Once again, the Iran deal confirmed by diplomats in Lausanne, Switzerland has failed to materialize. And the only thing more pathetic than the repeated collapse of the talks is the spectacle of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry staying on, even after diplomats from China, Russia, France and Germany have packed their bags and gone home. He is simply unwilling to admit failure. But the Iranian regime is happy to entertain his illusions, and so their delegation has stayed behind, too.
Now that Harry Reid has admitted he was lying about Mitt Romney failing to pay taxes in order to help Barack Obama win re-election, the media are pretending to be shocked. But they were complicit, too, giving Reid's claim more air time than it possibly deserved. And the Obama campaign backed Reid's efforts, pushing his lies in their own words. The worst offender was Jen Psaki, who was later rewarded with plum communications posts at the State Department and the White House.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted the emerging Iran deal on Wednesday, calling it "unconscionable" that world powers were about to sign an agreement with the "murderous" regime even as it continued to vow to destroy Israel.
After a marathon negotiating session that stretched into the wee hours of Wednesday morning, April 1--hours after the official deadline--the parties gathered in Lausanne, Switzerland reached a tentative deal on Iran's nuclear program.
Trevor Noah had barely endured 12 hours of conservative criticism about his past Twitter comments when the left began to voice its outrage, as well. Liberal critics focused in particular on Noah's jokes about women. Yet while both left and right seized on Noah's Twitter feed, the spirit of criticism was not quite the same for each.
Diplomats meeting Tuesday in Lausanne, Switzerland to hammer out the framework agreement for a deal on Iran's nuclear program missed their deadline of March 31, and resolved to continue their negotiations for an additional day, expecting to complete an agreement on April 1st, otherwise known as April Fool's Day.
San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, the only Republican mayor of a major U.S. city, joined the "Boycott Indiana" bandwagon, banning city travel Monday to the state over its recent Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which critics have called anti-gay. "We've directed the City's Chief Operating Officer to take the necessary actions to restrict publicly funded travel by city employees to Indiana if the law is not amended or repealed by next week," said Faulconer's spokesperson.
Negotiations toward a nuclear deal between Iran and the P+5 nations (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany) will continue through June, according to reports from Lausanne, Switzerland on Tuesday. The announcement was made to satisfy the self-imposed deadline of March 31 for a provisional agreement, with "technical" details to be agreed by July 1. However, major differences appear to have been redefined as "technical" to keep talks going.
Trevor Noah, the newly-named replacement for Jon Steward on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, is still an unknown quantity to many Americans. Curious fans and critics, eager to learn more about the South African comedian, have been combing the Internet for clues, and have turned up troubling comments about Israel and Jews that have some wondering if the new host will, like Stewart (Leibowitz), take to hiding his Jewish-sounding name to avoid controversy. (I kid.)
South African comedian Timothy Noah has been named to succeed Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central. Noah is talented and funny, and as a fellow native son of South Africa, I wish him well. Unfortunately, Noah is a mismatch for the show. Stewart would be a tough act to follow in any circumstances, but Noah lacks any obvious fluency in American politics or media, and his specialty in racial and ethnic humor suggest that his repertoire will remain limited.
Iranian negotiators in Lausanne, Switzerland have pulled what observers are calling a "bait-and-switch" by reneging on an earlier agreement to export their country's existing stockpile of highly enriched uranium. The New York Times calls the shift a "surprise" move on a "critical element" of the nuclear deal, but adds that "the Obama administration is expected to argue that it would not constitute a serious risk" to the deal if the stockpile is inspected by international monitors.
The news agency Agence France-Presse reports from Lausanne, Switzerland that Iran and the P5+1 powers (the five UN Security Council permanent members, plus Germany) have reached "provisional agreement" on the terms of nuclear deal.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday that an emerging nuclear deal with Iran was "even worse" than Israel had feared, warning of a new Iranian "axis" that was "dangerous for all of humanity and which much be stopped."
The Iranian regime apparently believes it can extract additional concessions from world powers as the deadline for a March 31 deal approaches, according to a report by Bloomberg News from Lausanne, Switzerland. Iran wants UN sanctions to be lifted up front--not kept in place for several years while international monitors measure Iranian compliance, as the U.S. and other powers (Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom, and Germany) have said was a non-negotiable provision.
Billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, a generous Republican donor and staunch supporter of Israel, has reportedly become "incensed" at former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush over comments that a Bush foreign policy adviser made about Israel.
"An ambitious man might make his own aggrandizement, by the aid of a foreign power, the price of his treachery to his constituents." Thus did Alexander Hamilton warn the American people, in Federalist No. 75, against allowing the president to make treaties alone.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to face harsh criticism, at home and abroad, for remarks he made on Election Day warning that Arabs were being bused to the polls and voting in large numbers, threatening the future of the right-wing government. Netanyahu has since apologized to the Arab community. From a purely political perspective, however, the only thing that matters is that he won. That raises the question: what if Republicans had done the same in 2008 and 2012?
Travel schedules of Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif suggest that the parties may gather for a "signing" ceremony on Sunday, March 29 in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The news that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is to be tried for desertion casts the 2014 prisoner swap in a new light. President Barack Obama traded five senior Taliban leaders, who had been imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay, for Bergdahl--and did so without giving Congress 30 days' advance notice. In doing so, the Obama administration broke the law, according to a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. That violation was not just a crime, but also, in context, a high crime.
Majorities of the 1,706 adults surveyed favor President Obama, like Obamacare, support amnesty, favor high taxes, and say government should redistribute wealth. Yet a 54% of Californians--and 44% of Democrats--say that the Keystone XL pipeline should be built, contrary to Obama's veto.
Iran is refusing to commit to a written nuclear deal ahead of the March 31 deadline that American officials had touted for a general framework to be signed, the New York Times reports.
Former Florida governor and putative presidential candidate Jeb Bush distanced himself from newly-appointed foreign policy adviser James A. Baker III on the matter of U.S. policy towards Israel, according to a report in Politico Tuesday.
Tweet your latest selfie from a #BlackLivesMatter protest. Go to Starbucks and order a "tall blonde, black" and engage your barista in a serious conversation about race. Once you're feeling suitably guilty--or adequately entitled--head over to your local movie theater, and go see Get Hard, the new comedy out Mar. 27 featuring Will Farrell and Kevin Hart--preferably after midnight, when the audience will be (ahem) more inclined to talk back to the screen. And laugh the P.C. police away.
Jerry Brown is "starting to look good to Democrats," according to MarketWatch, citing the fourth-term California governor as a potential presidential alternative to Hillary Clinton in 2016. "The 76-year-old governor of California wowed the politicos with his appearance on NBC’s 'Meet the Press' on Sunday. He was passionate, sharp and didn’t speak in code."
Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, a foreign policy adviser to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday evening at the Washington gala dinner for J Street, a Soros-funded left-wing group that is devoted to disrupting the close U.S.-Israel alliance. Baker said that Netanyahu had been too forceful in his opposition to a nuclear deal with Iran, and that he had shown insufficient commitment to peace with the Palestinians.
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