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U.S. Opposes New Draft Treaty from
China and Russia Banning Space Weapons

Washington Free Beacon, by Bill Gertz

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 6/19/2014 5:03:46 AM

The United States is opposing a new draft treaty submitted to the United Nations last week by China and Russia that seeks legally binding curbs on weapons in space amid concerns that both states are secretly building space arms. The draft treaty—updated from a 2008 version—cannot be verified, according to Frank A. Rose, deputy assistant secretary of state for arms control, verification, and compliance. “The United States believes that arms control proposals and concepts should only be considered by the international community if they are equitable, effectively verifiable, and enhance the security of all,” Rose told a June 10 session in Geneva

      


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U.S. Opposes New Draft Treaty from
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Washington Free Beacon, by Bill Gertz    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/19/2014 5:03:46 AM     Post Reply
The United States is opposing a new draft treaty submitted to the United Nations last week by China and Russia that seeks legally binding curbs on weapons in space amid concerns that both states are secretly building space arms. The draft treaty—updated from a 2008 version—cannot be verified, according to Frank A. Rose, deputy assistant secretary of state for arms control, verification, and compliance. “The United States believes that arms control proposals and concepts should only be considered by the international community if they are equitable, effectively verifiable, and enhance the security of all,” Rose told a June 10 session in Geneva

   

 

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Editor´s note: Michael Gerson
replaces George Will
Post-Dispatch [St. Louis, MO], by Editors    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/19/2014 4:43:02 AM     Post Reply
Dear Post-Dispatch readers, Starting today, Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson replaces George Will on Thursdays and Sundays. (Snip)We believe that Mr. Gerson’s commitment to “compassionate conservatism” and his roots in St. Louis will better connect with our readers, regardless of their political bent. The change has been under consideration for several months, but a column published June 5, in which Mr. Will suggested that sexual assault victims on college campuses enjoy a privileged status, made the decision easier. The column was offensive and inaccurate; we apologize for publishing it.

Justina Pelletier´s legal nightmare
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Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/19/2014 4:27:11 AM     Post Reply
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Washington - The contest for the No. 3 spot in the House GOP has turned into conservatives´ last, best shot at joining the congressional leadership after getting shut out of the two top jobs in the shake-up that followed Majority Leader Eric Cantor´s surprise primary defeat. It´s become an intense intramural clash with no certain outcome, as two candidates from different ideological outposts and regions of the country - a conservative Southerner and an establishment-aligned Midwesterner - are challenged by a third who could play the role of spoiler for tea party hopes. All three - Reps. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, Peter Roskam of



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