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In the past 20 years, Vietnam has doubled its holdings in the South China Sea

By Greg Austin

In 1996, Vietnam occupied 24 features in the Spratly Islands (source).  At that time, according to the same source, China occupied nine. 347 more words

Islamic State War Authorization Goes Nowhere, Again

Bloomberg View, by Josh Rogin, June 9, 2015:

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee debated a new authorization for the use of force against the Islamic State on Tuesday, only to give up for now because it failed to garner broad support and threatened to derail an unrelated bill. 1,046 more words

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Lawmakers want more pushback against China's 'Great Wall of Sand'

Lawmakers want the US to be more aggressive toward China’s creation of artificial islands to bolster its claim to much of the South China Sea before it sparks a war in the region. 120 more words

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Iran: US Congress Meddling in Nuke Deal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says Iran is in talks to reach a final nuclear agreement with six world powers, not with U.S. lawmakers. Well, along with Odummer best realize, he has to deal with Congress, as according to the Constitution, it’s congress that ratifys treaties. 397 more words

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Beleaguered Menendez battles on, smacks Obama foreign policy at Armenian genocide commemoration

HACKENSACK – Braced against the federal corruption charges filed against him, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) stood up to a bracing breeze at the Bergen County commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide and criticized President Barack Obama’s handling of the issue. 391 more words

Kerry tells Capitol Hill critics of Iran nuclear deal to 'hold their fire' until final deal

On Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry said that he will go to Capitol Hill this week to brief congressional members about the Obama administration’s Iran nuclear deal and urged opponents to “hold their fire” until they see a final deal later his year. 271 more words

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Book on ‘Clinton Cash’ reportedly claims foreign donors got State Dept. favors

There’s a new bombshell that could rock the Hill’s plan for becoming president. The New York Times reported Monday that the book, set for release on May 5, will make new claims about donations to the Clinton Foundation by foreign donors. 303 more words

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