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Israelis See Iran’s Threats of Retaliation as Bluff – NYTimes.com

Israeli intelligence estimates, backed by academic studies, have cast doubt on the widespread assumption that a military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities would set off a catastrophic set of events like a regional conflagration, widespread acts of terrorism and sky-high …

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Awlaki Strike Shows U.S. Shift to Drones in Terror Fight – NYTimes.com

The C.I.A. drone strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born propagandist for Al Qaeda’s rising franchise in Yemen, was one more demonstration of what American officials describe as a cheap, safe and precise tool to eliminate …

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In Death-Penalty Debate, Execution Offers Little Closure – NYTimes.com

After decades of litigation, the final legal ruling allowing the execution of Troy Davis was a one-sentence order from the United States Supreme Court so terse that it could have fit neatly into a Twitter message with room ….

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U.S. building secret drone bases in Africa, Arabian Peninsula, officials say – The Washington Post

The Obama administration is assembling a constellation of secret drone bases for counterterrorism operations in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula as part of a newly aggressive campaign to attack al-Qaeda affiliates in Somalia and Yemen, U.S. officials …

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Politicians Behaving Well – NYTimes.com

One reason many politicians behave badly these days is that we spend less time thinking about what it means to behave well. This was less of a problem in past centuries when …

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A Weiner ethics case would cover uncharted ground – The Washington Post

In the court of public opinion, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) already appears to have been convicted of, at the very least, breaking his marriage vows, misleading his constituents and lying to …

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