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  • Obama and Congress reach deal over Iran nuclear talks

    04/14/2015 2:50:54 PM PDT · by keat · 92 replies
    BBC News ^ | 04/14/15 | staff
    The US Congress will have a say on a nuclear deal with Iran, under a new agreement reached with the White House. President Barack Obama withdrew his opposition to a bipartisan bill that was unanimously passed through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The bill means the administration must immediately send text of a final deal to Congress. An outline agreement on the future shape of Iran's nuclear programme was reached after marathon talks in April. The US, Iran, and four other nations have set a deadline of 30 June to finalise a deal which would ease western sanctions in exchange...
  • Steinitz: Iran deal won’t provide insurance for even a year unless loopholes closed

    04/07/2015 10:29:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 4/7/15 | TOVAH LAZAROFF
    The framework deal with Iran doesn’t even provide safety for a year, Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Tuesday. He was reacting to a media blitz by US President Barack Obama assuring the public that the agreement would curb Tehran’s nuclear program for over a decade. Obama “says we have insurance here for 10 years, but I say we don’t have insurance here for even one or two years unless the loopholes are closed, and only then could it become a more reasonable agreement,” Steinitz said, adding that “I wouldn’t trust this [deal] if it was home insurance, and...
  • Iran nuke deal: “Everything Netanyahu warned about has turned out to be true”

    04/07/2015 6:30:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 4/7/15 | William A. Jacobson
    There is no Iran nuke “deal,” but whatever there is to the framework, even Obama now admits it paves Iran’s path to the bomb, albeit on a delayed fuse, as AP reports, Obama says Iran could cut nuke time to near zero in 13 years: Defending an emerging nuclear deal, President Barack Obama said Iran would be kept a year away from obtaining a nuclear weapon for more than a decade, but conceded Tuesday that the buffer period could shrink to almost nothing after 13 or more years. Obama, whose top priority at the moment is to sell the framework...
  • 'I don't read Farsi': State Department spokeswoman brushes off claims - Iran is misrepresenting

    04/04/2015 5:32:27 AM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/03/15 | Francesca Chambers
    'I don't read Farsi': State Department spokeswoman brushes off claims that Iran is misrepresenting terms of nuclear deal Within hours of a formal announcement that the United States, Iran and a group of five other world powers had brokered a deal keep Iran obtaining an atomic bomb in exchange for the relief of certain sanctions, cracks began to appear in the tediously negotiated preliminary agreement. The United States insisted in public statements and a fact sheet on the deal that sanctions on the country would be 'suspended' or 'phased' out over time after a final deal is inked while leaving...
  • Top Dems voice 'great skepticism' over Iran nuclear deal (trust Hussein?)

    04/03/2015 8:31:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/02/15 | Mike Lillis
    Several top Democrats are voicing grave reservations over the Obama administration's emerging deal governing the future of Iran's nuclear program. Reps. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) said they welcome a discussion on the framework agreement unveiled Thursday, but harbor deep doubts that the Iranians can be trusted to make good on their commitments. "I greet any deal with Iran with great skepticism given its deceptive history and ongoing destabilizing and dangerous activities," Deutch, the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs subpanel on the Middle East, said in a statement. "I remain deeply concerned as to how a...
  • Pew poll: Heavy majority thinks Congress,

    03/30/2015 4:56:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    A heavy majority, but maybe not heavy enough. If McConnell can’t muster more than 62 votes in the Senate to override an Obama veto of whatever Congress chooses passes. we’ll be stuck with this Iran sh*tburger until January 2017 at the earliest. And probably much longer than that, if we’re being honest. Nice to see President Overreach get a rebuke in the polls, though. Which is different from expecting any sort of meaningful public backlash if he makes a deal over Congress’s objections.At first glance that looks like a neatly consistent result. Americans favor giving their representatives the final say...
  • Travel Schedules Suggest Iran ‘Deal’ To Be Staged Sunday

    03/26/2015 2:12:26 PM PDT · by drewh · 18 replies
    Breitbart National Security ^ | 3/26/15 | Joel Pollak
    <p>Travel schedules of Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif suggest that the parties may gather for a “signing” ceremony on Sunday, March 29 in Lausanne, Switzerland.</p> <p>Omri Ceren, press director at The Israel Project, told reporters via email from Switzerland: “Rumors are swirling about a deal as early as Sunday the 29th: Lavrov is slated to fly in for the 27th-29th, Kerry is supposed to be in Boston on the 30th, and the Iranians are talking about where they want to move the talks for the signing ceremony.”</p>
  • Obama’s Deal With a Cheating Iran: What to do when Iran violates its promises as she usually does?

