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  • Obama: Under My Presidency, U.S. ‘The Most Respected Country In The World’ [VIDEO]

    06/01/2015 3:01:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 63 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/1/15 | Al Weaver
    President Barack Obama said Monday that his administration has lifted the U.S. to become “the most respected country in the world.” Obama made the claim during a discussion with Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Fellows at the White House. PRESIDENT OBAMA: People don’t remember, but when I came into office, the United States in world opinion ranked below China and just barley above Russia, and today once again, the United States is the most respected country on earth, and part of that I think is because of the work we did to reengage the world and say that we want...
  • White House: John Kerry Bicycle Accident Will Alter Nuclear Talks With Iran (no replacement named)

    06/01/2015 2:25:18 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 57 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 Jun 2015 | by Charlie Spiering
    Secretary of State John Kerry’s severe bicycle accident might have foreign policy implications. He recently broke his leg while cycling in Switzerland. When asked by reporters about the accident, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest admitted that nuclear talks with Iran would be affected by the accident, but reassured them that Kerry would still play a prominent role in the process. “The fact is, we do continue to believe that we have the time and resources necessary to pursue and hopefully complete the Iran negotiations,” he said. “And I’m confident that those negotiations will be affected by the secretary’s injury,...
  • Russia to Start Construction On New Iranian Nuke Plant

    06/01/2015 12:07:44 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 1, 2015 1:48 pm | Adam Kredo
    Earthquake hits near Iran’s current nuke plant Russia announced on Monday that it would start construction this year on a second nuclear plant in Iran, according to regional reports. Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation made the announcement early on Monday, stating that it will begin building a second nuclear power plant in Iran’s southern region later this year, according to Iran’s state-controlled Fars News Agency. Meanwhile, an earthquake struck Monday morning near the site of Iran’s current nuclear power plant in Bushehr, near where the second plant will be built. Iranian media outlets reported the quake as hitting a...
  • Obama says no military solution to Iran nuclear program (Israeli TV Interview)

    06/01/2015 10:55:51 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 41 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | June 1, 2015, 1:13 pm EDT
    US President Barack Obama tells Channel 2 in an interview that he can “demonstrate” that a “verifiable” agreement with Iran will be the best way to contain Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. “I can, [I] think, demonstrate, not based on any hope but on facts and analysis, that the best way to prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapon is a verifiable tough agreement. A military solution will not fix it, even if the United States participates. It would temporarily slow down an Iranian nuclear program but it would not eliminate it,” he says. Asked whether Israel may attempt a military strike...
  • White House: Iran nuclear talks can continue despite Kerry's injury

    06/01/2015 10:51:04 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 27 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/01/2015 20:34
    WASHINGTON - The White House is confident it can still pursue Iran nuclear talks despite US Secretary of State John Kerry's injury over the weekend, a spokesman said on Monday. Kerry left Europe for the United States earlier on Monday after breaking his leg in a cycling accident on Sunday. "We do continue to believe that we have the time and resources necessary to pursue, and hopefully complete, the Iran negotiations," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters in a briefing. He added that Kerry would continue to play a critical role in the talks, although it was unclear exactly...
  • Iran rejects site inspections in a nuclear deal

    05/30/2015 10:20:12 AM PDT · by bushwon · 23 replies
    Yahoo News/AFP.com ^ | May 30, 2015 | Staff
    Tehran (AFP) - Senior Iranian negotiator Abbas Araghchi said Saturday that questioning Iranian scientists and military site inspections are "out of the question" in a final nuclear agreement with world powers.
  • New statement from Martin Baron ahead of Jason Rezaian’s trial in Iran (Washington Post is outraged)

    05/25/2015 5:25:21 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 25 at 10:30 AM | Martin Baron
    Statement from Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron ahead of Jason Rezaian’s trial in Iran: The shameful acts of injustice continue without end in the treatment of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian. Now we learn his trial will be closed to the world. And so it will be closed to the scrutiny it fully deserves. It’s worth recalling what kind of system we’re dealing with. Jason was arrested without charges. He was imprisoned in Iran’s worst prison. He was placed in isolation for many months and denied medical care he needed. His case was assigned to a judge internationally notorious...
  • Unconfirmed: Huge explosion kills hundreds in central Tehran

