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Obama’s Iranian Nuclear Deal or Death to Israel and America?

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Emerging details of possible Iranian nuclear deal draw bipartisan ire

Emerging details of a possible nuclear deal with Iran have drawn sharp criticism from congressional lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, who say the U.S. and its international partners may be ceding too much as a key deadline nears. 

If reports are true, “then we are not inching closer to Iran’s negotiating position, but leaping toward it with both feet,” charged Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a vocal critic of the direction of the talks. 

“My fear is that we are no longer guided by the principle that ‘no deal is better than a bad deal,’ but instead we are negotiating ‘any deal for a deal’s sake.’”  

The deal is not done, but sources tell FoxNews.com negotiations seem to be reaching a climax at the P5+1 talks in Lausanne, Switzerland. Lawmakers, meanwhile, appear to be getting more restive about whether the demands on Iran will be tough enough.

Details of the emerging deal include a possible trade-off which would allow Iran to run several hundred centrifuges in a once-top secret, fortified bunker site at Fordo, in exchange for limits on enrichment and nuclear research and development at other sites — in particular, Iran’s main facility at Natanz.  

The terms of the agreement have not been confirmed and were shared with The Associated Press by officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity.  

According to the AP report, no centrifuges at Fordo would be used to enrich uranium, but would be fed elements like zinc, xenon and germanium for separating out isotopes for medicine, industry or science. 

Initially, the P5+1 partners, which include the U.S., U.K., Russia, France, China and Germany, had wanted all centrifuges stripped away from the Fordo facility. However, under this reported deal, Iranian scientists would be prohibited from working on any nuclear research or development program there, and the number of centrifuges allowed would not be enough to produce the amount of uranium it takes to make a bomb within a year anyway, according to the officials.  

The site also would be subject to international inspections.  

But that did not seem to boost the confidence of detractors. In a symbolic statement underscoring the concerns of many lawmakers, the Senate also voted unanimously late Thursday for a non-binding Iran amendment — to an unrelated budget measure. The amendment endorses the principles of separate legislation that would re-impose waived sanctions and level new ones on Iran if President Obama “cannot make a determination and certify that Iran is complying” with an interim agreement or any new one that is established in current talks. 

Last Friday, 367 House lawmakers, including 129 Democrats, also wrote to Obama warning that a deal must “foreclose any pathway to a bomb” before they’ll support legislation lifting sanctions on Tehran. The letter was spearheaded by Reps. Ed Royce, R-Calif., and Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., the leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. 

It is not clear whether the recent details emerging from the talks would satisfy that. 

But Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., also spoke out, calling them “disturbing.”    

“[The Iranians] have been cheating for the last 20 years, this facility [Fordo] was found out in 2009. At the end of the day it is a hardened site. To allow enrichment here would be, I think, very irresponsible,” he said in an interview with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News’ “On the Record” on Thursday.    

“It would be delusional for any P5+1 agreement to allow [Iran] to enrich in a fortified facility,” Graham added. “The Arabs are not going to accept such a deal, and they’ll get a bomb of their own, then you’re on the road to Armageddon.”  

Other observers of the agreement say the critics are rushing unnecessarily to judgment.  

“We don’t know whether the reports are true – there’s been a lot of things leaked that may be true or may be a misunderstanding,” said Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council, who spoke with FoxNews.com from the talks in Lausanne. “But if the reports are correct and there will be centrifuges with no uranium in it — they can’t produce a bomb — it’s really put the emphasis on the unreasonableness of the [critics’] objections.”  

Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association in Washington, agreed. “I think Senator Graham and Senator Menendez need to take a step back and put this development in a broader context. The key to Fordo is that we do not want this to be a facility with industrial-scale uranium enrichment and this report suggests they are moving in that direction.” 

The deal reportedly would scale back the centrifuges and uranium enrichment at Natanz and impose other restrictions on nuclear-related research and development. All of the options on the table right now are designed keep an Iranian “breakout” of a weapon at least one year away for the life of the deal, which would run for 10 years.  

This is not enough, and smacks of too much compromise for too little in return, said Menendez. “An undue amount of trust and faith is being placed in a negotiating partner that has spent decades deceiving the international community.”    

That is the reason why David Albright, of Washington’s Institute for Security and International Security, is concerned about Fordo. The deal would allow the Iranians to keep their technology intact and if they please, could be repurposed to enrich uranium.  

