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Positive Spin? Some messages from military not entirely accurate

Heath Druzin / Stars and Stripes

Gen. Joseph Dunford, commander of the NATO-led international military force in Afghanistan, speaks at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan during a March ceremony marking the handover of a prison from American to Afghan control.

In Iran Race, All 8 Candidates Toe Hard Line on Nuclear Might

Thomas Erdbrink / New York Times

TEHRAN — A group of chador-wearing female supporters of Iran’s nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, cheered wildly when he entered a packed conference hall during a campaign stop at Tehran University last week.

Special Report: Iran, the United States and ‘the cup of poison’

Louis Charbonneau and Parisa Hafezi / Reuters

Five months ago Iran’s foreign minister sent an unusual letter to the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. It was time, Ali Akbar Salehi wrote according to two sources who read the letter, to reach out to Tehran’s arch foe by entering into “broad discussions with the United States.”

Turkish Police Retake Square Amid Clashes

Selcan Hacaoglu and Ben Holland / Bloomberg

Turkish protesters urged people to return to Taksim Square this evening, after they were driven out by police last night.

Obama Quietly Raises ‘Carbon Price’ as Costs to Climate Increase

Mark Drajem / Bloomberg

Buried in a little-noticed rule on microwave ovens is a change in the U.S. government’s accounting for carbon emissions that could have wide-ranging implications for everything from power plants to the Keystone XL pipeline.

Giving up Tuna? Breathing Is Next

Mark Bittman / New York Times

If you’re like most people (including me, up until a month or two ago), you know that tuna and other top-of-the-food-chain fish contain unsafe levels of mercury and that childbirth-age women and nursing mothers, especially, are warned off these fish.

Mayor Bloomberg Unveils Plan to Save New York from Climate Change

Agence France-Presse / The Raw Story

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has unveiled a $19.5 billion plan to boost the city’s defenses against climate change, seven months after superstorm Sandy devastated the US East Coast.

U.S. and China Move Closer on North Korea, but Not on Cyberespionage

Jackie Calmes and Steven Lee Myers / The New York Times

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — Even as they pledged to build “a new model” of relations, President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China ended two days of informal meetings here on Saturday moving closer on pressuring a nuclear North Korea and addressing climate change, but remaining sharply divided over cyberespionage and other issues that have divided the countries for years.

Pentagon Missile Defense Brass Frown on East Coast Interceptor Sites

Paul Mcleary / Defense News

WASHINGTON — The nation’s two top military officers leading the US missile defense enterprise replied to a letter from Sen. Carl Levin today, telling him that there is “no validated military requirement” for a proposed East Coast missile defense site as some on Capitol Hill have proposed.

Seoul rolls up red carpet for scrapped talks with North Korea but rivals may try again

Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea dismantled the meeting table, pulled down the placards and rolled up the red carpet. Its intended guest, North Korea, has stopped answering the phone.

On our flashpoint blog

Prompt Global Strike: Strategic Considerations and Interpretations

In pursuit of U.S. aims against non-state actors at the outset of the War on Terror, in 2006 the Defense Department identified the ability to strike anywhere on Earth in under a hour’s notice as a necessary military capability and called the concept Prompt Global Strike (PGS). However, recent advances in hypersonic technology pose real questions about how PGS could affect our strategic planning and the strategic planning of other nations.

ASP Podcast- Developments in Nuclear Security

This week we discuss the latest developments on nuclear security, including the latest on Iran and North Korea, plus the structure of the U.S. cold-war arsenal, relations with Russia and the defense budget process.

The Carbon Bubble: What We Know and Why You Should Care

The world’s financial markets are carrying a “carbon bubble”; governments and industry need to acknowledge its existence and prepare for the future.

Corporate Tax Reform: Is Territorial the Solution?

Corporate tax reform must begin with lowering the rate and eliminating deferrals. Should a territorial tax system be the next step?

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