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  1. elliott abrams
    Official Convicted in Iran-Contra Affair Is Appointed Trump’s Envoy to IranElliott Abrams, who lied to Congress about his knowledge of the Iran-Contra affair, is now the administration’s envoy to Iran.
  2. international affairs
    Could War With Iran Be an October Surprise?A series of mysterious explosions and alleged Israeli sabotage operations could soon open the door to a broader conflict.
  3. coronavirus
    Iranian Filmmaker Mehrdad Oskouei Awaits a Prison Sentence in QuarantineThe documentarian has been sentenced to a year in prison. He wonders if he were there now, amid the coronavirus, how would he spend his time?
  4. international affairs
    This Is a Particularly Bad Time for U.S.-Iran Tensions to FlareAs the Trump administration ramps up coronavirus xenophobia, it simultaneously pursues a muddled Middle East strategy.
  5. coronavirus
    Coronavirus and Autocracy: An Extremely Dangerous MixWhen citizens don’t trust their rulers and vice versa, an already frightening situation can get much worse.
  6. coronavirus
    Coronavirus Is the Last Thing the Middle East Needs Right NowYears of conflict, an intensifying refugee crisis, and often inadequate health systems have left the region especially vulnerable.
  7. coronavirus
    A Top Iranian Government Official Has Died of CoronavirusMohammad Mirmohammadi was an adviser to Iran’s supreme leader.
  8. coronavirus
    America Should Brace for Coronavirus Outbreak, CDC Says“We are asking the American public to prepare for the expectation that this might be bad.”
  9. covid-19
    Coronavirus Cases Continue to Surge in Italy, Iran, and South KoreaThe entire European Union is on edge over the escalating crisis in Italy, but Iran’s outbreak may prove to be the most dangerous.
  10. war
    50 U.S. Troops Diagnosed With Brain Injuries As a Result of Iran StrikesLast week, Trump dismissed the soldiers’ injuries as “headaches” that were “not very serious.”
  11. iran
    11 U.S. Troops Injured in Iran’s Retaliatory Strike on January 8: ReportContrasting Trump’s claim that no one was hurt in the strike, service members are reportedly suffering from symptoms of post-concussion syndrome.
  12. trump rally
    Trump’s Wisconsin Rally Was a Parade of Foreign-Policy MisinformationThe president boasted inaccurately of his recent act of war, suggested Lyndon B. Johnson is in hell, and complained about dishwashers again.
  13. iran plane crash
    Iran Makes Arrests, Vows Investigations in Downing of Ukrainian JetStill, Iranian leaders continued to blame the U.S. for the “unforgivable error.”
  14. foreign interests
    Here’s How Trump’s Iran Policy Looks From Inside the SenateSenator Chris Murphy says his GOP colleagues know there’s no evidence that Soleimani posed an imminent threat. They just don’t care.
  15. foreign policy
    Trump Claim That Soleimani Posed an ‘Imminent Threat’ Takes Another HitTrump set the red line last June, NBC News reports, authorizing a strike against Soleimani if an American was killed by Iran.
  16. politics
    Trump Says He Supports Freedom of Press in Iran, Contrary to Record at HomeOn Twitter, Trump demanded that Iran “let reporters roam free,” though at home journalists are “real sick ones.”
  17. foreign policy
    Esper ‘Didn’t See’ Intel Backing Up Trump’s 4-Embassy ClaimBut the U.S. defense secretary made it clear he believes whatever the president believes regarding the rationale for killing a top Iranian general.
  18. the national interest
    Trump’s Rationale for Killing Soleimani Is Falling ApartAll the reasons to doubt the Trump administration is telling the truth.
  19. iran
    GOP Congressman Says Democrats Are in “Love With Terrorists”By Friday he took it back, tweeting: “I do not believe Democrats are in love with terrorists, and I apologize.”
  20. interesting times
    Andrew Sullivan: Donald Trump Is the War Crimes PresidentHis embrace of rogue Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher is part of a deeper, and very alarming, pattern.
  21. foreign interests
    Avoiding Disaster Doesn’t Make Trump’s Iran Policy a SuccessTrump’s efforts to bring Iran to heel and thwart its nuclear ambitions were failing even before he nearly started a catastrophic war.
  22. trump rally
    Trump Complains About Not Winning Nobel Peace Prize Days After War Crime ThreatOther rally highlights included a claim that Dems would have “leaked” the Soleimani attack, and that M4A will cost “more money than we’ll ever make.”
  23. iran
    House Votes To Order Trump To End Unauthorized Military Actions Against IranIt’s a non-binding resolution passed on a near-party-line vote, but does reflect some congressional pushback against the imperial presidency.
  24. ilhan omar
    Only U.S. Military Can Have PTSD, Representative Tells War RefugeeIlhan Omar fled war-torn Somalia as a child and grew up in a Kenya refugee camp.
  25. iran plane crash
    U.S. Officials Believe It’s ‘Likely’ Iran Shot Down Ukrainian JetMultiple reports suggest officials are confident that Iran accidentally shot down the jet, killing all 176 people onboard.