    03/16/2015 7:38:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/16/2015 | Joseph Puder
    In an interview with CBS-TV on Saturday, March 7, 2015, President Barrack Obama stated, “If we cannot verify that they (Iranians) are not going to obtain nuclear weapons, that there is a breakout period so that even if they cheated we would be able to have enough time to take action – if we don’t have that kind of deal, then we’re not going to take it.” The Islamic Republic of Iran signed on to the United Nations (UN) Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) on July 1, 1968, then on May 15, 1974, signed the NPT’s Safeguard Agreement with the UN International...
  • IRAN REJECTS OBAMA’S NUCLEAR DEAL

    03/03/2015 6:23:17 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 31 replies
    Allen West Republic ^ | 3-3-15 | Allen West Republic
    Iran is still getting the final say. Not the United States, not Israel…… but Iran. When did the greatest super power in the world let a terrorist regime dictate a nuclear deal? When? 2009 When Barack Hussein Obama took office. Bowing down to diplomats worldwide. Apologizing to countries for no reason at all and making us the laughing stock of the world. This president and his administration are doing exactly what they said they would do “fundamentally transforming” the greatest and freest nation on the globe.
  • Reports of possible deal on DHS funding reignites chatter about Boehner ouster

    03/01/2015 6:24:38 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/1/15 | Chad Pergram
    Multiple reports that House Speaker John Boehner has cut a deal to pass a long-term funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security without ties to rolling back President Obama’s executive action on immigration has reignited rumblings about a Boehner coup.
  • Iran: A Bad Deal Is (Much) Worse than No Deal

    02/26/2015 1:42:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/26/15 | Robert Joseph, William Tobey
    The Obama administration’s negotiations over nuclear matters are a disaster. The administration’s defenders are vigorously rebutting allegations that President Obama has made too many concessions in the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. Their defense is a simple statement of fact: There is no agreement yet, so how can the critics be right? They assert that we must wait until the outcome is agreed upon before we can assess it. The concern, however, is both bipartisan and international — with many Democrats voicing alarm and with Israel and the Arab states alike frustrated that a seemingly desperate administration has placed Iran’s...
  • Mark Levin inks 5-year radio deal, readies for 2016 election

    01/29/2015 5:06:29 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/29/2015 | Paul Bedard
    Celebrated conservative radio talker Mark Levin has cut a long-term extension with Westwood One-Cumulus, meaning one of the nation’s most influential talk show hosts will be on the air for another five years, well past the upcoming 2016 presidential election. Westwood One announced the contract extension for “The Mark Levin Show” through 2020 Thursday morning. They called Levin, a legal scholar who also runs Landmark Legal Foundation, “one of the most trusted voices in radio.” Five-year contracts are rare in the media. Levin started on radio in 2002 and his current show was launched on WABC in New York. He...
  • Indiana Governor to Expand Medicaid Coverage

    01/27/2015 8:28:17 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 12 replies
    WSJ ^ | 01/27/2015 | LOUISE RADNOFSKY
    Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence is moving ahead to extend Medicaid coverage to hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers under the federal health law after securing a key concession from the Obama administration. The deal, to be announced Tuesday, could pave the way for half a dozen more states to seek similar deals, boosting Medicaid expansion proposals in Republican-led states including Florida, North Carolina and Wyoming. Indiana and Washington officials had been locked for months in negotiations over an issue that could shape the future of Medicaid, the 50-year-old federal-state health program that covers more than 60 million low-income Americans. Mr....
  • Boehner, Republicans Blast Surprise Obama-China Climate Deal

    11/12/2014 12:38:58 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 56 replies
    NewsMax ^ | November 12, 2014 | AFP
    House Speaker John Boehner warned that President Barack Obama was waging a "crusade" against affordable energy after the United States and China reached agreement Wednesday on curbing greenhouse gas emissions. "This announcement is yet another sign that the president intends to double down on his job-crushing policies no matter how devastating the impact for America's heartland and the country as a whole," Boehner said after Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping inked a landmark agreement at a summit in Beijing. "It is the latest example of the president's crusade against affordable, reliable energy that is already hurting jobs and...
  • Was Bergdahl Addicted to Heroin? Why is he Being Sequestered? Detox?

