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Court Kicks Yucca Mountain Review Back in Motion

Newscom Despite the politics surrounding Yucca Mountain and the Obama Administration’s policy to terminate the project, a federal court today held the executive branch to its chief role: executing the law. After 468 days of waiting, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia today ruled that, despite the President’s wishes, the Nuclear […]

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Prisoner Release Spin Games Begin

August 12, 2013 13:50 by Pesach Benson Let the spin begin: A PA letter obtained by Haaretz urges its diplomats to emphasize that prisoners to be released are “freedom fighters” and “political prisoners.” You can guess who the real terrorists are: The letter, which was distributed by the Palestinian Embassy in Santiago, Chile, a day […]

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The Right Moment for Israel’s Danny Danon?

by Daniel Pipes The Washington Times August 5, 2013 “Lunacy.” That’s how Danny Danon describes Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s decision to hand over 104 killers to the Palestinian Authority as a “goodwill gesture.” He’s hardly alone, as many observers (including myself) are outraged by this move. But Danon, 42, has a unique place in this […]

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Hamas Crackdown on Opposition Imminent?

August 11, 2013 15:00 by Pesach Benson Today’s Top Stories 1. Sinai jihadis said they were attacked by an Israeli drone — while preparing a rocket attack on the Jewish state. It’s possible that the strike was coordinated with the Egyptian military, but Jerusalem’s keeping quiet and Egyptian sources are making conflicting statements. More on […]

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Middle East Studies Specialists Get It Wrong

by Daniel Pipes July 3, 2013 An occasional series of bloopers. 1. Bruce K. Rutherford, associate professor of political science at Colgate University, published a book titled Egypt after Mubarak: Liberalism, Islam, and Democracy in the Arab World. The publisher informs us that the study draws upon in-depth interviews with Egyptian judges, lawyers, Islamic activists, […]

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The Imperial President Will Act on His Own

In a recent email to supporters, President Obama lamented the frustrating inadequacy of his office. “There’s only so much I can do on my own” without Congress, he confessed. As a matter of constitutional interpretation, he’s right. But in practice, the President has shown a distinct contempt for the legal limits on his power. Obama’s […]

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