Obama Removes Cuba From ‘Terrorist Sponsors’ List

From a cheering New York Times:

Cuba to Be Removed From U.S. List of Nations That Sponsor Terrorism

By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD and JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS | April 14, 2015

The White House announced on Tuesday that President Obama intends to remove Cuba from the American government’s list of nations that sponsor terrorism, eliminating a major obstacle to the restoration of diplomatic relations after decades of hostilities.

And never mind the fact that Cuba does sponsor terrorism. Just look at the ‘Cuban Five.’ — Oh, that’s right. Obama freed them. Including two the terrorists who were convicted of murder.

But also there is the minor detail that Cuba has supported and funded the Nicaraguan Sandinistas, Columbia’s FARC, and every other Communist/narco terrorist organization in Central and South America.

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NK Sent Iran Missile Parts, China Will Build Reactors

From the Washington Free Beacon:

National Security Experts Thank Tom Cotton, Colleagues for Taking Stand on Iran

By Alyssa Canobbio | April 14, 2015

On Tuesday, the Center for Security Policy sent a thank you letter containing signatures from more than 150 security experts to Sen. Tom Cotton and the other 46 senators that sent an open letter to Iran’s leaders in regard to a nuclear deal between President Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei…

Among the signatures of the letter to Cotton where: the Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell, a former United States ambassador, multiple high-ranking military officials, as well as other national security experts.

That’s nice, of course. But the implication is that Sen. Cotton’s ‘open letter’ to Iran actually changed things. Unfortunately, it didn’t.

The Senate still caved for all intents and purposes.

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Senate Panel Approves Iran Bill After (GOP) ‘Retreat’

From Yahoo News:

Panel unanimously approves Iran bill after surprise White House retreat

By Meredith Shiner | April 14, 2015

Just hours after the White House withdrew its opposition to a bill requiring Congressional oversight on any nuclear deal with Iran, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved the legislation, called the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, prompting a victory lap by the bill’s author, committee chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn.

“This legislation is exactly the congressional review that we’ve been working on since day one,” Corker said in his opening remarks to the notably un-contentious hearing…

Really? This is ‘exactly’ what Corker wanted? A month to review the deal after it is made. (A deal which probably won’t even be written down.) And then a chance to vote on a ‘resolution of disapproval’ that has to be passed by a veto-proof majority in each House.

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Senate Waters Down Corker Bill And Obama ‘Relents’

From The Hill:

President relents on Iran bill

By Jordain Carney, Kristina Wong and David McCabe | April 14, 2015

Dropping months of opposition, the White House on Tuesday said President Obama would sign legislation all but guaranteeing a vote for Congress on a nuclear deal with Iran.

The endorsement was a significant victory for Republicans, who for months have criticized Obama’s negotiations with Tehran and demanded a role for lawmakers.

It was also a climb-down for the White House, which had repeatedly threatened to veto legislation drafted by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) [and Robert Menendez (D-NJ)…

What a laugh. As we will eventually see below, the bill has been so watered down it is simply window dressing. (To mix metaphors.)

The administration had warned that the Corker bill could scuttle talks with Iran on a deal that Obama views as an important part of his second-term legacy…

In fact, the Ayatollah Obama himself called Sen.

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New Face The Nation Host To Obama: Pulverize GOP

From Breitbart:

New ‘Face the Nation’ Host Urged Obama to ‘Pulverize…Destroy…Delegitimize GOP’

By John Nolte | April 13, 2015

… It was announced over the weekend that on June 7 John Dickerson will replace Bob Schieffer as the host of CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”

CBS News president David Rhodes — whose brother Ben is a top Obama official most famous for editing the truth out of the infamous Benghazi talking points — said of Dickerson, “John is first and foremost a reporter — and that’s what he’ll be as anchor of ‘Face the Nation.’" …

Here’s what the brother of a top Obama official did not tell you about Dickerson: that in a column for Slate published in the days leading up to President Obama’s second inauguration, Dickerson demanded Obama stop working with Republicans and declare war.