    06/10/2014 10:30:00 AM PDT · by mgist · 35 replies
    Savinggraceatguantanamobay.com ^ | 6/9/14 | MJ Granger
    Was Bergdahl Addicted to Heroin? Why is he Being Sequestered? Detox? While serving at the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as an Army Captain, and the ranking U.S. Army Medical Department officer with the Joint Detainee Operations Group, in February 2002, I was aware of a detainee we called “Wild Bill” who came to us from Afghanistan a drug addicted schizophrenic. It took us a while to figure out what his problems were. We were distracted by his bizarre behavior: eating his flip flops, hanging objects from his genitals, making strange, random sounds, and, like many other...
  • Senate Democrats who trumpeted Bergdahl deal go silent

    06/03/2014 6:01:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | June 3, 2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    I want you to go over to The Weekly Standard for John McCormack’s and Mike Warren’s work on this, but here’s a taste: “You know, I think, um, let me hold off on that,” said Bernie Sanders of Vermont. “All I’ve heard is what I’ve read in the press,” said Vermont’s senior senator Pat Leahy. Sen. Claire McCaskill, who crowed about the deal on the Sunday shows, is now very interested in the intel briefing she’s to receive tomorrow. That’d be the briefing she should have gotten some 32 days before she went on the Sunday shows to make grand...
  • Georgia Governor: Carter (D) 48%, Deal (R) 41%

    05/29/2014 10:38:45 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 35 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 05-26-2014 | Scott Rasmussen
    Incumbent Republican Nathan Deal trails Democratic challenger Jason Carter by seven points in Rasmussen Reports’ first look at the Georgia gubernatorial race. A new statewide telephone survey of Likely Georgia Voters finds Carter with 48% support to Deal’s 41%. Three percent (3%) like another candidate in the race, while seven percent (7%) are undecided.
  • GOP lawmaker demands Obama release text of (secret) Iran nuclear deal

    02/14/2014 4:33:39 AM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/13/14 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) this week called on President Obama to release the text of the Iran nuclear agreement. That agreement, which took effect in January, requires Iran to reduce its uranium enrichment activities in return for a loosening of international sanctions. But Ros-Lehtinen, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, said Congress has no way to judge its implementation, unless it has a copy of the agreement. "In order for Congress to properly perform its oversight functions and for the American people and our allies to have a full and open debate...
  • White House Seeks to Bypass Congress on Iran Deal, Aims to unilaterally unwind sanctions laws

    01/21/2014 10:20:59 AM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 1/21/14 | Adam Kredo
    The White House has been exploring ways to circumvent Congress and unilaterally lift sanctions on Iran once a final nuclear agreement is reached, according to sources with knowledge of White House conversations and congressional insiders familiar with its strategy. The issue of sanctions relief has become one of the key sticking points in the Iran debate, with lawmakers pushing for increased economic penalties and the White House fighting to roll back regulations. While many in Congress insist that only the legislative branch can legally repeal sanctions, senior White House officials have been examining strategies to skirt Congress, according to those...
  • Iran to Receive $550 Million on February 1

    01/12/2014 9:25:21 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/1/14 | Elad Benari
    Iran will receive the first $550 million installment of a total of $4.2 billion in previously blocked overseas funds on or about February 1, a senior U.S. official told Reuters on Sunday. The money will be transferred to Iran as part of the implementation of the nuclear deal reached with it in Geneva on November 24. Earlier Sunday, President Barack Obama confirmed that the agreement would be implemented starting January 20. Under the agreement, six major powers agreed to give Iran access to $4.2 billion in revenues blocked overseas if it carries out the deal, which offers sanctions relief in...
  • US deal will trade off 'Jewish' Israel for 1967 lines -- report

    12/29/2013 5:12:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 12/29/13 | Elhanan Miller
    US Secretary of State John Kerry will offer Israeli and Palestinian negotiators a political trade-off: Israeli recognition of the 1967 lines as a basis for the future Palestinian state, in return for Palestinian recognition of Israel as the state of the Jewish people, Palestinian sources told the Saudi daily Al-Watan on Sunday. According to the sources, the mutual recognition will constitute the core of a framework agreement to be signed by the end of January, and negotiated in greater detail during the following months. "The coming weeks will be difficult for the Palestinian and Israeli sides, since they will need...
  • Two and a Half Cheers for Ryan-Murray

