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9:51 am
Wed March 28, 2012

New Republic: Syrian-Americans Are Uniting

Nahida Al Khairat holds a protest sign during a demonstration against the Syrian regime in front of the CNN Los Angeles building on June 3, 2011 in Los Angeles, Calif.
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Originally published on Wed March 28, 2012 6:42 am

Nick Robins-Early is an intern at The New Republic.

Among the greatest fears sparked by the ongoing conflict in Syria is that the country will soon be irreconcilably divided, with sectarian groups implacably pitted against one another in an open civil war. Indeed, there's no doubting that the Syrian population comprises various ethnic and religious groups, each with its own grievances. But at a rally attended by hundreds of Syrian immigrants last Saturday, I heard a very different message about the Syrian-American community.

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Opinion
9:51 am
Wed March 28, 2012

The Nation: Press Obama On Defense Cuts

US M1A1 tanks of 11th Armor Cavalry Regiment from the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, US, are loaded onto trains at Camp Carroll in Waegwan, southeast of Seoul on March 3, 2011.
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Originally published on Wed March 28, 2012 7:01 am

George Zornick is a writer for The Nation.

Ask any defense lobbyist in Washington — spending on defense is threatened like no time in recent memory. Under the Budget Control Act, the budget for defense will be subject to a strict cap (a process known as sequestration) beginning in 2014 and lasting until 2021. This would necessarily create steep, across-the-board reductions in defense spending.

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Opinion
9:51 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Weekly Standard: The Party Of National Security

Four F-16's fly over during the national anthem before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 4, 2012 in Avondale, Arizona.
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Originally published on Wed March 28, 2012 7:01 am

Jamie M. Fly is a writer for The Weekly Standard.

President Obama's budget cuts defense by $487 billion over the next ten years. Furthermore, the president has not led an effort to avoid an additional $500 billion of cuts under the so-called "sequestration," which will likely result in what Obama's secretary of defense predicts will be "smallest ground force since 1940, the smallest number of ships since 1915, and the smallest Air Force in its history."

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Opinion
9:50 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Foreign Policy: Eating Cinnabon In Damascus

Syrians hold up the national flag as they line the street as the coffins of some 27 people who were killed in two bomb blasts the previous day leave the Othman mosque following their funeral service in Damascus on March 18, 2012.
Louai Beshara AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 28, 2012 6:43 am

Katie Paul is a Beirut-based journalist and former Fulbright fellow in Damascus.

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Sports
9:49 am
Wed March 28, 2012

The 'Illegal Procedure' Of Paying College Athletes

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Originally published on Wed March 28, 2012 12:09 pm

In a stunning piece published in Sports Illustrated in 2010, former sports agent Josh Luchs admitted to paying money and providing other benefits to college athletes, in clear violation of NCAA and NFL Players Association rules. Luchs, who represented more than 60 NFL athletes over the course of his career, named more than 30 former players who allegedly accepted money or other benefits while still enrolled at universities around the country.

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