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A quick satire on Obama’s mention of “bankrupt ideology of violent extremism” in his State of the Union speech on January 20, 2015.

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ISIS has established a presence inside Yemen and engaged in at least one fight against its rivals from al Qaeda. If this escalates it could further destabilize the key US ally in the war on terror.

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Impediments to reconciliation with Iran do not lie in misunderstanding. The problem is that Americans know the Islamic Republic all too well.

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In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama urged Americans to “turn the page” on years of economic troubles, terrorism and lengthy wars. Panelists weigh in on the president’s tone and discuss his agenda for the next two years.

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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem January 18, 2015. Netanyahu said on Sunday a wave of anti-Semitism and what he called "Islamisation" in Western Europe are factors in a Jewish state push to expand trade with Asia. REUTERS/Abir Sultan/Pool

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked French Jews to come home. There is strength in numbers and the more Jews there are in Israel, the stronger Israel will be. The flip side is that the fewer Jews there are in France — or Europe or America — the weaker Jews as a whole will be.

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In his State of  the Union address on Tuesday President Obama suggested that shadow of the terror crisis has passed. But can the world turn the page on terrorism when the radical groups such as ISIS, AQAP and Boko Haram are becoming more brutal in their terror attacks across the world.

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Shielding Saudi Arabia (or other states) from diplomatic embarrassment should not be reason to keep 28 pages of the 9/11 Commission report secret.

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U.S. Army 1st Lt. James Lockett, left, and Staff Sgt. Jose Ramirez, right, watch Spc. Richard Rodriguez shoot an AT4 anti-tank weapon in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Oct. 11, 2014. The Soldiers were with 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston, U.S. Army National Guard/Released)

Ahead of the State of the Union address, Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) lays out his agenda for the House Armed Services Committee in the 114th Congress.

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We are in a war now with Islamic terrorism, and it’s sometimes hard to tell whether Americans are willing to acknowledge the sacrifices we’ll need to make.

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French President Francois Hollande is surrounded by heads of state including (L to R) European Commission President European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Council President Donald Tusk, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as they attend the solidarity march (Marche Republicaine) in the streets of Paris January 11, 2015. French citizens will be joined by dozens of foreign leaders, among them Arab and Muslim representatives, in a march on Sunday in an unprecedented tribute to this week's victims following the shootings by gunmen at the offices of the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, the killing of a police woman in Montrouge, and the hostage taking at a kosher supermarket at the Porte de Vincennes. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

No major democracy has less to teach the world about how to respond to blasphemy.

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