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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Prisoner reentry and why we should care...in 60 Seconds

Mimouna

From Israel Defense Forces:




“Moroccan Jews celebrate a holiday called Mimouna at the end of Passover. It starts the moment you can go back to eating bread. The word “mimouna” means success in Moroccan Arabic. That is what the holiday is all about. We eat traditional foods with lots of oil and dough, and have a ceremony where we dip lettuce in milk and drip it on the heads of guests (milk symbolizes abundance). 
Everyone in the neighborhood knows each other, so we all go from house to house to eat and celebrate. It’s a huge festival for the community!” 
-Sgt. Matan

Fascism: The Career of a Concept





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Supreme Court Expands FBI Spying Power

400 arrested in Stuttgart, protesters clash with police outside AfD party congress (VIDEOS) — RT News

Police have made around 400 arrests as clashes broke outside the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party conference in Stuttgart. During their congress, the right-wing populist movement wants to adopt a clear anti-Islam stance, when its manifesto is presented.



400 arrested in Stuttgart, protesters clash with police outside AfD party congress (VIDEOS) — RT News

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Could there still be a contested Democratic convention?...in 60 Seconds

Myth-Busters: Trump's Foreign Policy Blunders



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Portman Talks Opioid Epidemic on CNN's New Day





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Roberts: Latest Administration Proposal Affirms Concerns about Health Ca...





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Senator Roberts on Fanning Nomination and GITMO





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Heller Teams with Veterans Committee to Unveil New Legislation

U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) spoke at a press conference to unveil legislation with colleagues on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee to reform the agency and improve the delivery of care and benefits to our nation’s veterans and their families. The bipartisan agreement, known as the Veterans First Act, ensures our brave heroes are put first and provided the care they were promised.









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Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act press conference





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Wicker Questions Defense Secretary, Top General on Syria Policy

Watch as U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., questioned Secretary of Defense Carter & Gen. Dunford during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on counter-ISIL operations and Middle East strategy.









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General Levy Reacts to Meeting with Senator Hatch





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Honorary Senatorial Scholars’ Program Launch with Mike Lee and Chris Coons







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Sentencing Reform & Corrections Act Expands Bipartisan Support





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Senator Lee's Remarks on Amendment #3856







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Rubio Uses Case Of Tampa Boy To Urge FDA Action To Help Muscular Dystrop...

Social Justice and The Sargon Effect

Corker Asks for More Clarity on TRID Rule





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Sen. Blunt Discusses His Fallen Heroes Flag Act & The Silver Star Servic...

On Thursday, April 28, 2016, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) discussed his Fallen Heroes Flag Act and Silver Star Service Banner Day resolution. Both of which were passed in the Senate with unanimous consent.









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CNN: Ayotte Opposes Cuts to Veterans Benefits

Senator Kelly Ayotte talks to CNN's Chris Cuomo about how she's partnering with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association (IAVA) to oppose a House bill that would cut benefits for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.









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INHOFE’S Q & A WITH SEC. CARTER AND GEN. DUNFORD

On April 28, 2016, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) participated in the Senate Armed Services Committee's (SASC) hearing titled “Counter-ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) Operations and Middle East Strategy” with Honorable Ashton B. Carter, Sec. of Defense; Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., USMC Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff serving as witnesses.









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Government Is An Excuse For Evil | Larken Rose

Sen. Moran Supports Legislation to Demand Accountability, Change Culture...

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today spoke at a press conference of the Veterans First Act. The legislation would demand a higher level of accountability from the 335,000-employee department in the wake of numerous scandals and change the culture of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The legislation would give VA the tools to fire bad actors, will prohibit bonuses for employees accused of wrongdoing, and will institute protections for whistleblowers.