“It keeps the infrastructure in place and keeps a leg up, if they want to restart [uranium] enrichment operations,” he said.  

The White House said Friday that it was confident a “political agreement” will be made by the March 31 deadline, which would make space to negotiate the more complicated technical details ahead of the harder June 30 deadline.  

“Important progress has been made but this president is not going to stop short,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. However, he “is not willing to accept an agreement that does not accomplish our goals which is to cut off every pathway Iran has to acquiring a nuclear weapon and secure their commitment to cooperating with a set of intrusive inspections to prove they are complying with the agreement.”

FoxNews.com’s Kelley Beaucar Vlahos and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/03/28/emerging-details-iranian-nuclear-deal-draws-bipartisan-ire/

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As this current Iranian Nuclear deal draws closer to a conclusion one has to wonder if this is nothing more than President Obama’s Jihad against Israel and America.

After all, President Obama did campaign on Fundamentally Transforming the United States of America.

The only question that remains is: Who’s side is he on?

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We’re going down the tubes America

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Has America Lost Her Identity ?

Just take a look around you my friends. Is this the America you grew up in? Socialism seems to have creped into every nook and cranny of American life and culture. Political Correctness has prevented us from pointing out the cause and effect of this downward spiral we find ourselves in. 

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Our cities have become filled with every sort of debauchery and vice in recent years and one has to know which areas are safe and which are not while traveling through any American city these days.

A quick look at the evening news shows us that there are murders and violence each and every night in cities around our country. The wild west in the 1800’s would be a walk in the park for most of us street wise enough to know just how bad things are.

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We who are Constitutional Conservatives know all to well the cancer that has destroyed our great society and today they are in the seat of power. Those we have elected to represent us are weak at best and corrupt at worst. We find ourselves today in quite a quandary as to what options we have left if any at all.

I dare say that as a Baby Boomer we just might be America’s last best hope for destroying this cancer that has rotted out America’s very Soul.

Once our generation is gone there will be no one left to fight that good fight for all that is and was decent in America.

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May God richly Bless each and everyone of you and may God somehow find a way to…..

Bless these United States of Sodom and Gomorrah

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President Obama hears about the ‘latest’ Hillary Scandal on the News

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Obama praises Clinton for asking State Department to disclose emails

President Obama says he found out that Hillary Clinton used a private, nongovernment email account during her tenure as secretary of state through media reports.

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Obama said in an interview with CBS News Saturday that he was glad Clinton decided to disclose those emails, while maintaining his stance that his administration is the most transparent in the nation’s history, while saying Clinton “has been an outstanding public servant.”

“The policy of my administration is to encourage transparency, and that’s why my emails — the BlackBerry that I carry around — all those records are available and archived and I’m glad that Hillary has instructed that those emails that had to do with official business had to be disclosed.”

Obama’s revelation comes after the White House struggled Friday to respond to questions over Clinton’s private email use. The heat was turned up after Politico reported that top White House officials knew in August that Clinton was conducting official government business on her personal email.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said a few officials noticed Clinton wasn’t using a .gov email address. However, he did not say when they noticed and if it raised any red flags. Earnest also brought up the notion that he would not be surprised if Obama learned about it from “newspapers.”

 Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarret told Bloomberg News Friday morning she never received an email from Clinton’s private address and not know if Obama or any other official did either.

According to Politico, the White House, State Department and Clinton’s personal office knew in August that the former secretary of state had used a private email to conduct official business. The State Department became aware while the agency was preparing a batch of 15,000 emails requested by House Republicans in the Benghazi investigation.

“State Department officials noticed that some of the 15,000 pages of documents included a personal email address for Clinton, and State and White House officials conferred on how to handle the revelation,” Politico wrote. “But those involved deferred to Clinton’s aides, and they decided not to respond.

It is unclear who at the White House did the conferring. Jamal Ware, spokesman for the Republican-led Select Committee on Benghazi, confirmed that he noticed Clinton was included on messages at the address hdr22@clintonemail.com when going through State Department documents in “late summer,” and then more on documents in February.

However, Ware told The Associated Press on Thursday that it wasn’t until Feb. 28, just days before the scandal broke, that the State Department acknowledged Clinton only used personal email while in office. After that, the committee, chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., announced it has subpoenaed all of Clinton’s emails relating to Benghazi – including any communications from her personal email and server, as well as texts, attachments and pictures. 

