Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Good morning! In the news today: Iran gets its nukes, but must wait a bit; snapback? Not so fast; Levin: Kerry orders up World War III; some Dems seem skeptical; Hillary backs; GOP candidates pounce; Mideast arms race set to start; and an Auschwitz guard finally gets his due.
Have a great day.
Iran deal is sealed . . . The United States and other world powers this morning announced a deal addressing Iran’s nuclear weapons program for at least ten years. The agreement restricts Iran’s nuclear programs in exchange for the lifting of sanctions against the country. However, the agreement may be flawed. According several reports, many people are planning to live longer than ten years and could become adversely affected if they do. White House Dossier
Iran gets all the nuclear fuel it wants in 15 years . . . The deal preserves Iran’s ability to produce as much nuclear fuel as it wishes after year 15 of the agreement, and allows it to conduct research on advanced centrifuges after the eighth year. Moreover, the Iranians won the eventual lifting of an embargo on the import and export of conventional arms and ballistic missiles — a step the departing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, warned about just last week. New York Times
What you need to know about the agreement . . . While unanswered questions about the deal remain, here’s what’s known right now. The Hill
Snapback snafu . . . The much-touted “snapback” provision in the Iran nuclear deal that will restore sanctions in the event of Iranian noncompliance involves a convoluted process that will last around 65 days and, after jumping a series of hurdles, may result in sanctions being reimposed – “unless the U.N. Security Council decides otherwise.” CNS News
Deal silent on Parchin facility . . . The Iranian nuclear deal reached in Vienna contains no reference to the Parchin military facility where most of Iran’s past nuclear arms-related work was carried out. Additionally, the draft agreement made public on Tuesday contains no stated limits on Iran’s Russian-made Bushehr nuclear power facility that analysts say could produce plutonium for dozens of bombs. Washington Free Beacon
Mark Levin: Deal will usher in World War III . . . “To arm up the Iranian regime, this terrorist regime in Tehran — you know, Obama likes to say that Reagan and Kennedy negotiated with the Soviets. The Soviets had nukes. Iran does not have nukes. But thanks to him and Kerry and the other ideologues and lightweights that surround him, they’re going to get nukes.” Daily Caller
U.S. to teach Iran to thwart threats to program . . . The United States and other world powers will help to teach Iran how to thwart and detect threats to its nuclear program, according to the parameters of a deal reached Tuesday to rein in Iran’s contested nuclear program. Under the terms of a deal that provides Iran billions of dollars in sanctions relief, Iran and global powers will cooperate to help teach Iran how to manage its nuclear infrastructure, which will largely remain in tact under the deal. Washington Free Beacon
Why don’t we just help them build a weapon too and provide them targeting of U.S. cities?
Nobel Peace Prize: Signed, sealed, delivered . . . You know it’s a bad deal when within hours, there is talk of a Nobel Peace Prize in the air. Carl Bildt, Sweden’s former Prime Minister, tweeted: “I think the work of the Nobel Committee of the Norwegian Parliament this year just got much easier.” Powerline
Maybe the Norwegians can use Amazon Prime to get it to Kerry sooner.
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Clinton supports the Iran deal . . . Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday evening expressed support for the agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear program, saying “it can help us prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.” The Hill
DWS: Donors dubious about the deal . . . Top Democratic donors weren’t exactly popping the champagne corks over the nuclear deal President Barack Obama proudly announced on Tuesday morning, according to the party’s top official. Politico
GOP candidates must show foreign policy chops . . . As world leaders announced a historic nuclear deal with Iran, the more than a dozen Republican presidential candidates quickly mobilized, slamming the agreement in near unison as they sought to make their own short-term play to primary voters. Politico
Republicans demand action over fetus body parts vid . . . Republican presidential candidates are furious about an undercover video they say shows a Planned Parenthood executive discussing the sale of fetal organs. The nearly 9-minute video, released by the Center for Medical Progress and posted on the pro-life group’s YouTube page, features Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services Dr. Deborah Nucatola eating a salad with a glass of wine and calmly discussing various body parts. Politico
Trump tops new poll . . . Since entering the presidential race, Donald Trump has been Godzilla in a china shop, attacking Republicans and Democrats alike, stirring the national debate and, according to a poll released Tuesday, soaring to the head of a crowded Republican field of candidates. Washington Times
Trump wealth details on the way . . . “I have a Gucci store worth more than Romney,” Trump told the Des Moines Register last month, referring to the fashion company’s flagship store in New York’s Trump Tower. Associated Press
Jeb slams Trump for divisiveness . . . “Whether it is Donald Trump or Barack Obama, their rhetoric of divisiveness is wrong. A Republican will never win by striking fear in people’s hearts,” Bush said. Associated Press
Trump bungles Tweet . . . An image tweeted from Donald Trump’s verified Twitter account Tuesday was quickly deleted after individuals online noticed the soldiers in the background appeared to be wearing Nazi uniforms. The Blaze
McCain to get challenge from right . . . Kelli Ward, a two-time state legislator, said it is time to replace the state’s five-term senior senator with “a fresh, new voice” to serve residents in the burgeoning southwestern U.S. state. Reuters
GOP crafts Iran attack plan . . . The GOP could seek to move a measure of disapproval, but it will be difficult to win a filibuster-proof 60 votes, much less the 67 required to overcome a presidential veto. The Hill
Key Democrats skeptical of deal . . . As world leaders announced a historic nuclear deal with Iran, the more than a dozen Republican presidential candidates quickly mobilized, slamming the agreement in near unison as they sought to make their own short-term play to primary voters. Politico
Book of the Week: Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” . . . An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014. Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later.
