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U.S. President Barack Obama enters the Brady Press Briefing Room on Aug. 1, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. President Barack Obama enters the Brady Press Briefing Room on Aug. 1, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Obama: ‘What More Can You Do?’

“The nature of being president is that you’re always asking yourself, `What more can you do?”’ President Barack Obama said today. “Short of going to war,” there is little more the U.S. can do to dissuade Russian President Vladimir Putin...

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents detain undocumented immigrants in dense brushland some 60 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border in Brooks County on July 23, 2014 near Falfurrias, Texas.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents detain undocumented immigrants in dense brushland some 60 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border in Brooks County on July 23, 2014 near Falfurrias, Texas.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $659 Million

A $659 million border-security and immigration proposal in the Republican-led House was pulled from consideration yesterday after party leaders couldn’t corral enough support to pass it. The legislation, meant to address a surge of undocumented children showing up at the...

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US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, with former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton in Washington, DC.

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US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, with former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton in Washington, DC.

Kerry on Clinton: ‘No Doubts’

Written with Terry Atlas in New Delhi John Kerry wanted to be president. He was the Democratic Party’s nominee in 2004. Hillary Clinton wanted to be president. She lost the party’s nomination to Barack Obama in 2008. Both became secretaries...

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A video screen shows US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Ouistreham International Ceremony at Sword Beach to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion at Normandy, in Ouistreham, France, on June 6, 2014.

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A video screen shows US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Ouistreham International Ceremony at Sword Beach to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion at Normandy, in Ouistreham, France, on June 6, 2014.

No ‘New Cold War’ — Disappointed?

Why is everyone so anxious for a new Cold War? Is the current conflict with Russia, in which President Barack Obama today announced the newest round of sanctions following the downing of an airliner over Ukraine by Russian-backed separatists, a...

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Israeli security forces arrest a Palestinian during clashes following traditional Friday prayers near the Old City in East Jerusalem on July 25, 2014.

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Israeli security forces arrest a Palestinian during clashes following traditional Friday prayers near the Old City in East Jerusalem on July 25, 2014.

Fighting on Beaches, Fields, Streets — and Twitter

Fighting on the beaches, fighting in the fields and streets — and fighting on the Internet: The Twitter campaign of the Israeli Defense Forces is waged in the same call to arms for a besieged nation’s defense that Winston Churchill...

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Salvadorian immigrant Stefany Marjorie, eight, with a U.S. Border Patrol agent recording family information on July 24, 2014 in Mission, Texas.

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Salvadorian immigrant Stefany Marjorie, eight, with a U.S. Border Patrol agent recording family information on July 24, 2014 in Mission, Texas.

Refugee Children: Humanitarian Challenge or Border Problem

Slowly, perhaps, political leaders around the United States are coming to understand the influx of more than 50,000 children from Central America as the humanitarian crisis which it is, as opposed to another sign of perennial border problems. “The influx...

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on July 23, 2014.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on July 23, 2014.

Kerry in Israel, West Bank: ‘Humanitarian’ Concerns

John Kerry is in town again. And his host, Benjamin Netanyahu, was quiet about it. For all the support for Israel that the U.S. has reiterated in the escalating conflict with Hamas, the State Department today was also talking about...

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