The Associated Press earlier this week quoted an anonymous source saying the White House counsel’s office was also not aware of Clinton’s exclusive use of personal email during her tenure, and only found out as part of the congressional investigation.

Clinton has drawn criticism for using a private server during the four years she was a top official in Obama’s cabinet. Her use of personal emails has raised questions as to whether all important messages were secure and if they were turned over for congressional investigations and lawsuits.

Clinton tweeted Wednesday she turned over all relevant emails to the State Department to review and make public.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/03/08/obama-praises-clinton-for-asking-state-department-to-disclose-emails/

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YEP, THE MOST ‘TRANSPARENT’ ADMINISTRATION IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES

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This Voting American Blog will not be Silenced by Net Neutrality Spambots!

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 Recently this Voting American Blog was hacked by Spambots causing significant damage to our ability to communicate and comment on this blog.

Many of the archived photos used on this site were damaged and or removed. I cannot say for sure where this attack came from but one doesn’t have to think about it too long to make an educated guess.

This Blog has also found itself dropped down low in the google search platform and is sometimes hidden from view by other search engines.

This blog is no friend to the liberal left nor this current corrupt administration so all I can say is fill in the blanks if you’re wondering what is going on behind the scenes in our America. 

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To those who might think they have won a victory in sabotaging this

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I say think again.

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THIS VOTING AMERICAN BLOG IS BACK OPEN FOR BUSINESS

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Portrait of a President

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From Wikipedia:

The decline of the Roman Empire refers to the gradual societal collapse of the Western Roman Empire. Many theories of causality prevail, but most concern the disintegration of political, economic, military, and other social institutions, in tandem with foreign invasions and usurpers from within the empire. The English historian Edward Gibbon, author of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776) made this concept part of the framework of the English language, but he was not the first to speculate on why and when the Empire collapsed. “From the eighteenth century onward,” Glen W. Bowersock has remarked,[1] “we have been obsessed with the fall: it has been valued as an archetype for every perceived decline, and, hence, as a symbol for our own fears.” It remains one of the greatest historical questions, and has a tradition rich in scholarly interest. In 1984, German professor Alexander Demandt published a collection of 210 theories on why Rome fell, and new theories have emerged since then.[2][3]

This slow decline occurred over a period of four centuries, culminating on September 4, 476, when Romulus Augustus, the last Emperor of the Western Roman Empire, was deposed by Odoacer, a Germanic chieftain. Some modern historians question the significance of this date,[4] and not simply because Julius Nepos, the legitimate emperor recognized by the East Roman Empire, continued to live in Salona, Dalmatia, until he was assassinated in 480. The Ostrogoths who succeeded considered themselves upholders of the direct line of Roman traditions. The Eastern Roman Empire was going from strength to strength and continued until the Fall of Constantinople on May 29, 1453.

Many events throughout the empire’s history are considered to have worsened the empire’s so-called “decline”. The Battle of Adrianople in 378, the death of Theodosius I in 395 (the last time the Roman Empire was politically unified), the crossing of the Rhine in 406 by Germanic tribes, the execution of Stilicho in 408, the sack of Rome in 410, the death of Constantius III in 421, the death of Aetius in 454, the second sack of Rome in 455, and the death of Majorian in 461 are all macrohistorical events concerning the decline of the Western Roman Empire.

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How much longer can our Freedom last?

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History tells us that some of the greatest empires on earth have fallen do to apathy, greed and a moral decline.  History tends to repeat itself and if we Americans don’t wake up soon we may find our Republic on the ash heap of history ourselves.

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I am seeing all across the web a serious decline in readership of the blogs that stand as a beacon of light warning of our impending doom. Perhaps many are just burned out and discouraged while others may feel there is no escaping our fate. It is my hope that there will come a revival of sorts in the near future. It is my hope that American morality will triumph over the evil that has befallen our country. It is my hope that America can be restored to her former greatness.

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I fight within myself daily to keep this blog alive and vibrant and must admit there are times when I would rather just let it go and leave the fight for Freedom to the next generation.

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How many times will Obama lie during the State of the Union address?

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Obama to call for new tax increases in State of the Union address

President Obama plans to call for billions in tax increases on top earners – including a hike in investment tax rates — in order to fund new tax credits and other measures the White House claims will help the middle class.