    12/18/2013 9:29:30 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 12-18-13 | Peter Farrara
    y life’s work is devoted to cutting the federal government in half. In fact, I have published detailed plans regarding how to do that (it’s called entitlement reform), in far too many places already (just a start on what needs to be done), including in my 2011 book, America’s Ticking Bankruptcy Bomb (HarperCollins), in this column, and with every free market think tank tuned in to the real world. In fact, I’m probably the only person in Washington who thinks the legislation that would have that effect over the long run can and quite possibly will be enacted within the...
  • Paul Ryan says Marco Rubio should 'read the deal and get back to me'

    12/12/2013 10:20:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 138 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/12/2013 | Rebecca Shabad
    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday pushed back on criticism to the budget agreement reached with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), saying he wants Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to "read the deal and get back to me." In a post on Breitbart.com on Wednesday, Rubio wrote that the deal would continue to “make it harder for Americans to achieve the American dream.” Ryan was asked on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”on Thursday what he would say to Rubio. “Read the deal and get back to me,” Ryan said. Rubio was one of the first lawmakers to express opposition to the budget, even before...
  • White House: Iranian Ballistic Missile Test Not a Deal Killer

    12/11/2013 4:12:31 PM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 12/11/13 | Adam Kredo
    The White House says that an Iranian ballistic missile test would not invalidate a recently signed nuclear accord meant to temporarily halt some of Iran’s most controversial nuclear work. The White House clarified its stance just days before Iran is scheduled to launch another ballistic missile some 75 miles into the atmosphere. The statement contradicts recent remarks indicating that such a test would in fact violate and nullify the weeks-old agreement, which provides Iran with some $7 billion in relief from economic sanctions in exchange for a partial six-month freeze of its uranium enrichment program.
  • Half of Ryan-Murray Budget Cuts Don't Happen Until 2022

    12/11/2013 11:21:14 AM PST · by bestintxas · 48 replies
    breitbart ^ | 12/11/13 | m flynn
    The budget deal announced Tuesday by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) would boost federal spending by around $65 billion over the next two years. This new spending is offset by increasing user fees, boosting pension contributions by federal employees and the military, and other minor changes. Ryan and Murray also say that the deal will reduce the deficit by $23 billion over the next 10 years. This reduction, however, doesn't start until 2022. According to a 4-page summary document of the deal obtained by Breitbart News, "[t]he budget proposal saves $28 billion over ten years by...
  • TODAY’S BUDGET AGREEMENT: GOOD POLITICS, MAYBE, BUT NOT GOOD POLICY

    12/11/2013 8:44:28 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 6 replies
    Powerline ^ | December 10, 2013 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    The Democrats hated the sequester, and have been trying to bust it ever since it went into effect. Today, they succeeded. The Ryan/Murray deal pegs FY 2014 spending at $1.012 trillion, which Ryan’s press release described as “about halfway between the Senate budget level of $1.058 trillion and the House budget level of $967 billion.” What Ryan didn’t say is that $967 billion isn’t just the House proposal, it is the discretionary spending limit under current law. The sequester is now out the window. Republicans did get something in exchange for increasing spending: notably, federal employees will have to increase...
  • Some Thoughts on the Budget Deal

    12/11/2013 10:10:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/11/2013 | Yuval Levin
    The actual text of the Ryan-Murray budget deal came out late last night, so it’s only now possible to really consider the particulars and see how it looks. It seems to me that the details look a fair bit better than the general outline that had been reported in the press over the past week or so, particularly on the question of whether the entitlement cuts that would replace some discretionary sequester cuts could be expected to actually materialize. As it stands, this strikes me as more or less a very small-scale version of the sort of thing that Republicans...
  • Kerry: Iran Deal Will Make Israel More Secure

    12/07/2013 5:16:37 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 41 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/12/13 | Elad Benari
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday defended the nuclear deal signed in Geneva between the West and Iran. Speaking at the Saban Forum in Washington, Kerry said his country would “not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon. Not now, not ever.” .....
  • Iran Nuclear Deal Raises Fears of Proliferation Among Arab States