    05/24/2015 1:56:32 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 96 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | 4:09 PM (EDT)
    According to first unconfirmed reports, central Tehran was hit Sunday night with massive blasts leaving many hundreds of people dead. Witnesses report heavy Revolutionary Guards and Basij forces speeding to the area. Thee are also reports of explosions in the southern Iranian town of Isfahan - also unconfirmed.
  • In Obama's Middle East there's only one problem - Netanyahu (resumes criticizing election remarks)

    05/23/2015 11:50:47 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 12 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | Friday May 22, 2015 | Boaz Bismuth
    Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei stated this week that Iran "will not allow any inspections of military sites by foreigners." He also vowed to resist "coercion and excessive demands" on the part of a "brazen enemy," meaning the U.S. U.S. President Barack Obama was not overly concerned by those statements. A nuclear agreement with Iran is essentially a done deal as far as Obama is concerned, so Iranian rhetoric no longer carries any weight. So goes the thinking at the White House. In fact, Obama is much more perturbed by what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on election day some...
  • Jason Rezaian faces trial in Iran (Washington Post reporter trial begins Tuesday)

    05/23/2015 11:37:47 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 22 at 9:33 PM
    JASON REZAIAN, a journalist who was born and raised in California, moved to Iran in 2008 with the hope of promoting a better understanding of his father’s homeland. After joining The Post in 2012, he wrote about political and economic issues but also took on such subjects as Iranian baseball. He earned the respect of senior officials: Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, has called him “a friend” and “a good reporter.” Mr. Rezaian nevertheless is scheduled to go on trial Tuesday, along with his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, and a photographer, in Tehran’s Revolutionary Court. Arrested at home July 22,...
  • Scott Walker On The Dana Show 5-22-15

    05/22/2015 12:56:54 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    FM News Talk ^ | May 22, 2015 | Dana
    29:00 [click on picture then click on red dot to listen]
  • Iran Wants 24 Days Notice Prior to Nuke Inspections (and no inspections of military facilities)

    05/21/2015 2:17:55 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 May 2015 | by Jordan Schachtel
    As part of a final nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 world powers (U.S., UK, Germany, France, Russia, China), Tehran has demanded at least twenty-four days notice before inspectors are allowed to review their nuclear enrichment sites, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has reportedly disclosed. ABC News reports that Fabius said Iran has demanded the 24-days prior notification from International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) nuclear inspectors before they can visit any of the sites. For years, the IAEA has claimed that Iran continues to forgo transparency in its drive towards nuclear weapons development, refusing access to inspectors who wish...
  • Iran’s Foreign Minister: The Trouble with Obama’s Nuke Deal Is ‘Basically Everything’

    05/21/2015 1:30:06 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 May 2015 | by John Hayward
    On the subject of those notorious talking points, Zarif said: I do not believe that the practice of producing fact sheets is a very useful one. The world has gone through a significant change. You cannot pick and choose your audience anymore. In the past, you could present your version of reality, your narrative to your audience, and the other side could have presented their narrative to their audience. But today in the age of the Internet and social media, narratives become global – and that’s where the problem comes. So you need to be able to present the final,...
  • Russian Navy Future Leader Class Destroyers To Be Fully Nuclear-Powered

    05/20/2015 6:24:51 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 19 May 2015
    According to ITAR-TASS citing a source in the defense industry, Russia’s Defense Ministry has amended a technical assignment for developing the Leader-type missile destroyer for the Navy, which will have a nuclear power unit as the sole option. "The Navy’s command has given up the development of the Leader ship with a gas turbine power unit. In accordance with the amendments in the technical assignment approved by the Defense Ministry, the conceptual designing involves only one option with a nuclear power unit," the source said. This decision is prompted by the need to have an offshore maritime zone ship that...
  • Saudi Arabia to buy nuclear bombs from Pakistan: report