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Obama trumpets the deal . . . Speaking at the White House this morning, President Obama expressed confidence that the United States could hold Iran to the agreement. “We will be in a position to verify all these commitments,” Obama said. “Inspectors will be able to access any suspicious locations.” White House Dossier
Obama moving on Iran deal before Congress reviews . . . Despite a legal obligation to allow Congress to review the Iran nuclear agreement for 60 days, the Obama administration will press ahead with a U.N. Security Council resolution enshrining the deal, likely within days. CNS News
Obama seeks massive prison reform . . . President Obama on Tuesday laid out a sweeping plan for criminal justice reform in America, calling for the end of mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders, a review of solitary confinement in prisons and a host of other steps. Washington Times
U.S. issues Kenya travel warning ahead of Obama trip . . . The United States has warned its citizens in Kenya ahead of visit by President Barack Obama of the risk of terrorist attacks, singling out a conference that Obama is due to address. The US president is scheduled to give a speech to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Nairobi, which opens on July 24. AFP
Rights groups: Cancel China meeting . . . Human rights groups are urging the Obama administration to halt an impending visit by the Chinese president to Washington amid reports that Beijing has launched a sweeping crackdown against dozens of rights lawyers in the country. Washington Free Beacon
Israeli ambassador to US: “Those ICBMs are for you” . . . Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, says the Obama administration has agreed to a deal that gives Iran both a “legal nuclear program” and the money to develop a delivery system — intercontinental ballistic missiles. And since Israel is on the same side of the world as Iran, “those ICBMs are for you,” Dermer told Fox News’s Megyn Kelly. CNS News
Homeland Security chief seems unaware of Steinle . . . Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Tuesday was asked by a Congressional panel Tuesday whether the White House had reached out to the family of Kate Steinle, the woman shot to death in San Francsco. An illegal immigrant deported five times has been charged in her death. “To who?” Johnson asked. Newsmax
Steinle parents support strict immigration law . . . The parents of a woman shot to death on a San Francisco pier said Monday in a cable television news interview that they support a proposal to give mandatory prison time to deported people who return to the U.S. illegally. Associated Press
Netanyahu: “We will always defend ourselves” . . . The fallout from an Israeli attack would be immense. But I don’t know how Israel can possibly tolerate an Iranian nuclear weapon pointed its way, which is what the agreement ensures – albeit perhaps with a delay of ten to fifteen years, assuming Iran doesn’t successfully cheat. White House Dossier
Arabs see peril . . . The suspicion was especially strong in Saudi Arabia and other gulf states, where the United States has been seen as the ultimate protector and where Iran is viewed as driving much of the region’s violence. New York Times
Middle East nuclear arms race on tap . . . The newly announced Iran nuclear deal and the negotiations leading up to it already are fueling an all-but-declared nuclear arms race in the Middle East, according to current and former government officials who say the situation also creates an opening for Russia to exert more influence in the region. Fox News
ISIS releases video related to Tikrit massacre . . . The Islamic State released a video of their massacre at the Speicher army base in Tikrit, which left over 1,700 young Shi’ite cadets dead. Breitbart
Guzman filmed just before escape . . . Mexican security officials released closed-circuit video footage late Tuesday showing drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s final moments in prison before his escape over the weekend. Fox News
Auschwitz guard, 94, jailed for four years . . . Seventy years after the end of World War II, a guard who worked at the Auschwitz concentration camp was convicted in Germany on Wednesday on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder and given a four-year prison sentence. USA Today
Prosecution too little too late? . . . In 1942, when he was twenty-one years old, Oskar Groening was posted to Auschwitz. He almost immediately witnessed a transport arriving at “the ramp”—the platform where the Jews disembarked. Politico
Court rules against nuns in Obamacare challenge . . . A federal appeals court in Denver ruled on Tuesday against a group of Colorado nuns who challenged a provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires employers to provide insurance policies covering contraception. Fox News
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