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Donald Trump vs. Joe Biden: Will the ‘Historic’ Debate Be a Dud?

When Joe Biden and Donald Trump square off on June 27, it will be the first time in history that a sitting president and a former one participate in a debate. But will there be anything else historic about it? When Joe Biden and Donald Trump square off on June …

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Yes, the Houthis Could Hit a U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier with a Missile

No defensive umbrella is perfect. It is plausible that the Houthis could sneak an antiship cruise or ballistic missile or drone past aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower’s escorts and the carrier’s own point defenses. But sinking an aircraft carrier is another matter. Summary and Key Points: Rumors that Houthi …

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What Does Benny Gantz Want for Israel?

When Benny Gantz quit Israel’s emergency wartime cabinet, on June 9th, he did so with some political mudslinging. He and two of his colleagues in the centrist National Unity Party had joined Benjamin Netanyahu’s government immediately after the Hamas-led attacks of October 7th, “even though we knew it …

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National Conservatism and American Conservatism Join Issue

In The Claremont Review of Books winter 2023/24 issue, the magazine’s editor Charles Kesler published “National Conservatism vs. American Conservatism.” Siding with American conservatism, Kesler offered a respectful critique of National Conservatism, a transnational movement that embraces citizens of several Western nations, many of whom Kesler counts as …

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What’s Next for Israel?

The resignation of the National Unity party leader, Benny Gantz, who joined the war cabinet, should not come as a surprise. Trying to hold on Following Gantz’s departure, Benjamin Netanyahu will have to choose one of two options. His first option is to hold onto his current government …

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Macron/Le Pen: Cohabitation in France?

The outcome of the snap elections to the French parliament, to be held in two rounds on June 30th and July 7th, is uncertain.  The complex majoritarian voting system makes it difficult to arrive at precise estimates for the distribution of seats based on standard opinion polls for …

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A Foreign Policy for the World as It Is

“America is back.” In the early days of his presidency, Joe Biden repeated those words as a starting point for his foreign policy. The phrase offered a bumper-sticker slogan to pivot away from Donald Trump’s chaotic leadership. It also suggested that the United States could reclaim its self-conception …

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U.S. Foreign Policy Wanders Aimlessly

Giorgia Meloni was the winner of last week’s Group of Seven meeting. Whether giving French President Emmanuel Macron the stink eye or stitching up a deal to increase Italy’s clout in the European Union, the Italian prime minister had a good summit. Once stigmatized as a neofascist from …

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Donald Trump vs. Joe Biden: Who Wins the 1st Debate?

Harrison Kass CNN has announced the rules for the first presidential debate of 2024 between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump, aiming to curb interruptions and facilitate actual debate. Summary and Key Points: CNN has announced the rules for the first presidential debate of 2024 between …

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