    05/17/2015 5:52:18 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 112 replies
    New York Post ^ | may 17/2015 | bill sanderson
    Saudi Arabia will join the nuclear club by buying “off the shelf” atomic weapons from Pakistan, US officials told a London newspaper.
  • The nuclear deal will empower Iran’s hardliners (Arab media joins Israel in opposing "deal")

    05/17/2015 4:35:09 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    Al-Aribaya ^ | Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | Abdulrahman al-Rashed
    There is an illusion that the promised agreement with Iran regarding its nuclear program will push it toward moderation, as well as economic and political openness. What will probably happen is the complete opposite. The agreement will empower Tehran’s hawks, who are currently being marketed in Iran and who are bragging that most of the nuclear program has been accomplished and that the West has finally submitted and abandoned sanctions. During the past few months of international negotiations, Iran’s security fist tightened against state rivals, voicing the regime’s self-confidence. The Kurdish rebellion a week ago in the city of Mahabad,...
  • Military option prevents war

    05/15/2015 3:09:10 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/15/15 | Yoram Ettinger
    The threat of a limited surgical naval or air force bombing of critical nuclear installations--with no ground troops The contention that there are only two options in dealing with the rogue Ayatollahs’ regime—negotiation or military option, which supposedly amounts to war—defies reality. Such a contention is either mistaken or misleading. The threat of a limited surgical naval or air force bombing of critical nuclear installations—with no ground troops - would not amount to a war, would deter the Ayatollahs, possibly moderating their nature, and—if activated - would permanently cripple their pursuit of nuclear capabilities, and could be repeated if necessary...
  • Kerry and the Iran Surrender Caucus need to get their stories straight

    05/15/2015 1:47:50 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 05/14/2015 - 4:02 PM EDT | JOHNATHAN GREENBERG
    One hundred and fifty members of Congress – all Democrats and, among them, most of the small group of bitterly anti-Israel lawmakers – signed a letter supporting President Obama’s diplomatic efforts vis-à-vis the Iranian nuclear weapons program. Authored by Reps. Jan Schakowsky (Illinois), Lloyd Doggett (Texas), and David Price (North Carolina), the letter exemplifies the hyper-partisanship that has driven the left wing of the Democrat party on this issue even as that wing has cried “partisan extremism” at the responses from Republicans. As if trying to prove Churchill right, this Iran Surrender Caucus, whenever presented with a choice between dishonor...
  • Nuclear deal 'very likely,' Iran foreign minister says

    05/15/2015 1:41:03 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11:06 AM EDT
    Iran is optimistic that it can reach a final nuclear deal with world powers, its foreign minister said in an excerpt of an interview with Germany's Spiegel magazine published on Friday. "An agreement is very likely - provided that our negotiation partners mean it seriously," Mohammad Javad Zarif told Der Spiegel. Zarif criticized Saudi Arabia, which has voiced concern that a nuclear deal could embolden Iran and harm its security. "Some people in the region are evidently panicking," he said, adding there was no reason to do so. "We don't want to dominate the region. We are happy with our...
  • Kevin McCarthy: Obama's Foreign Policy Like Carter's in 1979

    05/15/2015 1:33:19 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 14 May 2015 08:43 PM | Greg Richter
    President Barack Obama's foreign policy failures have the world looking a lot like it did at the close of the Carter administration, says House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. "This is like 1979 all over again," the California Republican said Thursday on Fox News Channel. The last time Americans were being held hostage was in 1979 in Iran; today, they are being held by the Islamic State (ISIS), McCarthy said. Russia invaded Afghanistan in 1979, and now have invaded Ukraine, he added. Before Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed in the Benghazi attacks in 2012, the last American ambassador to die in...
  • Israeli Ambassador on Iran Deal: ‘We Cannot Roll the Dice’ on Survival of Jewish State

    05/15/2015 1:26:47 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | May 14, 2015 | Josh Siegel
    Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, snapped his fingers to signify how quickly the Jewish state could go from being strong to vulnerable in the face of a nuclear Iran. “We don’t believe the choice is war or to accept this deal,” Dermer said. “We believe the way to peacefully resolve this issue is to combine a credible, military threat of force with crippling sanctions.” “That combination has not been deployed for 10 years,” he noted. “We had sanctions on Iran for a long time, but crippling sanctions only began in 2012. And within 18 months, Iran...
  • House approves Iran Bill 400-25 (19 NAYs from Republicans, 6 from Democrats)