    11/30/2013 1:04:48 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/29/13 | Jay Solomon
    WASHINGTON—The Obama administration is hailing the accord with Iran as a victory in its campaign to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, but the deal is already feeding concerns of Arab governments and some proliferation experts that it could have the opposite effect. They worry it could instead fuel the spread of dangerous technologies across the Middle East and Asia. At issue is the agreement's acceptance of Iran's demand that at the end of a broader diplomatic process, the country will likely retain some ability to permanently produce nuclear fuel through the enrichment of uranium.
  • Obama Told Netanyahu: Don't be So Vocal About Iran Deal

    11/28/2013 8:11:19 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/11/13 | Elad Benari
    U.S. President Barack Obama has reportedly asked Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to stop being so vocal with his criticism of the deal reached between Iran and the West, reports The Washington Post. The newspaper’s columnist David Ignatius wrote on Thursday, “Obama has asked Netanyahu to take a breather from his clamorous criticism and send to Washington a team that can explore with U.S. officials a sound end-state strategy.” .....
  • Why Obama’s Iran Nuke Deal Is a Good Thing

    11/26/2013 6:56:55 AM PST · by SJackson · 26 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 25, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Obama was never going to stop Iran from going nuclear, but his promises gave people who should have known better, including American Jewish leaders and the Prime Minister of Israel, the idea that he would stand firm. “Iran’s leaders should understand that I do not have a policy of containment; I have a policy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” Obama said last year. “Rest assured that the Iranian government will know our resolve and that our coordination with Israel will continue.” Instead Obama reached a secret deal to relax Iran sanctions and accept an Iranian nuclear program...
  • It's 1938 all over again

    11/25/2013 6:14:29 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 18 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 11/25/2013 | Melanie Phillips
    When Hassan Rouhani was elected President of Iran, western leaders declared, in the teeth of stark evidence to the contrary, that this man was a reformer. So they rushed to do a deal with him over Iran's nuclear program, considered by the west to be a threat to the free world. But Rouhani does not run Iran. The man who actually calls the shots — the only man who matters — is Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. Earlier this week, Khamenei said the Jews of Israel 'cannot be called humans, they are like animals, some of them' and that Israel...
  • PM Netanyahu says Iran deal a "historic mistake"

    11/24/2013 6:43:55 AM PST · by Amerisraelhere · 28 replies
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu characterized the agreement signed with Iran early Sunday morning as a historic mistake. Directly contrasting US President Barack Obama who praised the agreement as opening a "new path toward a world that is more secure," Netanyahu – speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting -- said the world has become more dangerous as a result.
  • Bennett: ‘Bad’ Iran deal increases need for military action (will Israel strike?)

    11/23/2013 9:03:36 PM PST · by Dave346 · 26 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 23, 2013, 9:07 pm
    Economics minister and Jewish Home leader says Israel cannot ‘sit idly by’ while world allows Iran to be 6 weeks from the bomb Economics and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) said Saturday that a “bad deal” with Iran on curbing its nuclear program would “increase the need for Israeli [military] action.” “If there will be a deal which would allow Iran to have the ability to ‘break out’ and build a bomb within six weeks, we cannot sit idly by in this situation and we will examine all the options,” Bennett told Channel 2 Saturday evening.
  • US 'Will Force' Israel-PA Deal; Report: US will lay down its own outline for an accord in January,

    11/04/2013 12:46:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 46 replies
    inn ^ | 11/4/13 | Gil Ronen
    The United States intends to try and force a peace agreement on Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), IDF Radio reported Monday. The radio station says the US has informed Israel and the Palestinian Authority that if negotiations between them do not advance, Washington will propose its own solution, that will include a US position on every point that is in contention. In effect, according to the report, this will be an attempt to force the sides to agree on a solution formulated by the US. MK Zehava Galon (Meretz) was quoted as saying Monday that senior US officials told...
  • Report: US mulls letting Iran keep uranium enrichment facilities in nuclear deal

    10/14/2013 11:28:03 PM PDT · by Netz · 12 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | October 15, 2013 | MICHAEL WILNER, TOVAH LAZAROFF
    As Geneva talks set to begin, 'Wall Street Journal' reports that Obama administration weighing compromise by which Iran would maintain some enrichment facilities for civilian purposes; Israel, Saudis oppose move. US President Barack Obama is considering the possibility of allowing Iran to keep uranium enrichment facilities on its soil, presumably for peaceful purposes, as part of a deal with Tehran over its disputed nuclear program, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. The report came as talks between Iran and world powers on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program were set to resume in Geneva on Tuesday morning. Both Israel and...
  • Potential Senate Deal Would Fund US to Jan. 15, Raise Ceiling Through Feb. 15