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Dem Rep: ‘It’s Open Season On Black Men In America’

From the Daily Caller:

Democratic Rep: There’s An ‘Open Season On Black Men In America’

By Alex Griswold | April 13, 2015

Democratic Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson took to the floor of the House of Representatives Monday to claim that there was an “open season” on black men in America, and berate his colleagues for failing to act to curb police violence.  “It feels like open season on black men in America, and I’m outraged,” Johnson said. “In fact, all Americans are at risk when bad actors in law enforcement use their guns instead of their heads.”

“Despite bipartisan nationwide calls for action and despite my bills to reform the broken grand jury process, hold police accountable and end militarization, and despite my colleagues’ bills to encourage body cameras, this Congress does nothing,” he continued.

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IA Students: Hillary Is ‘Talking S**t,’ A ‘Control Freak’

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

Iowa students preparing for Hillary’s first ‘listening’ session think she’s a ‘control freak’ who will be ‘talking s**t’ and only wants immigration reform because the Democratic party needs voters

By David Martosko | 14 April 2015

Monticello, Iowa — … Daily Mail Online spoke to students at Kirkwood Community College’s regional center in Jones County, where the former secretary of state will hold her first low-key campaign event [in Iowa].

Which will be closed to the general public and the press. (That is what is meant by "low key.")

The outlook isn’t sunny for the kickoff of her ‘listening tour': Of the ten students interviewed in the school’s public lounge, only two would speak kindly of Mrs. Clinton. ‘She’s going to push some emotional thing on us,’ predicted student Hallie Corum in between classes.

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Hillary Van Named For Scooby Doo (Just Like In 2000)

From an endlessly fawning Time Magazine:

Hillary Clinton’s Van Is Named for Scooby Doo

April 13, 2015

Hillary Clinton is driving somewhere between her home in Chappaqua, New York, and her first official campaign stop in Monticello, Iowa, in a van named for a 1960s cartoon.

That’s how ‘with it’ and hip Hillary is.

The armored van — the same vehicle that usually shuttles her to events in New York — has been nicknamed “Scooby” because it reminds the former Secretary of State of the Mystery Machine, the vehicle used by the main characters in the classic “Scooby Doo” cartoons.

Aides have gone out of their way to note that the drive was Clinton’s idea. The 1,000-mile gambit is designed to help reinforce Clinton’s efforts to put a more down-to-earth spin on her campaign — a strategy she has employed successfully in her 2000 run for a U.S.

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NYT: Hillary Is Just An Unrecognized Fan Of Chipotle’s

From an incredulous New York Times:

Hillary Clinton, Just an Unrecognized Burrito Bowl Fan

By MAGGIE HABERMAN | April 13, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign is all about “everyday Americans,” she made clear in announcing it on Sunday. On Monday, she showed how unassuming she herself could be.

Hillary and "unassuming" in the same paragraph?

Driving to Iowa for her first campaign swing, Mrs. Clinton’s van — with two aides and Secret Service agents aboard — pulled into a Chipotle restaurant for lunch in Maumee, Ohio, a suburb of Toledo. And no one recognized her.

Maybe it was the dark sunglasses. Or maybe she had a certain je ne sais — qui? But nobody took notice of the celebrity in front of the counter.

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Nets Still Cheer Hillary’s Campaign, Ignore Scandals

From NewsBusters:

Networks Continue Acclaiming Hillary Clinton Campaign; ABC, CBS Again Omit Scandals

By Curtis Houck | April 13, 2015

Following a Sunday night and Monday morning in which the networks cheered Hillary Clinton’s announcement of a presidential campaign, the “big three” of ABC, CBS, and NBC returned for more late Monday where all three evening newscasts acclaimed her road trip to Iowa and stop for food at a Chipotle in Ohio. All the while, ABC and CBS ignored yet again the numerous scandals surrounding the former First Lady and secretary of state while NBC made only a brief reference to Benghazi and her e-mail scandal…

Apparently, they also ignored the fact that Hillary wasn’t noticed by any of the other customers at the Chipotle.