    05/14/2015 1:15:46 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 4 replies
    C-SPAN | today
    Iran bill passes, Hezbollah sanctions bill that passed the House last July but was blocked in the Senate also passes.
  • House to vote on Iran bill and Hezbollah sanctions this afternoon (Live on C-SPAN)

    05/14/2015 4:09:49 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 19 replies
    MajorityLeader.gov ^ | THURSDAY, MAY 14TH
    On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 2:30-3:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 6:00-7:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 1191 – Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Lou Barletta / Foreign Affairs Committee) 2) H.R. 2297 – Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / Foreign Affairs Committee) Continue Consideration of H.R. 1735 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep....
  • Iran, NSA Bills Reignite Feud Between Conservatives and Leadership

    05/13/2015 11:25:02 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    National Journal ^ | 2 hours ago | Daniel Newhauser
    Freedom Caucus members angry they can't offer amendments to key national security measures. A House bill to scale back National Security Agency data-collection is re-agitating the fractured relationship between Republican leadership and their rank-and-file conservatives, some of whom feel their voices are being silenced in the debate over the bill. The complaint that conservative amendments are not being given a hearing is also extending to a Senate-approved Iran nuclear bill that will see a House vote later this week. Though leadership aides insist the team has not yet decided whether to allow amendments on the Iran bill, members spoke up...
  • Speaking to WWII veterans, Netanyahu compares Iran to Nazis

    05/13/2015 8:58:43 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 10:05 AM EDT
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Wednesday that Israel would defend itself against Iran, calling an emerging nuclear pact “a mistake that will cost dearly.” Speaking at the Knesset during a discussion devoted to the victory of the Allied forces in World War II 70 years ago, Netanyahu said world powers should learn a lesson from the rise of Nazi Germany and not go ahead with an agreement that would allow Tehran to continue enriching uranium and lift sanctions. “The lesson of history is never to make concessions to a radical regime which waves the banner of genocide and expansionism,” he...
  • GOP expected to buck conservatives on Iran (Bill could pass Thursday)

    05/12/2015 10:56:07 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/12/15 6:10 PM EDT | Jake Sherman and Lauren French
    House Republican leaders are unlikely to allow amendments to the Senate-passed Iran bill, bucking a clutch of conservatives who wanted to change the language, according to multiple sources familiar with internal planning. The move all but assures passage of the legislation when it comes up for a House vote, probably on Thursday. It was approved by the Senate last week, 98-1. GOP leadership expects to discuss its plans at a closed-door party meeting Wednesday. Members of the House Freedom Caucus, led by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), are pushing for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Majority...
  • Senate Version ‘Not Strong Enough,’ So House Conservatives Seek Changes to Iran Bill

    05/12/2015 10:35:47 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 8 hours ago | Josh Siegel
    A group of House conservatives is pressuring GOP leadership to allow the chance to “strengthen” a Senate-passed bill imposing congressional review over a proposed nuclear deal with Iran. Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus are proposing a series of amendments because some believe the Senate bill does not give Congress enough power to actually stop—or even influence—an Iran nuclear deal lawmakers don’t like. The amendments will put pressure on House Speaker John Boehner, who must decide to either block attempts to change the legislation—as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., did in his chamber—or allow debate that could derail...
  • AP-GfK Poll: Many Approve Iran Deal; Most Don't Trust Tehran

    05/12/2015 6:20:00 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 2015 May 12 | AP
    Many Americans like the idea of the preliminary deal that would limit Iran's nuclear program but very few people really believe Tehran will follow through with the agreement. An Associated Press-GfK poll finds that just 3 percent said they were very confident that Iran would allow inspections of its nuclear facilities, remove plutonium from the country and shut down close to half of its uranium-enriching centrifuges as the preliminary deal says would be required. Nearly seven in 10 people said they were not confident, while 25 percent said they were only moderately confident. ..... < snip > ..... Although more...
  • Netanyahu: Iran leading a campaign of 'conquest and subversion' around Israel's borders (Video)

