Gohmert Threatens (Promises?) to Leave Office if Iran Deal Goes Through

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It looks like the Iran deal is pretty much assured because the Senate Republicans couldn't get enough votes to override a veto, but Rep. Louis Gohmert seems to be trying to make absolutely sure that it does by threatening -- err, promising -- to leave office if Congress doesn't stop the agreement from becoming a reality. Thank you, Mr. Gohmert, for giving us another reason to support the deal! … [Read more...]


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Trump Tells Another Lie About the Iran Deal

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Donald Trump is so busy lying his ass off that one has to wonder how he has time to keep his hair so perfect. He told a real whopper of a lie in a CNN interview about President Obama's negotiated deal with Iran on their nuclear program, claiming that the deal requires the United States to defend Iran if anyone else attacks them, including Israel. Even the Jerusalem Post debunks that lie: … [Read more...]


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An Easy Test of Conservative Arguments Against the Iran Deal

They can't stop it now, but conservative Republicans are still raising holy hell over President Obama's negotiated agreement on Iran's nuclear programs. They like to claim that the enforcement regime, the inspections in particular, are not strong enough. That's absolute nonsense, of course; they're as strong an inspection protocol as one could imagine ever getting, stronger than any previous agreement we've had, even with the Soviets. Yet Donald Trump says: … [Read more...]


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Trump Displays and Defends His Ignorance

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Donald Trump was interviewed by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt and both displayed and defended his total ignorance of foreign policy in response to what he claimed was a "gotcha" question. A gotcha question, of course, is any question Trump doesn't know the answer to and will make him look bad (see Palin, Sarah) when he babbles incoherently in response to it. The exchange: … [Read more...]


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Pro-Reform Iranians Strongly Support Nuclear Deal

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Friend and colleague Kaveh Mousavi, an atheist blogger who lives in Iran, has been posting a lot of important things about the nuclear deal between our two countries and how it is affecting reality in that country already. One of the arguments he has been making is that the agreement strengthens the hands of reformers who want to push Iran to be more democratic, free and equal. And a whole bunch of them are enthusiastically supporting the agreement. … [Read more...]


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GOP Can’t Stop the Iran Deal

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Because of a bill passed months ago that essentially flips the treaty ratification process on its head (note: the Iran deal is not actually a treaty, so this is not illegal), it is a virtual certainty that the Republican-controlled Congress will be unable to stop the nuclear agreement with Iran from becoming official policy. Stopping it would require a two-thirds vote of both houses against it to override a veto. … [Read more...]


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About That Trump Military Adviser…

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I already wrote about Donald Trump being asked about who is advising him on foreign policy and the military and his answer being that he watches a lot of TV shows about it. But he did finally, when pressed, name two people, John Bolton and Col. Jack Jacobs, who were his "go-to" advisers. There's just one problem with that: Jacobs says he's never spoken to Trump about foreign policy at all, though he has seen him at a few parties. … [Read more...]


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Evangelical Leader Hammers Huckabee for Iran Deal Statements

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Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, the chairman of the World Evangelical Alliance‚Äôs Global Task Force on Nuclear Weapons, gave an interview to the Christian Post in which he really blasted Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee for his statements about the nuclear agreement with Iran. He called those statement, saying it would lead to another Holocaust "outrageous" and "wildly irresponsible." … [Read more...]


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Vox Debunks Another Right-Wing Lie About the Iran Deal

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Max Fisher at Vox has been doing a tremendous job of explaining every single detail of the agreement we negotiated with Iran over their nuclear program and of debunking a steady stream of right-wing lies about it. In a new post, he shows why the now-ubiquitous claim that International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors can't get access to a nuclear site to inspect for 24 days is just another lie. In fact, it's 24 hours. … [Read more...]


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Kasich: I Would Not Have Fought the War I Supported

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Ohio Governor John Kasich seems to be having as much of a problem settling on a position on the Iraq invasion (not a war, an invasion) as Jeb Bush is. In an interview on CNN, Kasich said he would "never" have invaded Iraq in 2003. But he was a big proponent of the Iraq war at the time, saying that invading the country was the right thing to do in order to get rid of Saddam Hussein. … [Read more...]


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Trump Still Fumbling for a Position on Iran

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One thing that has become absolutely clear watching Donald Trump campaign is that there isn't even a hint of a coherent set of policy positions. It's obvious that he just wings it, saying whatever comes to his mind at any given moment while being interviewed, which is why he careens wildly from one position to its opposite. Take the Iran deal, for example. A few weeks ago he said this: … [Read more...]


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Neo-Cons and Hillary Clinton

Jacob Heilbrunn has a column in the New York Times arguing that the neo-conservatives who have found such influence in the Republican party over the last 35 years are now preparing to embrace Hillary Clinton in a bid to keep that influence if she wins the White House. … [Read more...]


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