Other Informative Stories That We are Following on September 4, 2015

Article posted on September 4th, 2015 by WhatAmIMissingHere

Iran Thumbs Nose at US Even as Obama Rallies Support for Nuke Deal – Fox News  …  “Even as President Obama was securing the Senate support necessary to assure passage of the nuclear deal with Iran, Tehran’s top defense officials were scoffing at U.S. claims the pact will restrict the Islamic Republic’s military ambitions. The president has been twisting arms and Secretary of State John Kerry reassuring lawmakers that the deal between Iran and the P5 +1 – members of the UN Security Council plus Germany – will ensure international inspections and bar Iran from ever developing nuclear weapons. This week, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., became the 34th member of the Senate to back the controversial and unpopular deal, meaning that if it is defeated in a vote as expected, Obama will have enough support to sustain his certain veto. But Iran’s military brass has answered the U.S. nose-counting by thumbing their nose at America.”

“The bluster from Iran is in sharp contrast to the message Obama and Kerry conveyed to lawmakers to line up support for the deal, which lifts international sanctions and frees up $150 billion in Iranian funds frozen when the Islamic Republic took 52 Americans hostage for 444 days beginning in 1979. ‘Within the last 24 hours, Iran has said that the U.S. is the enemy of mankind,’ said Benjamin Weinthal, a research fellow at the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies. ‘These highly jingoistic statements from Iran don’t bode well for the enforcement of the agreement.’ ‘There is all this euphoria about Obama securing congressional support for the Iran nuclear deal, but I think it’s worth pointing out that in context a little more than one-third of the Senate supports the deal,’ Weinthal added. ‘Given that all the major attitude surveys in the U.S. show a majority of Americans oppose the deal, and a majority of the Senate and the House of Representatives oppose the deal, [Obama] is on very flimsy ground.'”

Calls Intensify for More Debates on the Democratic Side Amid Anger at Debbie Wasserman Schultz  – New York Times  …  “A growing number of party activists, from New Hampshire to Iowa, are voicing concern about the Democratic National Committee’s plan to hold six debates over all, with only four coming before the first four states finish voting. The party fears a lower number will of debates will diminish its ability to drive the discussion as the Republican contest, led by Donald J. Trump, dominates the news, and that a flabby process will leave the ultimate nominee unprepared for the general election. The timing of the New Hampshire debate, sandwiched between the Hanukkah and Christmas holidays, has particularly rankled activists in the state, who have openly protested the decision.”

“Martha Fuller Clark, a state senator in New Hampshire who is not yet backing a candidate, said that she approached the party chairwoman, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, at the meeting in Minnesota last week and expressed her disappointment. ‘She seemed unwilling to consider a revision of the schedule,’ Ms. Fuller Clark said. ‘She just said that whatever schedule she put out, people would be unhappy with.’ ‘If there isn’t an opportunity for lots of debates and consideration, it’s just really, I think, making it much more difficult’ for the candidates to reach voters before the voting begins, she said. Many activists have argued that the decision to abbreviate the debate schedule was done to benefit Hillary Rodham Clinton, the front-runner in most polls for the nomination.”

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