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Obama’s Segue From Constructive Tax Proposals to Low-Grade Demagoguery

 “The tax system should be simplified and work for all Americans with lower individual and corporate tax rates and fewer brackets.” That’s from the Obama administration’s 2009 proposals for tax reform, straight from “Because our corporate tax system is so riddled with special interest loopholes,” the document goes on, “our system has one of […] Read More →

Palestinian divisions emerge in Gaza peace talks

 The Palestinians appeared divided Sunday as the clock was winding down on the latest Gaza cease-fire, with officials saying Hamas was still opposed to a compromise Egyptian proposal that would ease the closure of the territory, while other factions, including delegates representing President Mahmoud Abbas, were inclined to accept. Hamas officials said they were holding […] Read More →

Palestinians accuse Israel of violating Gaza truce

 The Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza accused israel on Friday of a cross-border shooting in violation of a truce that has largely held since getting off to a shaky start on Thursday. An Israeli military spokeswoman said: “We have no knowledge of such an incident.” The Palestinian ministry in the coastal territory dominated by Hamas […] Read More →

Israelis, Gaza militants fight on, defying truce efforts

 Israel launched more than 20 aerial attacks in Gaza on Saturday, killing five Palestinians, and militants fired rockets at Israel as the conflict entered a second month, defying international efforts to negotiate an agreement for an extended ceasefire. Medical officials in Gaza said two Palestinians were killed when their motorcycle was bombed and the bodies […] Read More →

Israel signals Gaza war winding up, as shelling continues

 Israel signaled it was winding up the 25-day-old Gaza war unilaterally, saying on Saturday it would not attend Egyptian-hosted negotiations for a new truce and giving Palestinians who had fled fighting in one northern town the all-clear to return. But shelling exchanges continued, with Palestinian officials saying Gaza’s mostly civilian death toll rose to 1,665 […] Read More →

US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

 The Obama administration pushed back strongly Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest bid to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, accusing some in Israel of launching a “misinformation campaign” against the top American diplomat. “It’s simply not the way partners and allies treat each other,” State Department spokeswoman […] Read More →

U.S. defense chief defends swap of Taliban for war prisoner

 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday defended the U.S. decision to trade five Taliban leaders at Guantanamo for war prisoner Bowe Bergdahl, insisting it was the right move but admitting failure to tell lawmakers hurt trust with Congress. Hagel told the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee the administration felt a growing sense of urgency […] Read More →

Pope says Israelis, Palestinians must seek peace ‘undaunted in dialogue’

 Pope Francis told Israeli and Palestinian leaders they “must respond” to their people’s yearning for peace “undaunted in dialogue” during an unprecedented prayer meeting among Jews, Christians and Muslims at the Vatican on Sunday. The pope made his vibrant appeal to Israeli President Shimon Peres and his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas at the end of […] Read More →

U.S. Plans Direct Talks With Iran on Nuclear Program

 The U.S. will hold direct talks with Iran this week at a critical juncture in the international effort to ensure the Islamic Republic doesn’t develop nuclear weapons. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns and Undersecretary for Political Affairs Wendy R. Sherman will lead a U.S. delegation that will meet with Iranian officials tomorrow and […] Read More →