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Obama Plays Hardball on Defense Budget

Report 15 July 2009
In a letter to Congress, President Obama reiterated his warning that he will veto the 2010 defense budget if money for the F-22 fighter is included. Obama and Secretary Gates are finally attempting to eliminate wasteful Cold War-era weapons that not only do nothing to enhance our security.
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Diplomacy

“The Meeting We Had Been Waiting For”: Russia Summit Results in Major Achievements – Not Soul Gazing

Report 6 July 2009
President Obama met today with Russian President Dimitry Medvedev in what was a highly anticipated summit, as the United States sought to steer U.S.-Russian relations back to a more productive focus on areas of mutual concern and interest.
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Iraq

Progressive Plan For Withdrawal From Iraq Is on Track

Report 29 June 2009
The scheduled withdrawal of U.S. forces from the Iraqi cities on Tuesday is a momentous signal of Iraqis’ willingness to step up and Americans’ willingness to step back – and the beginning of the realization of a plan that progressives promoted for years and President Obama carried with him to the White House.
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Iran

Iran Exposes Deep Conservative Split on Foreign Policy

Report 23 June 2009
A clear and striking split has emerged amongst conservatives in response to the situation in Iran. Moderates, realists and GOP foreign policy leaders have all come out in support of the Administration’s approach and attacked neoconservative calls for meddling more in Iran. On the other hand, neoconservatives and the party’s political leadership have taken to the op-ed pages and the airwaves to denounce Obama’s approach and have called for more direct intervention in Iran.
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Iran

After 8 Years of Failure, Neocons in No Position to Critique Democracy Promotion Efforts

Report 18 June 2009
In the last few days, a prominent faction of conservatives has attacked the Obama administration's approach to Iran.These attacks are rooted in the neoconservative theory of democracy promotion: that tough American talk backed by the threat of force - in the case of Iraq, the actual use of force - and intrusive American intervention was the best method to promote democracy in the Middle East.
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Diplomacy

Strong Diplomacy Needed to Address Nuclear Challenges

Report 28 May 2009
The spread of nuclear weapons is a tremendous global challenge -- and a threat we can do something about, one where other nations actually desire US leadership.
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Diplomacy

The Nuclear Hermit

Report 26 May 2009
North Korea reinserted itself at the top of the global security agenda with a nuclear test and missile launches this weekend.
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Terrorism & National Security

Guantanamo Makes Us Weaker and Must Be Closed

Report 21 May 2009
Today President Obama spoke at the National Archives where, surrounded by the documents that contain the principles that founded America, he confirmed the need for America to return to these principles and values by closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.
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Military

Building the Military We Need

Report 15 May 2009
In a tremendous departure from Rumsfeld, Secretary Gates’ first priority has been to ensure that the troops on the ground get all the equipment and resources they need to do their jobs.  Through his focus on the immediate challenges of the current wars, Gates hopes to rebalance the military, better positioning it to address both the conventional and irregular threats of the 21st century. 
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