    10/14/2013 2:09:08 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10-14-13 | Mary Bruce,Ed Delaney
    The latest outline of a potential Senate deal to end the fiscal impasse and government shutdown calls for keeping the government funded until Jan. 15 and raising the debt limit through Feb. 15, congressional aides told ABC News today. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are spearheading the negotiations as the White House postponed a planned afternoon meeting with congressional leaders to give them time to do their work. It is still a moving target, but the plan is the framework for what McConnell and Reid believe could make a deal -- "and avoid repeating...
  • Obama Tells Federal Employees He'll "Keep Working With Congress" to Reach a Deal

    10/07/2013 12:55:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 10/7/13 | Katie Pavlich
    In a letter sent to U.S. Government workers affected by the shutdown on October 1, President Obama told federal employees he will continue to work with Congress in order to get them back to work, thanked them for their service and blamed House Republicans for the government shutdown. "To the dedicated and hard-working employees of the United States Government: The Federal Government is America's largest employer, with more than 2 million civilian workers and 1.4 million active duty military who serve in all 50 States and around the world. But Congress has failed to meet its responsibility to pass a...
  • Netanyahu Is Said to View Iran Deal as a Possible Trap

    09/22/2013 10:16:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    NYT ^ | 9/22/13 | MARK LANDLER
    WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, stepping up his effort to blunt a diplomatic offensive by Iran, plans to warn the United Nations next week that a nuclear deal with the Iranian government could be a trap similar to one set by North Korea eight years ago, according to an Israeli official involved in drafting the speech. Mr. Netanyahu is scheduled to address the General Assembly next Tuesday, a week after President Obama and Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, are to speak at the United Nations. But the Israeli government, clearly rattled by the sudden talk of a...
  • Candy Crowley: ´Who Cares´ if Putin Gained from Syria Deal?

    09/15/2013 11:47:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/15/13 | Staff
    CNN´s "State of the Union" host Candy Crowley asked House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers whether it makes any difference that Vladimir Putin and Russia got the upper hand over the U.S. in the deal struck on Syria´s chemical weapons.
  • White House Proclaims "Exceptional" Obama Deserves Credit For Any Syrian Deal

    09/12/2013 12:55:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 9/12/13 | Tyler Durden
    t will likely come as no surprise but the political one-up-manship continues as the Obama White House try to rescue themselves from a face-melting Putin Op-Ed... As Politico reports, WH press secretary Jay Carney stated: “If we were to see a situation unfold where Assad were to give up his chemical weapons to international supervision that would be an enormous accomplishment ... would be due to the decisions made by the Russian leadership but also the decisions made by the United States, by the president, to take the approach he has taken in response to the horrifying use of chemical...
  • Syria says yes to Russia-inspired chemical weapon deal

    09/10/2013 5:24:07 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 46 replies
    Syria on Tuesday said the government would take the deal proposed by Russia to turn over its chemical weapons cache to international control, the nation’s foreign minister said. “[Monday] we held a round of very fruitful negotiations with Russian Foreign Minister Serge[y] Lavrov and he put forward an initiative regarding chemical weapons. Already in the evening we accepted Russia’s initiative,” said Walid Muallem, the foreign minister, in a statement reported by Russian news and picked up by USA Today
  • Obama offers Assad secret deal, Sets 4 conditions to avert U.S. attack on Syria

    09/08/2013 5:54:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 83 replies
    wnd ^ | 9/8/13 | Aaron Klein
    NEW YORK – On the eve of a critical Capitol Hill discussion on Syria and two days before his address to the nation, President Obama has offered Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a way out of any U.S. bombing campaign. Informed Middle Eastern intelligence officials tell WND the U.S. passed a message to Assad through Russia offering a deal that would ensure against U.S. military action if the Syrian leader agrees to the following terms: Serious political reforms that will result in free and fair presidential elections. Assad will not be allowed to run in future presidential elections and agrees to...
  • Allred: 'No Pay-Off for Filner in Deal' (The RAT perp gets paid?)