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BREAKING: Supreme Court Deals HUGE BLOW To Liberals | The Federalist Papers

BREAKING: Supreme Court Deals HUGE BLOW To Liberals | The Federalist Papers

Europe At Pains Over Visa Free Travel for Turks - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Brussels is likely to open the door for visa-free travel to Europe for Turkish citizens, even if Ankara doesn't fulfill all the conditions imposed. Many in Europe are concerned that it could trigger a wave of new refugees from Turkey itself. By SPIEGEL Staff



Europe At Pains Over Visa Free Travel for Turks - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Germany Begins to Look Critically at Support for Israel - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Top Berlin officials are becoming less inclined to unconditionally support Israel. With the two-state solution increasingly unlikely, there is concern that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is "instrumentalizing" Germany's friendship.



Germany Begins to Look Critically at Support for Israel - SPIEGEL ONLINE

The Boko Haram Tactic of Using Girls as Suicide Bombers - SPIEGEL ONLINE

The Nigerian military looks to be slowly gaining the upper hand in its fight against Boko Haram. But the Islamist terror group isn't going quietly and has begun using young girls as suicide bombers. We talked to some of those who escaped.



The Boko Haram Tactic of Using Girls as Suicide Bombers - SPIEGEL ONLINE

CORKER, CARDIN: STATE DEPARTMENT AUTHORIZATION BILL PASSES SENATE FOR FIRST TIME IN 14 YEARS

From Senator Bob Corker:


Apr 28 2016

CORKER, CARDIN: STATE DEPARTMENT AUTHORIZATION BILL PASSES SENATE FOR FIRST TIME IN 14 YEARS

Fiscal Year 2016 Legislation Aims to Streamline State Department Operations, Improve Embassy Security

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded Senate passage of the first State Department authorization bill in 14 years. The 2016 U.S. Department of State authorization bill, which was approved unanimously by the committee in June of 2015, initiates various reforms to diplomacy programs and core operations of the State Department. The bill also includes embassy security provisions to improve protection of U.S. diplomatic facilities and foreign service personnel. Earlier today, the committee approved State Department authorization legislation for 2017.
“For the first time in 14 years, the Senate today approved a bipartisan State Department authorization bill that meets critical oversight responsibilities on behalf of taxpayers,” said Corker. “This legislation prioritizes security upgrades for U.S. personnel at high threat posts and lays the groundwork to streamline State Department operations and make them more effective. With enactment of this legislation and the bill that was reported out of committee earlier today, it is my hope that we will restore the annual practice of assuring the American people that funding for the State Department is being used responsibly to further U.S. interests.”
"This has been an important day for the Senate, the State Department and the American people,” said Cardin. “I join Chairman Corker in lauding this bipartisan achievement and in expressing hope that we return to a regular process of passing a State Department funding bill. Regular order would be a welcome addition to this important business, because the stakes for our foreign policy work are increasingly high. A fully authorized and functional State Department is a critical asset to U.S. national security." 
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Police Take $53k from Christian Orphanage & Refugees

Joe Pags: D'Souza Talks "Hillary's America"

D'Souza Talks About Legalized Crime By The Democrats

Daniel McAdams: How the War Party Works





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WY Agriculture Director Miyamoto Testifies on Invasive Species Reform





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Barrasso Chairs Subcommittee Hearing on Invasive Species





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AfD Bundesparteitag

From Alternative für Deutschland AfD:




Am Samstag und Sonntag berichten wir vom #AfD Bundesparteitag aus Stuttgart, dann wird diese Halle mit etwa 2.500 Mitgliedern gefüllt sein.

Wir freuen uns auf angeregte Diskussionen

Safe! 14-foot Royals statue stolen from billboard found in woods

Safe! 14-foot Royals statue stolen from billboard found in woods: A 14-foot-tall cutout of a Kansas City Royals player from a billboard along I-435 has been located in a wooded area.