    05/12/2015 10:00:50 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 05/12/2015 17:26
    PM meets with Germany defense minister visiting Israel to mark 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Netanyahu: Iran leading campaign of 'conquest and subversion' around Israel's borders Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday asserted that the threat emanating from the "imperial and theological ambitions" of Iran's "ayatollah regime" poses the greatest threat to the region. Speaking in Jerusalem with German Defense Minister Ursula Von Der Leyen, the prime minister said that Israel views Iran's quest to create an "empire" coupled with its nuclear ambitions as the greatest security challenge to the Middle East. "They are leading a...
  • Scott Walker Meets Benjamin Netanyahu During Israel Trip

    05/12/2015 9:56:09 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11:36 am ET
    The likely Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, posted on Twitter this photograph from his meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister. Mr. Walker has restricted media access to the trip, leaving news outlets to rely on pictures like this from his Twitter feed.
  • Rep. Pompeo: House Will Fix Senate's 'Blank Check' for Iran (Video)

    05/12/2015 3:06:28 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 11 May 2015 06:07 PM | Bill Hoffmann
    The Senate signed a "blank check" when it overwhelmingly endorsed the emerging Iran nuclear deal last week, and Rep. Mike Pompeo thinks the House can do better, he tells Newsmax TV. "We can do a much more robust piece of legislation," Pompeo, a Kansas Republican, said Monday on "The Steve Malzberg Show." "[One] that really does, in fact, prevent the administration from signing for a deal which lifts . . . sanctions without any evidence that Iran has actually adhered to anything that they've agreed to. "That's what perplexes me . . . They've now signed a blank check ....
  • State Dept. dismisses ‘Obama snubbed’ story, calls it a ‘cable news talking point’

    05/11/2015 11:53:38 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 18 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May. 11, 2015 1:56pm | Pete Kasperowicz
    The Obama administration insisted Monday that Saudi Arabia’s King Salman isn’t snubbing President Barack Obama with his decision not to attend a Camp David meeting this week, despite widespread speculation that his absence seems to be a rebuke to Obama’s effort to reach a nuclear deal with Iran. Obama had invited King Salman to meet at the White House and Camp David on May 13 and 14, and the White House had indicated that the two would meet in private before a meeting of other Gulf Cooperation Council states. On Sunday, however, Saudi Arabia said it would instead send the...
  • Obama’s quiet nuclear deal with China raises proliferation concerns

    05/11/2015 2:00:58 AM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Washington Post via MSN | 5/10/15 | Steven Mufson
    It seemed like a typical day for President Obama. He taped a TV interview on trade, hosted the champion NASCAR team on the South Lawn and met with the defense secretary in the Oval Office. Not so typical was something that didn’t appear that day on the president’s public schedule: notification to Congress that he intends to renew a nuclear cooperation agreement with China. The deal would allow Beijing to buy more U.S.-designed reactors and pursue a facility or the technology to reprocess plutonium from spent fuel. China would also be able to buy reactor coolant technology that experts say...
  • Netanyahu: Israel foiled Iran's efforts to open new front on Golan (Video)

    05/10/2015 9:23:21 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 05/10/2015 12:33 | HERB KEINON
    Netanyahu speaks of regional threats; cabinet approves bill to increase number of ministers. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at the start of a cabinet meeting Sunday morning, mentioned that since the outgoing government's first cabinet meeting two years ago, the region has been in constant tumult. “Despite the many attempts to challenge us from our borders, we fended off all these efforts without exception,” he said. Netanyahu mentioned Hezbollah in south Lebanon, the efforts by Iran to open up a new front against Israel on the Golan Heights, attempts to transfer advanced weaponry from Syria to Lebanon, and efforts by Hamas...
  • Kerry Urges House to Pass Iran Bill Without Changes

