Iran's Nuclear Technology: Is There a Threat of War?
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The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency reports that Iran is still working on nuclear weapons technology. Will Israel launch a pre-emptive attack? Should the US be more assertive? Is diplomacy possible without new sanctions that might threaten Iran's central bank? Also voters in swing states send mixed message on President Obama's re-election prospects, and Penn State's football coach Joe Paterno won't face any charges, but sexual abuse by a former subordinate may have ended his storied career.
Banner image: A view of the water facility at Arak on January 15, 2011. Iran's atomic chief Ali Akbar Salehi told a group of foreign diplomat visiting the plant that Iran is pursuing its uranium enrichment work 'very strongly.' Photo by Hamid Foroutan/AFP/Getty Images
Voters Send Mixed Messages on Obama Re-Election Prospects ()
Results from yesterday's elections in two swing states are providing mixed messages about the prospects for President Obama's re-election next year. In Ohio, Republican Governor John Kasich acknowledged today that his anti-union efforts might have been "too much too soon." Michael Shear reports on politics for the New York Times, and is chief correspondent for its blog, The Caucus.
Iran's Nuclear Technology: Is There a Threat of War? ()
The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency is reporting "serious concerns" about Iran's ability to build an atomic bomb. There's still no evidence that it wants to. But it's still trying to develop technology that's only useful for nuclear weapons, and that it has enough enriched uranium to fuel a small arsenal, if it chooses to build one. It's also moving more projects to a chamber under a mountain. In Israel, there's public debate over whether it's time to attack. Is that likely? Would the US become involved? Will Iran engage in diplomacy if it faces a tough new round of economic sanctions?
- Julian Borger: Guardian of London, @julianborger
- Ari Shavit: Haaretz
- Joseph Cirincione: Ploughshares Fund, @Cirincione
- Ash Jain: Washington Institute for Near East Policy
State Football Coach Joe Paterno Retires amidst Scandal ()
Pennsylvania State University's long-time assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been charged with sexually abusing eight boys over a span of 15 years. Two top University officials are charged with perjury and failing to tell authorities what they knew, and Joe Paterno, one of the most successful coaches in college football history, says he'll resign at the end of this year. It's unclear if the University will even allow the 84-year-old icon to coach through this season. Michael Sanserino reports for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
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