BRUTAL Meme Destroys Liberals Over Gun Control And Violence | The Federalist Papers

BRUTAL Meme Destroys Liberals Over Gun Control And Violence | The Federalist Papers

CORKER, CARDIN: STATE DEPARTMENT AUTHORIZATION BILL FOR 2017 PASSES COMMITTEE

From Senator Bob Corker:


Apr 28 2016

CORKER, CARDIN: STATE DEPARTMENT AUTHORIZATION BILL FOR 2017 PASSES COMMITTEE

Legislation Requires U.S. Leadership on Ending U.N. Peacekeeper Abuse, Promotes Efficiencies in Personnel and Management, Restructures Consular Fees

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced committee passage of the bipartisan U.S. Department of State Authorization Act of 2017. The legislation requires U.S. leadership at the United Nations (U.N.) to end sexual abuse and exploitation by peacekeepers, promotes efficiencies in personnel and management at the State Department, and restructures the consular fee system for issuing passports and visas, among other provisions. In 2015, the committee approved a State Department authorization bill for the first time in five years. A State Department authorization bill has not been signed into law since 2002.
“Assuring the American people that their taxpayer dollars are used efficiently in advancing U.S. interests has been one of my top priorities as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,” said Senator Corker. “We made a commitment to conduct a review of State Department programs and practices on an annual basis, and for the second consecutive year, I am pleased the committee approved a bipartisan authorization bill to fulfill our oversight responsibilities. This legislation requires the U.S. to use its leverage at the United Nations to end impunity over the horrific cases of abuse by peacekeepers. It also supports a stronger, more dynamic workforce and makes the issuance of passports and visas operate more like a business. I look forward to working with Senator Cardin and our committee colleagues to pass the bill through the full Senate this year.”
“It’s essential to provide the authorities for the State Department so it can strategically and effectively carry out America’s foreign policy, and I believe we’ve taken an important step in that direction today,” Senator Cardin said. “We fought hard to prioritize the Department’s essential requests while also improving some accountability measures. In a world of increasing challenges and opportunities, the men and women of the United States diplomatic corps work tirelessly day in and day out to keep America safe, improve global health, empower women, protect vulnerable populations, and engage with our allies and adversaries alike through our bilateral relationships and multilateral organizations. I thank Chairman Corker and the Committee’s Members for working in a bipartisan fashion to bring this bill to the Senate floor and look forward to its passage.”
A summary of key provisions is included below and in the attached document.
State Department Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2017
Summary of Key Provisions 
For the second year in a row, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a bipartisan State Department authorization bill for the coming fiscal year. This year’s legislation emphasizes using U.S. leadership at the United Nations (U.N.) to end sexual abuse and exploitation by peacekeepers, improving the efficiency of certain personnel and management practices at the State Department, and restructuring State’s consular fees system to ensure these services are self-supporting. Last year the committee approved an authorization bill for the first time in five years. A State Department authorization bill has not been passed by Congress and signed into law since 2002.
Key provisions of the FY 2017 legislation include:
U.S. Participation in International Organizations
Oversight and Accountability for Peacekeeper Abuse: Requires the State Department to develop a comprehensive strategy and implementation plan for using U.S. influence at the United Nations (U.N.) to reduce sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) by peacekeeping forces. The bill clarifies that existing U.S. prohibitions on funding for foreign military units that are responsible for gross human rights abuses also applies to peacekeeping operations and authorizes the State Department to withhold bilateral military assistance based on a pattern of SEA violations.
U.S. Contributions to the United Nations: Requires an annual report from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on all U.S. contributions to the United Nations and a study from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on reforming the assessment formula for peacekeeping missions. The president also must seek reimbursement of all surplus U.S. peacekeeping contributions to the U.S. Treasury rather than allowing those funds to remain at the U.N.
Whistleblower Protection: Makes permanent an annual 15 percent withholding requirement on funding for U.S. contributions to international organizations that fail to properly protect individuals from punishment for disclosing allegations of impropriety.
State Department Personnel and Management 
Reforming Local Staff Wages: The bill requires the State Department to use recruiting, retention, and labor market conditions as the basis for determining wages of locally employed staff at U.S. diplomatic facilities. Pay levels must at least meet the 50th percentile of the prevailing wage for comparable employment in the area, rather than the current 60th percentile.
Personnel Flexibility: Establishes a pilot program for personal service contractors to meet surge requirements and address workforce shortfalls. The bill also expands flexible personnel authorities for employees that support the department’s language training program and extends limited non-career appointments beyond five-years under certain circumstances while mandating a one-year break between those appointments.
Leadership Accountability for Security Incidents: Unsatisfactory leadership can justify disciplinary action following security incidents under Accountability Review Board (ARB) review.
Facilitating Diplomatic Security Investigations: Grants subpoena authority to Diplomatic Security (DS) agents when investigating passport and visa fraud or performing protective duties. The bill also authorizes DS agents to investigate identity theft, document fraud, and federal offenses within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States and permits arrest authority in response to physical security incidents in the U.S.
Consular Authorities
Consular Fee Restructuring: Restructures the consular fee system so passport, visa and other consular service fees cover the cost of providing those services with any excess revenue directed to the Treasury Department’s general fund. 
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Ryan Talks Education & Health Care Reform with Kenosha County Residents | U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan

WASHINGTON, DC — Earlier this week, Wisconsin’s First District Congressman and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan spoke to thousands of Kenosha County residents during a telephone town hall.  

Excerpts of Ryan’s answers to constituents follow: - See more at: http://paulryan.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398498#sthash.ot1UFV1C.dpuf



Ryan Talks Education & Health Care Reform with Kenosha County Residents | U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan

McConnell to Senate Democrats: ‘Do Your Job’

Press Releases

Apr 28 2016

McConnell to Senate Democrats: ‘Do Your Job’

‘It seems Democrats are more concerned with funding the acquisition of heavy water from Iran than funding water infrastructure here in America.’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Senate Democrats blocking the appropriations process with a filibuster:
“Let me quote to you from a letter I recently received from our colleagues across the aisle:
We are writing to reiterate our interest in working cooperatively to facilitate the Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations process…As we see it, restoring the regular order promises not only a more open and transparent process, but a chance for senators on both sides of the aisle to participate meaningfully in funding decisions. This is a win-win opportunity and we should seize it together.
“That’s exactly what we’ve been doing.

“The appropriations process was off to a strong start, an ‘excellent kickoff’ in the words of the top Appropriations Committee Democrat, with bills passing through the committee by unanimous, bipartisan votes. ‘If this is the way it is going to be to move appropriations,’ she said just a few days ago, then, quote, ‘I think it is a good day.’

“Democrats lauded the first bill on the floor, and in press releases, for helping promote American jobs and for addressing the cleanup of radioactive and hazardous contamination across the country. They praised its key investments in research and water infrastructure.

“Then, they filibustered it.

“The very same people who wrote that letter. The very same people who praised the bill. The very same people who took credit for amendments to the bill.

“It seems Democrats are more concerned with funding the acquisition of heavy water from Iran than funding water infrastructure here in America.

“As we all know, President Obama concluded a nuclear deal with Iran last year. Tehran is expected to reap approximately $100 billion thanks to that deal, and the Obama Administration itself has admitted that the Iranian regime is likely to use that windfall to invest in its war economy — to defend its regime and to strengthen the hand of the Revolutionary Guards, a group that’s been accused of helping Shi’ite militias attack and kill American soldiers in Iraq.

“Many of us, including myself, warned that this deal made little sense in terms of our regional strategy. We warned that it would enhance Iran’s capability and power. And indeed, since signing President Obama’s deal, Iran has tested ballistic missiles, it’s deployed forces to Syria in support of the Assad regime, and it’s harassed American ships and those of our allies within the Persian Gulf.
“So when the Administration made an announcement over the weekend that it would be purchasing so-called ‘heavy water’ from Iran, a lot of us were concerned. That’s right, U.S. funds would be sent to Iran. Nothing in the President’s deal with Iran required the United States to make that purchase, and it likely will effectively amount to even more money for Iran to invest in its military modernization.

“Senator Cotton filed an amendment to prevent the money we’re appropriating here from being used for more of these purchases in the future. His amendment does not put the Secretary of Energy’s current heavy-water purchase agreement at risk. It simply strives to keep our Treasury from subsidizing the modernization of Iran’s military, or the procurement of ballistic missiles or air defenses that may be used against America or her allies. I support his policy objective.