The president’s proposals, which also include eliminating a tax break on inheritances, are likely to be cheered by the Democratic Party’s liberal base when they are announced Tuesday night in his State of the Union address. However, the tax increases are all but certain to be non-starters with the new Republican majority on Capitol Hill.

The president’s address — his first to a Republican-led Congress — will call for $320 billion in tax increases over 10 years. Aside from funding new tax credits including a tax credit for working families and expanding the child care tax credit, the White House says that money would go to funding measures to make college more affordable and accessible, including the president’s recently announced plan to make community college free for many students.   

The centerpiece of the president’s tax proposal is an increase in the capital gains and dividends rate on couples making more than $500,000 per year to 28 percent, the same level as under President Ronald Reagan. The top capital gains rate has already been raised from 15 percent to 23.8 percent during Obama’s presidency.

Obama also wants to close what the administration is calling the “Trust Fund Loophole,” a change that would require estates to pay capital gains taxes on securities at the time they’re inherited. Officials said the overwhelming impact of the change would be on the top 1 percent of income earners.

While GOP leaders have said they share Obama’s desire to reform the nation’s complicated tax code, the party has opposed many of the proposals the president will outline Tuesday. For example, most Republicans want to lower or eliminate the capital gains tax and similarly want to end taxes on estates, not expand them.

Administration officials pointed to a third proposal from the president as one they hope Republicans would support: a fee on the roughly 100 U.S. financial firms with assets of more than $50 billion. Officials said the fee is similar to a proposal from former Republican Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan, who led the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee. Camp’s plan, however, was part of a larger proposal to lower the overall corporate income tax rate.

The Obama administration claims that raising the capital gains rate, ending the inheritance loophole and tacking a fee on financial firms would generate $320 billion in revenue over a decade. Obama wants to put the bulk of that money into a series of measures aimed at helping middle-class Americans. Among them:

–A credit of up to $500 for families in which both spouses work. The administration says 24 million couples would benefit from the proposal, which would apply to families with annual income up to $210,000.

–Expanding the child care tax credit to up to $3,000 per child under age 5. The administration says the proposal would help more than 5 million families with the cost of child care.

–Overhauling the education tax system by consolidating six provisions into two, a move that could cut taxes for 8.5 million families. Republicans have been open to the idea of consolidating education tax breaks.

The president’s address will also include calls for lawmakers to increase paid leave for workers and enact broad cyber security rules.

Obama’s call for higher taxes on the wealthy is likely to further antagonize Republicans who are already angry with the president over his vows to veto several of the party’s priorities, including legislation to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, make changes to the president’s signature health care legislation and block his executive actions on immigration.

Republicans say Obama’s veto threats are a sign of a president who didn’t get the message from voters who relegated his party to minority status in the November election. New Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the president still has a chance to change his tone.

“Tuesday can be a new day,” McConnell said. “This can be the moment the president pivots to a positive posture. This can be a day when he promotes serious realistic reforms that focus on economic growth and don’t just spend more money we don’t have. We’re eager for him to do so.”

Beyond rolling out new proposals, Obama’s address is also expected to focus on making the case to the public that recent economic gains represent a real and lasting recovery. The approach reflects the White House’s belief that it has been too cautious in promoting economic gains out of fear of looking tone deaf to the continued struggles of many Americans.

White House advisers have suggested that their restraint hindered Democrats in the November elections and helped Republicans take full control of Congress for the first time in eight years. But with hiring up and unemployment down, the president has been more assertive about the improving state of the economy in the new year. Tuesday’s prime-time address will be his most high-profile platform for making that case.

“America’s resurgence is real, and we’re better positioned than any country on Earth to succeed in the 21st century,” Obama said Wednesday in Iowa, one of several trips he has made this month to preview the speech.

Obama isn’t expected to make any major foreign policy announcements. He is likely to urge lawmakers to stop the pursuit of new penalties against Iran while the U.S. and others are in the midst of nuclear negotiations with Tehran. In a news conference Friday, Obama said legislation threatening additional penalties could upend the delicate diplomacy.

“Congress should be aware that if this diplomatic solution fails, then the risks and likelihood that this ends up being at some point a military confrontation is heightened — and Congress will have to own that as well,” he said.

The president also is expected to cite his recent decision to normalize relations with Cuba, as well as defend the effectiveness of U.S. efforts to stop Russia’s provocations in Ukraine and conduct air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/01/18/obama-to-call-for-tax-increases-on-wealthy-in-state-union-address/

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