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  • Russia ratifies START nukes pact

    January 27, 2011 | 10:13 am

    Both houses of Russia’s parliament ratified the START nuclear arms reduction treaty.

    The upper house Federation Council ratified the treaty on Wednesday, a day after the Duma, the lower house.

    The U.S. Senate ratified the treaty in December, overcoming resistance from a faction within the Republican Party that said its terms were too loosely defined.

    The Obama administration solicited backing from Jewish groups for passage, saying it was critical to getting Russia’s cooperation in isolating Iran.

    The pact will reduce arsenals by about 30 percent.

  • Senate advances START treaty

    December 21, 2010 | 6:01 pm

    The U.S. Senate advanced a nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia that has been backed by a number of Jewish groups.

    The Senate on Tuesday voted 67-28 to end debate on ratifying the START treaty.

    The vote—56 in the Democratic caucus and 11 Republicans—was procedural but...

  • Why START matters less than people think

    December 15, 2010 | 5:18 pm

    A specter has been haunting Washington, D.C. — a Cold War-era ghost known as the START treaty.

    The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, signed by President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev last April to replace the previous treaty, which expired a year ago, is now at risk...

  • Why AIPAC should support START

    December 15, 2010 | 10:26 am

    AIPAC is in agony. It desperately wants to support the U.S.-Russia START treaty aimed at limiting nuclear warheads because the treaty would greatly advance Israel’s security.

    But it is afraid of defying right-wing Republicans in the Senate. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), in particular,...

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  • Jewish Dems press AIPAC on START

    December 1, 2010 | 10:49 am

    Top Jewish Democratic senators are pressing AIPAC to back the new START arms reduction treaty with Russia.

    Four Jewish groups already back Senate ratification of the treaty as a means of cajoling Russia into isolating Iran. Another has suggested that it could prove helpful, and one...

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