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Josh Rogin, Bloomberg: Obama's New Answers on Iran Fall Flat

Top Obama administration officials have released new details about how they would lift most sanctions against Iran. Those are unnerving some experts, who doubt the administration’s claims about the sanctions will hold up.

In speeches last week to a conference at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Vice President Joe Biden revealed new details about the end of most sanctions against Iran if a nuclear deal is reached. The officials also claimed that most of the sanctions, including multilateral sanctions, could be snapped back into place if Iran cheated, and they argued that giving Iran tens of billions of dollars in cash won’t dramatically increase Iran’s spending on terrorism and other nefarious activities.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 4, 2015

Our Hardliners, and Iran's -- Eli Lake, Bloomberg

The Iranian Leader's Bizarre Twitter Feed -- Michael J. Totten, World Crunch

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Life and Death of an Al Qaeda Spokesman -- Iona Craig, The Intercept

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