  26. polls
    By 2-to-1 Margin, Voters Say Trump’s Soleimani Strike Made U.S. ‘Less Safe’In a new survey, a majority of Americans say Trump’s Iran policy is “reckless,” while just 24 percent say it made Americans “more safe.”
  27. border security
    When the ‘Americanness’ of Iranian-Americans Is ConditionalReports that Iranian-Americans have been singled out for suspicion and extra questioning at a U.S.-Canada border crossing reveal a larger truth.
  28. qasem soleimani
    GOP Senator: White House Briefing on Soleimani Was ‘Insulting’Mike Lee called the administration’s case for assassinating Soleimani “the worst briefing, at least on a military issue, I’ve seen.”
  29. iran
    House Vote Is Unlikely to Curb Trump’s War Powers on IranThanks to many years of Congress ceding war-making powers to the commander-in-chief, Democrats have been left with a very weak hand.
  30. iran
    Trump’s De-escalatory Remarks on Iran Strike Appease GOP HawksMore relieving than Trump’s decision not to escalate may be the GOP’s welcome reception, considering that he is notoriously reluctant to appear weak.
  31. world view
    The Strategy Behind Trump’s Incoherent Iran AddressTrump’s remarks were about sweet-talking his base and reclaiming the narrative — even if it meant confusing and angering our allies.
  32. polls
    Survey: Most Americans Can’t Find Iran on a MapJust 23 percent of registered voters could pick out Iran on an unlabeled map of the world.
  33. iran
    Iran Is Not a Threat to Our Security. Trump’s Saber-Rattling Is.Trump wants Americans to see Iran as an irrational, terroristic menace. But Tehran’s response to the killing of Soleimani proves that it is not.
  34. us-iran conflict
    Trump Says No Casualties in Iranian Missile Strikes, Announces New SanctionsIn a White House statement, Trump also announced new sanctions on Iran.
  35. the national interest
    Trump, Who Actually Loves Dictators, Smears Democrats As Iran LoversTrump says anybody who opposes his war must approve of his target. But Trump actually does approve of dictators.
  36. iran
    Boeing 737 Crashes Near Tehran, Killing All 176 OnboardOfficials from Iran and Ukraine offered contradictory information on the cause, but suggested it was unrelated to the strike on U.S. bases in Iraq.
  37. us-iran conflict
    Iran Launches Missiles Against U.S. in Iraq, Threatens More RetaliationThe Pentagon confirmed that over a dozen missiles were launched on two air bases. No casualties are currently being reported.
  38. qasem soleimani
    Could Iran Punish Israel for an American Assassination?Intelligencer staffers discuss the latest developments in the aftermath of Qasem Soleimani’s death.
  39. nikki haley
    Nikki Haley Calls Democrats Terrorist-LoversAny impression you may have had of Haley as representing an alternative to Trumpism is officially null and void.
  40. iran
    Trump Walks Back War-Crime Threat Against Iran: ‘I Like to Obey the Law’“I like to obey the law,” said Trump, despite years of evidence to the contrary.
  41. iran
    More Than 50 Dead After Stampede at Qasem Soleimani’s FuneralTragedy strikes in the hometown of the slain commander of Iran’s Quds Force.
  42. iraq
    Trump Admin Drafts Iraq Sanctions to Counter Vote to Expel U.S. Troops: ReportSanctions aren’t normally levied against allies, but very little of the first week of the current crisis in the region could be considered “normal.”
  43. iran
    Fox News Welcomes ‘Deep State’ Intelligence When It Leads to Conflict With IranA serious change of tune for the network, which has attacked the “deep state” intelligence community for the Trump-Russia inquiries for three years.
  44. world view
    The ‘Painful Consequences’ of Trump’s Soleimani Decision Are Already HereFrom the gobsmacking confusion over the U.S. presence in Iraq to reports of discrimination at the border, we don’t have to wait for Iran’s response.
  45. foreign interests
    Trump Administration Accidentally Declares End of War in Iraq“We respect your sovereign decision to order our departure,” the U.S. wrote in a letter to the Iraqi government that it did not intend to send.
  46. iraq
    Read the Letter the Pentagon Accidentally Sent Announcing Withdrawal From IraqAfter a DOD letter emerged stating the U.S. would move troops out of Iraq, the Pentagon said it was a “poorly worded” draft and a “mistake.”
  47. qasem soleimani
    Trump’s Rationale for Killing Soleimani Makes No SenseThe White House has so little respect for the voting public, it didn’t even bother to make its case for war with Iran logically coherent.
  48. the top line
    How Would War With Iran Affect the U.S. Economy?Oil-supply shocks are still harmful. But they’re not as harmful as they used to be, and that has major foreign-policy implications.
  49. the national interest
    Joe Lieberman Is Sad Democrats Won’t Support Trump’s Iran WarLieberman believes Congress should always support the president’s foreign policy, unless the president is a Democrat.
  50. iran
    House to Vote to Limit Trump’s Authority to Wage War on IranThe House will vote on a War Powers Resolution to cut off Trump’s authority to engage Iran after 30 days unless he seeks congressional approval.
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