    05/08/2015 1:03:37 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 29 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 8, 2015, 1:00 PM ET
    PARIS - Secretary of State John Kerry is urging the House to pass the Senate version of the Iran nuclear bill without changes. On Friday in Paris, Kerry called the bill that overwhelmingly passed the Senate on Thursday a "reasonable and acceptable compromise." Speaking alongside Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, Kerry noted how 150 members of Congress signed a letter supporting Obama's efforts and saying he should be able to negotiate without interference. Kerry says negotiators now must get down to the "nitty-gritty" details and hammer out an agreement.
  • Matthews Spouts Conspiracy Theory About GOP Oppo to Iran Deal (MSNBC host goes on insane rant)

    05/08/2015 6:29:59 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 20 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | May 6, 2015 | 9:55 PM EDT | Ken Shepherd
    GEORGE MITCHELL: ...So, the sanctions, which are the reason that Iran is at the table, which are effective because they're universal, not just unilateral U.S. sanctions, we'll go from universal to unilateral and therefore from effective to ineffective. And what they will accomplish is the exact opposite of what they say they want: Iran then with a clear path to the bomb and the U.S. Congress having sidelined an agreement that was entered into by six major countries in the world. CHRIS MATTHEWS, host: Take it a step further. I know you've done this in your head. I think the...
  • The odds of an Iran nuclear deal just got higher (Corker = Kabuki Theater)

    05/07/2015 1:11:31 PM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 7, 2015 | Greg Sargent
    One hundred and fifty House Democrats have now signed a letter expressing strong support for President Obama’s ongoing negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program, I’ve learned, improving the chances that an eventual nuclear deal could survive the Congressional oversight process. The 150 Democratic signatories — which include Dem leaders like Nancy Pelosi and Chris Van Hollen — are significant. Here’s why: If a deal is reached that looks like the recently-announced framework, and the GOP-controlled Congress votes to disapprove of it, it’s now more likely that there will be enough House Democrats to sustain Obama’s veto of that disapproval...
  • Senate OKs bill giving Congress review of Iran nuclear deal

    05/07/2015 12:26:59 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 42 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 5-7-2015 | Associated Press
    The Senate has passed a bipartisan bill to give Congress a chance to review -- and possibly reject -- any final nuclear deal with Iran. Thursday's vote was 98-1.
  • Senate passes Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act 98 to 1 (Cotton only NO vote)

    05/07/2015 11:45:23 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 19 replies
    C-SPAN2 | today
    Bill heads to House when they return from recess next Tuesday.
  • Cloture vote moved to 2pm (Senate to vote on Iran bill cloture - live on C-SPAN2)

    05/07/2015 7:39:57 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 27 replies
    By consent, the cloture vote on the substitute amendment #1140 to H.R.1191, (Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act) has been moved from 10:30am to 2:00pm today. As a result, there will not be a vote this morning. Additional roll call votes are expected to occur this afternoon. 2:00pm: Motion to invoke cloture on the Corker-Cardin substitute amendment #1140 to H.R.1191, (Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act) At 11:00am, Senator Lankford will be recognized to deliver his maiden speech. The time from 11:30am- 12:50pm will be equally divided with the Majority controlling the first half and the Democrats controlling the final half.
  • Sen. Ted Cruz: Congress Must Stop Obama's Bad Iran Deal (demands vote on amendment)

    05/07/2015 6:19:06 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    Youtube ^ | 5/6/15 | Sen. Ted Cruz
    Cruz demands vote on amendment from Senate floor. Wants a requirement for a majority vote in Congress to approve any Iran deal, rather than a "resolution of disapproval" which can be vetoed by the President that Democrats put into bill.
  • Netanyahu to Congress: ‘Deal with Iran Would Be a Historic Mistake’ (warns West being "duped")

    05/07/2015 5:59:46 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 7, 2015 5:00 am | Adam Kredo
    Would endanger Middle East, America Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel warned a delegation of U.S. lawmakers this week that a nuclear deal with Iran “would be a historic mistake,” according to a readout of the meeting between the leaders. The lawmakers met with Netanyahu as part of congressional mission to the Middle East ahead of a June 30 deadline for Iran and Western nations to strike a final deal meant to reign in the Islamic Republic’s contested nuclear program. Netanyahu slammed the nuclear deal currently under consideration and said it would endanger the Middle East and America. “The Prime...
  • McConnell files cloture motion on Iran bill, protects Democrats from tough amendment votes