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WP: The Letters In ‘Marco Rubio,’ Spell ‘Birac Uboma’

From an easily amused Washington Post:

If you rearrange the letters in ‘Marco Rubio,’ it spells ‘Birac Uboma’

By Hunter Schwarz | April 13, 2015

[BuzzFeed’s] Daniel Kibblesmith [just tweeted]: "Nice try "Marco Rubio" — or should I say… [rearranges letters] "BIRAC UBOMA" [audience gasps]"

Marco Rubio has been compared to President Obama a lot lately. Both were young freshmen Senators when they announced their presidential campaigns. Both are hip-hop fans. And, theoretically, both are much cooler than your average politician. (Talk about a low bar.)

But, no one had drawn the true connection between the two men. No one, that is, except BuzzFeed’s Daniel Kibblesmith.

So this is how flippantly the news media are treating Rubio’s candidacy? BuzzFeed and the WP would never have dared to play  anagram with Obama’s (bizarre) name.

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Nets Bash Rubio On Age, Lack Of Fame And Fortune

From NewsBusters:

Networks Bash Rubio Over Age & Lacking the ‘Experience,’ ‘Fame,’ ‘Fortune’ of Clinton, Bush

By Curtis Houck | April 14, 2015

Minutes after Republican Senator Marco Rubio (Fla.) declared his candidacy for president, the major broadcast networks went to work in their Monday evening newscasts downplaying and attacking Rubio over his age, policy positions, and touting the “experience,” “fame,” and “fortune” possessed by Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and possible Republican candidate Jeb Bush.

At the beginning of her report on NBC Nightly News, correspondent Kelly O’Donnell criticized Rubio immediately by taking a dig at him for pandering to Fox News: “Candidates rarely make their announcements in the evening, but Marco Rubio did. He came here at the precise time of 6:03 p.m. to make sure that cable networks like the conservative home of Fox News would carry it live for a friendly audience, and the location was also intentionally symbolic.”

Imagine picking a symbolic location for your announcement!

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Reuters: ‘Neo-Con Foreign Policy’ Heart Of Rubio Bid

First there is this from Reuters:

Rubio calls 2016 White House race a ‘generational choice’

By Steve Holland and David Adams | April 13, 2015

MIAMI (Reuters) – Republican Marco Rubio presented himself as the leader of a new political generation and the most viable alternative to Democrat Hillary Clinton as he entered the 2016 White House race on Monday and drew a contrast with his mentor and expected opponent Jeb Bush.

Rubio cast himself as a fresh face who could move the country past the Bush and Clinton dynasties that have led American politics for decades and are seeking to again. "The time has come for our generation to lead the way to a new American century," Rubio, 43 and the son of Cuban immigrants, told a cheering crowd at Miami’s Freedom Tower, where thousands of Cuban exiles fleeing the Communist-run island in the 1960s were first registered by U.S.

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Dems Promise To Water Down Corker Bill Even More

From an incensed Associated Press:

Senate committee to challenge Obama with vote on Iran bill

By DEB RIECHMANN | April 14, 2015    

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a direct challenge to the White House, a Senate committee is to vote on a bill that would give Congress a chance to weigh in on any final nuclear agreement that can be reached with Iran…

Wow. Imagine ‘challenging’ Obama like that! What gall. (And never mind that the US Constitution specifically states that the Senate has the right and duty to ratify treaties.)

Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said a vote is likely on Tuesday, possibly on a new version still being crafted Monday night. "There have been some tweaks," said Corker, R-Tenn.

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Kerry Claims Corker Bill Will Cramp Iran Negotiations

From an unquestioning Reuters:

Kerry asks Congress for more time and space on Iran deal

By Arshad Mohammed, Patricia Zengerle and Richard Cowan | April 13, 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told skeptical Republicans and Democrats on Monday that the U.S. Congress should give him another two and a half months to secure a final nuclear deal with Iran.

In a closed briefing with the full House of Representatives, Kerry sought to blunt legislation that would give Congress the opportunity to approve or reject preliminary sanctions relief in an agreement.

Even though the US Constitution specifically gives the Senate that power anyway. (Article II, Section 2, Clause 2.)

"We hope Congress will listen carefully … but also give us some space so we will be able to complete a very difficult task," Kerry told reporters as he entered the meeting…

The Corker-Menendez bill does not do one thing to hamstring the ‘negotiations’ in any way shape or form.

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