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Moshe Ya'alon Says He'll Challenge Netanyahu in Next Election

June 16, 2016  •  Tablet

Hell hath no fury like a politician scorned.

Israel's former Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon shook up Israeli politics on Thursday by announcing that he would challenge his former boss, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for Israel's top job. Denouncing Netanyahu, though not by name, for having divided "Jews against Arabs, right against left...to get another month or another year in office," Ya'alon accused Israel's leadership of "blinding" Israelis with imaginary "existential threats," such as Iran to distract them from the serious economic and social justice issues confronting the country, including the high cost of living, racism, sexism, and income inequality.

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review of United States of Jihad: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists

June 6, 2016  •  City Journal

In mid-April, President Barack Obama boasted that America and its allies were winning the fight against the Islamic State. In a rare visit to Central Intelligence Agency headquarters, Obama noted that though ISIS could still inflict "horrific violence," America's 11,500 air strikes had put the group on its heels. "We have momentum," the president said, "and we intend to keep that." Only days before, however, senior administration officials sounded gloomier about the state of the war. While American air strikes and other operations had killed 25,000 ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria, incinerated hundreds of millions of dollars that ISIS had stolen from banks and seized from kidnappings and extortion, forced it to cut salaries by a third, and taken back some territory it had seized in Iraq and Syria, the terror group now had roots in 15 countries and continued to expand its reach in Europe, North Africa, and Afghanistan. Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken told senators that despite the progress, America and its allies had failed to stop "the recruitment, radicalization, and mobilization of people, especially young people, to engage in terrorist activities." In February, James Clapper, President Obama's director of national intelligence, testified that ISIS remained not only the nation's "preeminent terrorist threat," but that al-Qaida and its affiliates were "positioned to make gains in 2016." ISIS, he said later, was a "phenomenon."

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On foreign policy, Hillary Clinton leans more to the right than Donald Trump

June 3, 2016  •  Fox News

Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have now delivered major speeches on foreign policy. If you are looking for a presidential candidate who favors conservative foreign policy prescriptions and such traditional Republican positions as promoting free trade, strong alliances, and the selective but robust projection of American force abroad, look no further than the presumptive presidential nominee – Hillary Clinton.

That's right. In most key foreign policy issues, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is to the right of her rival, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Consider the following.

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The Ballad of Huma and Bad, Bad Anthony Weiner

May 26, 2016  •  Tablet

"Shit!" says Anthony Weiner, the most improbable of candidates for New York mayor in 2013. "This is the worst."

Former Congressman Weiner is having a bad day. He was destined to have lots of them, having been caught for a second time in two years texting photographs of his Wiener to female fans. Filmmakers Josh Kriegman, Weiner's former chief of staff on Capitol Hill, and co-producer Elyse Steinberg record them all, as the man who would be mayor watches his quixotic campaign crash and burn in this riveting, powerful documentary.

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On memoirs

May 20, 2016  •  The Wall Street Journal

When Light Pierced the Darkness

By Nechama Tec (1986)

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Books by Judith Miller

Cover of The Story: A Reporter's Journey Cover of Germs Cover of God Has Ninety-Nine Names Cover of Saddam Hussein and the Crisis in the Gulf Cover of One, by One, by One

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