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The Obama Morning News || April 2, 2015

Iran talks continue, may yield some kind of statement . . . Two days after busting through a March 31 deadline, the negotiators hope to leave the Swiss city of Lausanne with at least a text outlining general political commitments to resolve concerns about Iran’s nuclear program, and the pace of lifting sanctions. They are also trying to fashion more detailed documents on the steps they must take by June 30 to meet those goals. As he headed to his own meeting Thursday, Zarif said the talks had made “significant progress.” But he said drafts still had to be written. Reaching both agreement in Lausanne as well as a June final deal will be “a difficult job,” he said. Associated Press

Vast majority says Congress should vote on deal . . . Three-quarters of voters, 76 percent, say Obama “should be required” to get Congressional approval for any deal he makes with Iran about its nuclear program. That includes nearly two-thirds of Democrats (64 percent). Most think Iran can’t be trusted. Over half of voters, 55 percent, say the U.S. “can’t trust anything” Iran says on the issue of nuclear weapons, while another 28 percent thinks we can only trust “a little” of what Iran says. Fox News

GOP: Enough with the delays . . . Republican senators are voicing concerns that any nuclear deal with Iran will only get worse as negotiations drag on past the Obama administration’s self-imposed March 31 deadline for producing an agreement. Politico

Bolton: Sanctions won’t stop Iran bomb . . . There is no evidence that sanctions imposed against Iran over its nuclear activities slowed down the program, and the notion that future sanctions will curb its ambitions to become a nuclear weapons power is “fundamentally false,” former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said Wednesday. CNS News

Lawsuit seeks to uncover EPA collusion with enviros . . . A nonprofit government watchdog is suing the Department of State seeking to force the agency to disclose email and text message records of its communications with environmental activist groups like the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council and World Wildlife Fund. Washington Examiner

Obama fails to head off China development bank . . . U.S. efforts to head off a new China-sponsored development bank for the booming Asia region ended in abject failure this week as organizers announced nearly four dozen countries — including some of America’s closest Asian and European allies — have applied to membership, amid growing criticism of how the Obama administration handled the entire episode. Washington Times

DOJ won’t prosecute Lerner for refusing to testify to Congress . . . “Once again, the Obama administration has tried to sweep IRS targeting of taxpayers for their political beliefs under the rug,” Speaker Boehner spokesman Michael Steel told FoxNews.

Indictment silences Obama foreign policy critic . . . Tuesday’s indictment of Sen. Bob Menendez on federal corruption charges silences a rare and vocal Democratic critic of the Obama administration’s foreign policy stance as opposition mounts to an emerging nuclear deal with Iran. Washington Examiner

The Obama Morning News || April 1, 2015

Still no deal . . . Negotiators scrambling to chart Iran’s nuclear future said Wednesday that several “key issues” remain unresolved, casting doubt on earlier, more optimistic predictions that an agreement was ready to be drafted. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said progress has been made but characterized it as “slow going.” “I’m optimistic that we… Continue Reading

The Obama Morning News || March 27, 2015

U.S. declassifies report detailing Israel’s nuclear program . . . The Pentagon early last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel’s nuclear program, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent. But… Continue Reading

The Obama Morning News || March 26, 2015

White House still thinks Yemen is a success . . . It’s a counterintuitive claim that puzzles national security experts and enrages Republicans. In a testy exchange with an ABC reporter Wednesday, Obama Press Secretary Josh Earnest insisted that the United States continues to “enjoy the benefits of a sustained counterterrorism security relationship with the security… Continue Reading

The Obama Morning News || March 25, 2015

Veteran reporter to become Obama consigliere . . . President Obama will name Shailagh Murray, a former Washington Post and Wall Street Journal reporter, to serve as his new senior adviser, and has tapped Jason Goldman, a Silicon Valley veteran, to become the White House’s first-ever chief digital officer. Murray replaces Dan Pfeiffer as a member… Continue Reading

The Obama Morning News || March 24, 2015

White House Chief of Staff to Israel: Get out . . . White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough made clear in a speech to a left-leaning Israel advocacy group that President Obama isn’t letting Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu off the hook for his dismissal of a two-state solution. A one-state solution based on unilateral annexation and abandonment… Continue Reading

The Obama Morning News || March 20, 2015

Despite Hillary promise, foundation did not disclose donors . . . In 2008, Hillary Clinton promised Barack Obama, the president-elect, there would be no mystery about who was giving money to her family’s globe-circling charities. She made a pledge to publish all the donors on an annual basis to ease concerns that as secretary of state she… Continue Reading

The Obama Morning News || March 18, 2015

Obama gets to keep Bibi . . . After six years of testy relations, U.S. President Barack Obama may have to resign himself to the likelihood that he has not seen the last of Benjamin Netanyahu. Reuters Obama-linked nonprofit that interfered to revise tax status . . . The American nonprofit OneVoice Movement – under scrutiny by a U.S. Senate… Continue Reading

The Obama Morning News || March 17, 2015

Obama moving to protect Hillary? . . . The administration today will issue new rules exempting a key administrative office that handles issues such as request for access to government email records from the Freedom of Information Act. That law is specifically designed to allow private parties to look at government documents that aren’t privileged or involve… Continue Reading