Is Chuck Schumer On The Right Side?


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Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says he’s grateful for Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, writes CNN.

The former Arkansas governor, Mike Huckabee, praised the decision of the high-ranking Democrat on Saturday to not support the Iran deal.

“Sen. Schumer’s opposition to the agreement sends a signal to every pro-Israel Democrat in Washington that they don’t have to ‘walk the plank’ for President Obama — they can stand for peace and reject this bad deal. And I pray that they will,” Huckabee wrote.

Of course, the agreement is a peace agreement that gives unprecedented access to Iran’s nuclear facilities for inspection.

New York Senator Schumer has stated he is against the agreement between Iran and six other nations.  The Huffington Post writes that Schumer is the soon-to-be leader of his party in the Senate.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chuck-schumer-planning-to-break-with-obama-oppose-iran-deal_55c3f7e9e4b0d9b743dba71d

http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/08/politics/mike-huckabee-chuck-schumer-ted-cruz/index.html

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Energy Secretary: Iran Deal Closes Uranium Enrichment Loophole


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In an interview with Politico, the U.S. energy secretary Ernest Moniz described previously unpublished provisions that make it harder for Iran to reconstitute its weapons program.

The nuclear agreement with Iran closes what some experts had called a potentially major loophole.

The loophole would make it easier for Iran to reconstitute its nuclear program, according to wochit News.

John Stewart Tries To Move On From Trump


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Jon Stewart said he’s trying to “move on” from Donald Trump to more important issues.

He then looked at the Iran deal and how Republicans have been calling it “historically bad.”

They seemed to misunderstand that the point of the deal is to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of Iran, not to give them nuclear weapons. He also discussed Republicans who criticized the deal without reading it, like a “bizarro iTunes user agreement.”

Strange “Nuclear-Shaped” Clouds Seen Over Tyumen, Russia

A giant mushroom-shaped cloud appeared over the city of Tyumen in south central Russia was spotted and shot by amateur photographers across the area, with images quickly going viral online.  Similar “supercell” thuderstorm clouds appeared near Lubbock, Texas, in April.

(https://reasonablyliberal.wordpress.com/2015/04/19/photo-blog-strange-nuclear-shaped-clouds-in-texas-on-saturday/)

There has been no official word on what caused the cloud in Tyumen, writes the Irish Mirror.  The huge cloud stopped motorists on roads around the town, who took pictures. The Irish Mirror reported that the appearance of the mushroom-type cloud generated panic, with social media in a tizzy about whether World War III is starting.

Unusual cloud in Tyumen

Unusual cloud in Tyumen

https://reasonablyliberal.wordpress.com/2015/04/19/photo-blog-strange-nuclear-shaped-clouds-in-texas-on-saturday/

http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/weird-news/world-war-3-begun-mystery-5869375

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/446911/nuclear-bomb-Russia-explosion-panic-mushroom-cloud

Given Enough Time, Could ISIS Get A Nuclear Weapon?


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The Islamic State group claims its financial situation is flourishing to the point that it is in a position to obtain a nuclear bomb within the coming year, according to the latest issue of the extremist group’s online propaganda magazine Dabiq.

An article is purportedly authored by British ISIS captive John Cantlie, and it concedes that the scenario is a “far-fetched” one, but that the militant group could actually obtain a nuclear device through Pakistan, writes the International Business Times.

“Let me throw a hypothetical operation onto the table,” writes the ISIS hostage Cantlie.

“The Islamic State has billions of dollars in the bank, so they call on their wilayah in Pakistan to purchase a nuclear device through weapons dealers with links to corrupt officials in the region,” writes Cantlie, according to the British newspaper The Independent.

http://www.ibtimes.com/isis-nuclear-weapon-islamic-state-claims-it-can-buy-nukes-pakistan-within-year-dabiq-1936029

Bill Would Apply Congressional Oversight To Nuclear Deal With Iran

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According to The Huffington Post, there is a new bill in Congress (sponsored by Senator Bob Corker) that will enhance Congressional oversight of the nuclear deal with Iran.  The bill is a headache and seems confusing and unnecessary.

Will the bill just get in the way of the peace deal?

Below are some aspects of the bill, according to The Huffington Post:

1.  The bill would require the president to submit the final agreement to Congress.

2.  Congress will have up to 52 days to review the final agreement. During that time, the president is prohibited from waiving the congressional sanctions during the review period.

3.  The 52-day review period is broken down as follows: There is an initial review period of 30 days to review and vote on sanctions relief. An additional 12 days are automatically added if Congress passes a bill and sends it to the president, and an additional 10 days on top of that if the president vetoes the legislation.

4.  If the final deal is submitted late, after July 9, the review period reverts to 60 days.

5.  The president is required to certify to Congress every 90 days that Iran is complying with the terms of the final agreement.

6.  It also requires the president to make a series of detailed reports to Congress on a range of issues, including Iran’s nuclear program, its ballistic missiles work, and its support for terrorism globally, particularly against Americans and our allies. With this information, Congress will be able to determine the appropriate response in the event of Iran sponsoring an act of terrorism against Americans, state The Huffington Post.

Secular talk discusses it.

Is Congress Injecting Itself Into The Iran Deal?


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Cenk Uygur, host of TYT Network, discusses a deal being moved through the U.S. Senate that might allow Congress to vote to approve or disapprove of the Iran Nuclear Deal that the Obama Administration plans to sign at the end of June, 2015.

The U.S. has already attempted to sabotage the nuclear deal between the U.S. and five other countries on one side, and Iran on the other. Those attempts include inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to hold a “State of the Union address” about the deal, a letter by 47 Senators to the leadership of Iran, and a trip by Speaker of the House John Boehner to Benjamin Netanyahu on the day the framework of the deal was to be approved (March 31st).

Is this latest bill, designed to inject the Congress into the Iran deal, another attempt at sabotaging it?

(Updated article)