    08/22/2013 3:47:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    8/22/13 | Monica Garske
    With embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s resignation on the horizon, some of the women leading the charge say they don't want Filner's resignation to come at the expense of San Diego taxpayers. Filner has agreed to resign as part of a deal reached this week in mediation with city officials, NBC 7 News learned on Thursday. The deal requires approval of the City Council in closed session Friday, which has some speculating the city may be asked to pay Filner’s defense fees in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by his former employee, Irene McCormack Jackson. Her attorney Gloria Allred...
  • A-G: Netanyahu Denies Terrorists-for-Housing Deal

    08/22/2013 9:34:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    inn ^ | 8/22/13 | Gil Ronen
    Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has denied reports that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett have struck a deal in which the government will release terrorist murderers as a “gesture” to the Palestinian Authority in “peace talks,” and also approve construction of a large number of housing units for Jews inJudea and Samaria. MK Merav Michaeli (Labor) demanded that Weinstein instruct the prime minister to make the alleged agreement public, but Weinstein replied to her and said that no such deal exists. “After checking the matter vis-a-vis the prime minister's office, it has been verified that there...
  • Bombing Suspect Could Get Plea Deal, Avoid Death Penalty

    04/30/2013 8:04:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 4/30/13 | Paul Scicchitano
    NBC News is reporting that attorneys for accused Boston Marathon Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are discussing a possible deal in which federal prosecutors might consider waiving the death penalty in exchange for a “full accounting” of the attack that left three people dead and 264 people injured. Citing legal sources, correspondent Pete Williams reported on “NBC Nightly News” that prosecutors and lawyers for Tsarnaev “have begun very early discussions about a possible deal in which he could avoid the death penalty in return for a full accounting to the FBI of what happened and why as investigators continue working to...
  • VICTORY: Georgia Governor Signs Expansion of Illegal Alien Crackdown Law (SB160)

    04/26/2013 1:40:31 PM PDT · by montag813 · 16 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 04-26-2013 | John Hill
    Way to go, Peach State! Gov. Nathan Deal yesterday signed S.B. 160 - a tough expansion of Georgia's H.B. 87, the Arizona-style law cracking down on illegal aliens, which passed in 2011. The La Raza lobby was left stunned and upset, believing Deal would bend to the prevailing GOP pressure for immigration appeasement in Washington, and veto it. They were sadly mistaken. Passed in the final hours of the General Assembly’s 40-day session - and despite fierce lobbying against it by ethnic intimidation groups, big business interests, and the ACLU - Senate Bill 160 was created to "fix" problems in licensing...
  • Obama: Sequester (his idea) would deal 'huge blow to middle-class families'

    02/09/2013 7:04:53 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/09/13 | Justin Sink
    President Obama warned in his weekly address that the sequester would deal a "huge blow to middle-class families and our economy as a whole" and urged Congress to strike a compromise deal to avert the $85 billion in automatic cuts. "There’s certainly no reason that middle-class families and small businesses should suffer just because Washington couldn’t come together and eliminate a few special-interest tax loopholes, or government programs that just don’t work," Obama said. "At a time when economists and business leaders from across the spectrum have said that our economy is poised for progress, we shouldn’t allow self-inflicted wounds...
  • Why All The Green Pork In A Deal Meant To Avoid The Fiscal Cliff?

    01/15/2013 6:39:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/15/2014 | Robert Bradley Jr.
    When President Obama’s autopen turned the fiscal cliff deal into law, Americans might have thought that the federal government had begun to walk down the road to a balanced budget. But the 157-page American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 is business-as-usual. The backroom deal, chiefly engineered by Vice President Biden, fed the special-interest well while leaving the federal budget in crisis. The final bill includes some $68 billion in favors over the next ten years. The fiscal irresponsibility continues unabated. A look at the energy provisions alone shows why. For starters, the cliff deal renewed the twenty-years-and-counting “temporary” tax credit...
  • Trump on Bill Mahr’s $5 million pledge: ‘I’ll sue him’

    01/11/2013 10:17:28 AM PST · by SmileRight · 33 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 1/11/2012 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    With his usual flair, Donald Trump set the record straight on his feud with Bill Mahr, the Miss Alabama controversy, the recent handling of the fiscal crisis by Congress and the next presidential election, in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity. Trump explained that Mahr had appeared on the Jay Leno Show, said that Trump had been “spawned by orangutans” and made an offer of $5 million for Trump to produce his birth certificate. Since the money would go to charity, Trump accepted the offer and produced legal paperwork required to fulfill the obligations. “Why is it that somebody...