in Vienna

Saudi Arabia Alarmed, In Private, At Iran’s Sanctions Relief

Saudi Arabia fears the end of sanctions on Iran could boost what they see as subversive activities, also enrich a major competitor.

January 18, 2016
Iran sactions prayers political cartoon

Cartoon: In Iran, As Sanctions Are Lifted, Prayers Are Answered

In Iran, As Sanctions Are Lifted, Prayers Are Answered

January 18, 2016

Israel Licks Wounds As Iran Sanctions End, Looks To Future U.S. Aid

Netanyahu calls on world powers to impose “harsh, aggressive sanctions” for any nuclear violations by Iran.

January 17, 2016
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrives for a news conference in Tehran

Iran Moves From Pariah State To Regional Power

The swift release of U.S. Navy sailors after they drifted into Iranian waters marked the new era in relations following decades of hostility with the West.

January 17, 2016
A U.S. government aircraft is pictured at Cointrin airport in Geneva Switzerland

U.S. Prisoners Leave Iran As Obama Hails Win For Diplomacy

President Obama: “These things are a reminder of what we can achieve when we lead with strength and with wisdom.”

January 17, 2016

Former Rep. Allen West (R) Slams ‘Cowardice’ Of U.S. Sailors: They Should’ve Started A War With Iran!

Give some credit to the former one-term congressman and ultra-hawk, for at least being consistent.

January 14, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in Washington

5 Takeaways From Obama’s State Of The Union Speech

At times serious, at times joking with the Republicans who control the Congress, Obama focused on the successes of his presidency and what he said should be an optimism about the future rather than the gloomy portraits of the country in GOP campaigns. Here are five important takeaways from Obama’s speech.

January 13, 2016
An undated picture released by Iran's Revolutionary Guards website shows American sailors sitting in a unknown place in Iran

Iran Releases U.S. Sailors After Brief Detention

Confirming the sailors’ safe release, the Pentagon said there were no indications they were harmed while in Iranian custody.

January 13, 2016
U.S. Navy handout photo of a riverine patrol boat from Costal Riverine Squadron 2 escorts the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill while in the Arabia Gulf

Iran Holds 10 U.S. Sailors; White House Expects Prompt Return

While both sides appeared eager not to let the incident escalate further, it came at a delicate time for U.S.-Iranian relations.

January 12, 2016
A general view of the Arak heavy-water project

Iran Fills Heavy Water Nuclear Reactor Core With Cement: Fars

Move could signal imminent implementation of the nuclear deal, clearing the way for Tehran to receive relief from economic sanctions.

January 11, 2016
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani waves after he registered for February's election of the Assembly of Experts, the clerical body that chooses the supreme leader, at the Interior Ministry in Tehran

Iran Says Saudi Arabia Cannot Cover Up ‘Crime’ By Cutting Ties

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Sudan broke all ties with Iran and the United Arab Emirates downgraded its relations on Monday after the Saudi embassy in Tehran was stormed by protesters.

January 5, 2016
Supporters of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr burn an effigy of King Salman of Saudi Arabia during a demonstration against the execution of Shi'ite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia, in Baghdad, Iraq

Saudi Arabia To Halt Flights, Trade With Iran: Minister

Saudi Arabia widened its rift with Iran on Monday, saying it would end air traffic and trade links with the Islamic republic and demanding that Tehran must “act like a normal country” before it would restore severed diplomatic relations.

January 4, 2016
Shi'ite protesters carry posters of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr during a demonstration in front of Saudi Arabia's Consulate in Istanbul

Saudi Arabia Cuts Ties With Iran As Row Over Cleric’s Death Escalates

Saudi Arabia cut ties with Iran on Sunday, responding to the storming of its embassy in Tehran in an escalating row between the rival Middle East powers over Riyadh’s execution of a Shi’ite Muslim cleric.

January 3, 2016
Yearend 2015: A Picture and Its Story

Iran Threatens Response To New U.S. Visa Restrictions

Iran will take reciprocal measures in response to any breach of this year’s nuclear deal, the Foreign Ministry warned on Monday, after Tehran said new U.S. visa restrictions contravened the historic agreement.

December 28, 2015

Iraqi Politician Ahmed Chalabi Who Pushed Bush To Invade Iraq Dies

Once viewed in Washington as its preferred future Iraqi leader, he lost favor among his American benefactors amid accusations that he had passed information to arch-foe Iran.

November 3, 2015
Tabiat Bridge

In A Tehran Without Nightlife, A Bridge Becomes A Gathering Place

In a city ruled by the automobile, where crossing the street entails risking your life and a real downtown doesn’t exist, there could hardly be a more unusual weekend destination than the newly built Tabiat Bridge – perched over a busy expressway.

October 25, 2015
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