    05/05/2015 3:36:07 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 68 replies
    C-SPAN2 | Today
    McConnell just filed cloture after allowing only 2 amendment votes on the Iran bill.
  • Iranian Commander: We Won't Rest Until US is an Islamic Republic

    05/05/2015 11:27:34 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 30 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/5/2015, 9:15 PM | Ari Soffer
    A leading commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guards has claimed his country's ultimate aim is to turn the United States into "an Islamic Republic," and rejected any possibility of a thawing in relations between Tehran and "The Great Satan." An undated video released by the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran, an Iranian opposition group, shows Commander Hassan Abbasi - who is also a member of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei's inner circle - making the comments during an address, in which he lashed out at unnamed Iranian officials for expressing hope that a nuclear deal with the US could open the door...
  • Senate delays NLRB veto override vote to give Iran bill negotiators more time

    05/04/2015 2:21:21 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    C-SPAN2 | today
    Senate will hold a nomination vote for Willie E. May at 5:30pm and has delayed the NLRB vote. Negotiators are still working on whether to hold votes on the Cotton and Rubio amendments or if McConnell will invoke Cloture.
  • Harry Reid: GOP trying to ‘destroy’ Iran nuke deal to hurt Dems, Obama

    05/04/2015 2:04:55 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 44 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May. 4, 2015 4:05pm | Pete Kasperowicz
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday accused Republicans of opposing the emerging Iran nuclear agreement not for policy reasons, but because they simply want to hurt Democrats, and President Barack Obama in particular. “Before this compromise even came to the floor, certain Senate Republicans were determined to destroy it,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “A number of Senate Republicans are prioritizing presidential politics over national security. Others are simply trying to undermine President Obama.” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), a prominent GOP voice against the Iran deal, has said he wants to require it to force Iran to...
  • Netanyahu meets US representative who skipped his Iran address to Congress (Karen Bass (D-CA))

    05/04/2015 10:43:41 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 05/04/2015 19:47 | HERB KEINON
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with a six-member bipartisan US Congressional delegation on Monday, including Rep. Karen Bass (D-California) who was among 58 members of Congress who skipped his controversial speech to Congress in March. One government official said that while the speech in Congress did come up during the meeting, the main focus was on the Iranian nuclear negotiations. Netanyahu is continuing to be outspoken in his opposition to the Iran deal. Explaining her decision to skip the Netanyahu address, Bass issued a statement prior to the March address saying that she is a strong supporter of the US...
  • Caught Between Pledge and Poison Pills, McConnell May End Iran Debate (Israel amendment at stake)

    05/04/2015 5:09:31 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 3, 2015 | Sarah Mimms
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may be forced to end debate on the Iran bill early this week, marking the first time he has shut down the open amendment process that was a central promise of his bid for control of the chamber. Sen. Tom Cotton's surprise move on Thursday to force votes on his own amendment and one from Sen. Marco Rubio highlights the perils of McConnell's commitment to an open amendment process. When Sen. Harry Reid was leader, he often "filled the tree" in Hill-speak, essentially preventing members from filing amendments without his express written permission. McConnell's stated...
  • Russia Conducts Nuclear Bomber Flight Near Alaska

    05/03/2015 7:40:05 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    The Tu-95 Bear H bombers flew into the Alaska zone on April 22. But unlike most earlier incursions, no U.S. interceptor jets were dispatched to shadow them, said defense officials familiar with the latest U.S.-Russian aerial encounter. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a spokesman for the U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), declined to confirm the incursion. But he said no jets were dispatched last week to intercept intruding aircraft.
  • PM Netanyahu Meets with US Sen. Rob Portman (issues another warning on Iran)

    05/03/2015 9:16:55 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    PMO ^ | 5/3/15
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met US Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), who chairs the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and told him at the start of their meeting: "I welcome you here in that spirit of friendship between Israel and the United States. That doesn't mean we don't have differences of view. On the matter of the pending Iran deal, we view things differently. We think that the goal of the Iran deal should not be just to reach any deal. It should be to block Iran's path to the bomb. And...