US President Donald Trump speaks about the Iran deal from the Diplomatic Reception room of the White House

President Donald Trump speaks about the Iran deal from the Diplomatic Reception room of the White House / Getty Images

A policy expert at an off-the-record briefing for Capitol Hill staffers on Monday sponsored by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, slammed Trump administration efforts to crackdown on Iran and advocated in favor of closer ties with the Islamic Republic, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the conversation.

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Franken Edited Out of PBS Letterman Tribute Special

Democratic Sen. Al Franken (Minn.) has been edited out of “David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize special” just days after he was accused of sexual misconduct.

Trump Renews Call for Wall After Border Agent Is Killed

US-Mexican border fence at Playas de Tijuana

President Donald Trump renewed his call for a wall on the southern border after U.S. Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez was killed and his partner injured while on patrol Sunday.

The Word in Time and Space

Of the Bible’s significance, nothing can be added to two sentences at the heart of Deuteronomy’s Shema. “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”

JMU to Offer ‘Black Lives Matter’ Course Examining ‘Human Rights in the Era of a New Jim Crow’

Black Lives Matter

A course titled “Black Lives Matter” (BLM) that examines the controversial movement’s strategies “to defend human rights in the era of a New Jim Crow” will be offered this spring at Virginia’s James Madison University (JMU).

Um, Tell Me What You Mean

It’s like, you know, hard to speak quickly and fluently. To patter on without fillers and pauses. Without ums and ahhs. The testimony of practiced speakers—from political orators to the folks who get up at meetings of Toastmasters International—is that these dribbled bits of linguistic grouting can be scrubbed from speech, if we put in the work to teach ourselves to avoid them.

Franken Edited Out of PBS Letterman Tribute Special

Democratic Sen. Al Franken (Minn.) has been edited out of “David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize special” just days after he was accused of sexual misconduct.

Trump Renews Call for Wall After Border Agent Is Killed

US-Mexican border fence at Playas de Tijuana

President Donald Trump renewed his call for a wall on the southern border after U.S. Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez was killed and his partner injured while on patrol Sunday.