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The specific inspiration for weapons proliferation among vulnerable Third World states is the desire to have a nuclear deterrent against invasion or attack by the United States (or in the Iran case, Israel), or by some other nation in the future.

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President Barack Obama welcomed delegates from 47 nations to Tuesday's session of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC, with a tribute to the Polish representatives in attendance and a moment of silence for their loss before striking a note of warning (continued).

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Score one for President Barack Obama’s nuclear summit. The White House announced Monday that Ukraine will give up its entire stockpile of highly enriched uranium by 2012 and convert its research reactors to stop producing the stuff.

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This week will determine the shape of American politics for the next three years. No, that's not one of those journalistic exaggerations intended to catch your attention, although I hope it did.

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I've been trying, because I'd truly like to see health reform pass, to find something nice to say about President Obama's plans for a summit. Here's the best I could come up with: It can't hurt.

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A lot of hoopla, and even hope, went into this month's Copenhagen climate convention, and leaders from a slew of nations showed up to try to strike an agreement. So why wasn't a bigger, better deal reached by the end of their power huddle?

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Following Thursday's U.N. Security Council resolution aimed at halting nuclear proliferation, President Obama announced Friday that Iran has concealed a partly built second uranium enrichment plant. The Iranians admitted existence of the plant but asserted that it would be used only for peaceful purposes.

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Sure, some of the show of good will between President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, was glad-handing for the cameras, and that whole missile-shield issue was swept under the rug for the time being, but some actual progress was made during their summit in Moscow on Monday.

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