Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with President Obama at the White House on Monday in his first trip back to Washington after an unsuccessful campaign to block the Iran nuclear deal.
Robert Legvold is a Marshall D Shulman Professor Emeritus at the Columbia University political science department. He is one of the world's leading experts on the foreign policy of post-Soviet states, and a book reviewer for Foreign Affairs magazine.
After years of contentious debate, Keystone XL has been rejected once and for all. This is the behind-the-scenes story of how a small group of unlikely allies turned what everyone expected to be a routine governmental approval process into one of the most heated environmental battles in US history -- and prevailed.
In rejecting Keystone Obama put a bright light on that fork in the road. And he put spotlight on a very clear, bright line: no more investments in fossil-fuel infrastructure. No more throwing good money after bad.
Rail is too expensive and logistically challenging to take the place of pipelines and support expanded tar sands production. Tar sands oil is some of the most expensive in the world to produce - and shipping crude by rail to the Gulf costs twice as much as by pipeline.
The first step in ending tyranny is to expose its existence--to let the tyrants know that we're watching and won't turn away until they are forced to change their ways or stand down once and for all.
In reality, Rubio's the perfect Republican nominee, because, to paraphrase Mark Twain, the GOP never lets the truth stand in the way of a good story.
Although President Obama held the pen, the real heroes are the ordinary people who refused to give in, give up, or give way. They came together from an incredible array of backgrounds and communities -- united by a determination not to let Big Oil have its way.
Most Democrats appear to see through the industry's cynical ploy and fully understand that it is spending these vast sums out of pure self-interest, not out of genuine concern for low- and moderate-income families. However, some Democrats want to stop the rulemaking.
There is plenty of time to set the record straight before the 2016 election, but it appears as though Carson has fastened himself to the creature he built and is flying the beast recklessly toward a blood-thirsty media clamoring for conflict and chaos.
I want an honest progressive, not a Republican, which is why I will not support Trump or Clinton. Bernie Sanders will win the presidency in 2016 because there are millions of people like me, and I'll no longer be intimidated by the phrase, "You can't let a Republican win!"
Wouldn't it be better if state political leaders, who have so much to gain and such an achievable path forward, put their efforts in to creating that future rather than clinging to the past? Forward-looking leaders do, because stereotypes aside, it ultimately comes down to good economics.
Instead of Netanyahu repenting for what he has done and now agreeing to support the deal, the chutzpah-filled leader of Israel will seek new military weaponry from the U.S. and Obama has already made clear that he will be agreeing to new advanced military weapons.
This is an opportunity for the President to call Ryan's bluff. Instead of scoffing at Ryan's lame and lying excuse, the President should embrace it by stating that he would be happy to sign a comprehensive immigration reform bill, like the one passed by the Senate, but that did not become effective until, say, October of 2017 (the new fiscal year).
This week, as the East Coast basked in balmy June temperatures, we saw both urgency and action on climate change. The urgency arrived on Thursday in the form of a major report compiled from 33 different research groups that found that "human-caused climate change" played a role in at least 14 extreme weather events last year. The action came a day later as President Obama, on the eve of the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris, announced the rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, saying the project would "undercut" America's "global leadership" on climate change. "If we want to prevent the worst effects of climate change before it's too late, the time to act is now," he said. "Not later. Not someday. Right here, right now." After all, as this week's report showed, the effects of climate change are also right here, right now.