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"Why do we come to this place, to Hiroshima? We come to ponder a terrible force unleashed in a not so distant past. We come to mourn the dead, including over 100,000 in Japanese men, women and children; thousands of Koreans; a dozen Americans held prisoner. Their souls speak to us. They ask us to look inward, to take stock of who we are and what we might become." Read more»

Stephen Kinzer, one of the world’s leading experts on Iran, tells us why the Iran deal is going to make the world a better place. Read more»

The East Front of the U.S. Capitol at dusk. It’s quiet now, but will be a lot livelier when Congress returns from its August recess on Sept. 8 and begins to tackle a long list of back-up legislation.

When Congress returns Tuesday from a five-week vacation, its members had better be rested. They face a laundry list of issues, ranging from a vote on the Iran nuclear deal to a possible Planned Parenthood funding fight to gun control – not to mention the “elephant in the room,” passage of a federal budget by Sept. 30 to avoid a government shutdown. Read more»

Secretary of State John Kerry reacts Tuesday in Vienna, Austria, after the close of negotiations on a multi-national deal aimed at reining in Iranian nuclear capabilities. Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

It took more than 20 months of negotiations to reach agreement on an Iranian nuclear deal, but it took mere hours for Arizona lawmakers to respond to the plan, with support falling along party lines. Read more»

FactCheck: A conservative group welcomed Sen. Rand Paul into the presidential race with a TV ad that says he “supports Obama’s negotiations with Iran.” That’s misleading. Paul does support negotiating a nuclear deal, but he wants Congress to approve it. Read more»

President Barack Obama called the deal with Iran, a 'historic understanding which, if fully implemented, will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon.' Not all members of Congress were as enthused.

President Barack Obama called it a "historic understanding with Iran, which, if fully implemented, will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon." But Arizona lawmakers saw it as everything from a step to peace to a step down a "disgraceful path" with an enemy. Read more»

Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. Tom Cotton each claimed the other distorted the facts regarding the role of Congress in a possible international deal on Iran’s nuclear program: Read more»

Analysis: A leaked Mossad report suggests Israel's own spy agency disagrees on the threat posed by Iran. Read more»

Former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Dick Cheney says President Obama scrapped the Bush administration’s missile defense system in Europe “at the mere request” of Russian President Vladimir Putin. That’s false. Read more»

A state lawmaker seeks to require the Arizona Division of Emergency Management to tell Arizonans how to prepare for an electronic apocalypse. Read more»

Nearly 2,000 metric tons of dangerous nuclear materials remain spread across hundreds of sites around the globe — some of it poorly secured.

Nations around the globe have taken important steps over the past two years to safeguard nuclear weapons materials from potential thefts by terrorists, an expert Washington-based group concluded Jan. 8 in a comprehensive report. Read more»

A target missile blasts off from Kodiak Island, Alaska, for a tracking test involving radars and sensors on Feb. 24, 2006.

The Pentagon is repeatedly taking risks by using old or untested missile parts, and paying hundreds of millions of dollars in extra costs Read more»

U.S. President Barack Obama during a presidential portrait sitting for an official photograph in the Oval Office on December 6th, 2012.

President Obama disclosed in Berlin on June 19 that he has ordered the Pentagon to revise its plan for targeting America’s arsenal of nuclear weapons in wartime, a decision that opens the door to negotiated reductions in all three categories of these devastating weapons: strategic or long-range; tactical — meaning those deployed in Europe; and the large U.S. inventory of bombs and warheads held in reserve. Read more»

North Korean People's Army soldiers stand guard at the Military Demarcation Line at Panmungak.

North Korea said it was open to dialog with the US but that it would not return to the "humiliating negotiating table" until it has boosted its nuclear arsenal enough to fend off an American attack, the state news agency reported. Read more»

B61 Thermonuclear Bomb. The B61 nuclear bomb is designed for carriage by aircraft at supersonic flight speeds and is the primary thermonuclear weapon in the U.S. stockpile since the end of the Cold War.

The Obama administration will propose a deep cut in funding for nuclear nonproliferation programs at the Energy Department largely so it can boost the department’s spending to modernize its stockpile of nuclear weapons, according to officials familiar with the proposed 2014 federal budget to be unveiled Wednesday. Read more»

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