“Democrats apparently do not. They filibustered the overall bill — a bill that passed committee with unanimous bipartisan support, remember — to prevent even the possibility of voting on this amendment. They could hardly wait a single week before throwing an obstructionist wrench into the appropriations process they claimed to want.

“I certainly hope Democrats are not dusting off the old Filibuster Summer playbook, especially in light of the letter they just sent me about ‘win-win’ opportunities and restoring regular order.

“Perhaps the most galling thing about Democrats again trying to blow up the appropriations process is this. They filibustered this appropriations bill then walked into a press conference about Zika funding. But the appropriations process is the path for that funding!

“Preventing the spread of Zika is something both parties agree is a priority. The Administration currently has funds to address the issue but has requested additional funds by the end of next month. Both Republicans and Democrats have been looking at different approaches to properly address the situation. The Senior Democratic Senator from Washington recently characterized that bipartisan, collaborative process as moving forward ‘in good faith.’ That’s especially notable when you consider how difficult it is for a committee to move forward when the Administration keeps it waiting month after month for information it needs, as has been the case here with Zika. But progress was being made anyway. Then, Democrats filibustered and upended the process.

“So how do we move forward now? The second-ranking Senate Democratic leader once shared some wisdom that seems particularly relevant.

“If you don't want to fight fires, don't be a firefighter.

“If you don't want to come to Congress and vote on tough issues, get another job somewhere else.

“Here’s the message to our Democratic colleagues: Do your job.

“There are other areas where both sides have been able to find common ground. We’ve seen the truth of that in the many important solutions passed by this Republican-led Senate already.
“Permanent tax relief for families and small businesses. Groundbreaking education reform that empowers parents and prevents Washington from imposing Common Core. The first long-term transportation solution in years, a solution that will finally allow us to address crumbling roads and infrastructure.
“Whether it’s pay raises for our troops, help for our veterans, or hope for the victims of human trafficking, we got a lot done last year with hard work and cooperation. We’ve gotten more done this year with hard work and cooperation too.
“In the past few months we’ve passed a comprehensive North Korea sanctions bill, a bill to permanently ban Internet access taxes, a measure to give the public more access to government records, a bill to help safeguard American intellectual property from theft, and critical legislation to help address our nation’s prescription opioid and heroin epidemic. Just last week, we passed both the most pro-passenger, pro-security FAA reauthorization in years and the first major energy legislation since the Bush Administration.

“We now have a bipartisan opportunity to responsibly work through individual funding bills. We now have a bipartisan opportunity to responsibly continue addressing funding issues like Zika.

“What it will take is for our Democratic colleagues to end this obstruction and work cooperatively across the aisle instead. That’s not too much to ask. So let’s take a step back and look at the bigger picture.

“I believe that when you give Senators and the people they represent more of a say in the legislative process, they’re bound to take more of a stake in the legislative outcome — regardless of party. That’s why we’ve empowered committees and members to take the lead in more areas. That’s how we’ve gotten the Senate back to work in so many ways. I think members in both parties have seen the benefits of it.
“So yes, some may see a short-term political benefit in blowing up the appropriations process now, but I’d also ask my friends to remember this.
“Restoring the appropriations process is something we all should want.
“Democrats have said it’s what they want. Republicans have said it’s what we want. It’s what I set out to do.
“I think it’s the best way to give individual Senators in both parties more of a voice for their constituents in the funding process, to empower them to make smarter decisions about how taxpayer dollars are spent.
“So we’re going to give our colleagues an opportunity today to reconsider this filibuster. They don’t have to block the appropriations process, which is the path for funding priorities like Zika. I hope they’ll make the right choice.
“We’ve gotten so much done already with hard work and cooperation, I know there’s much more we can accomplish for our country with a little more of each.
“Let’s keep striving to get more done for our country, together.”

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Merkel treibt die EU immer weiter in die Krise

From Prof. Dr. Jörg Meuthen:




Merkel treibt die EU immer weiter in die Krise

Zur Weigerung Griechenlands für Notmaßnahmen auf Vorrat erklärt der Vorsitzende der AfD, Jörg Meuthen:

„Wieder einmal sind die Griechen am Limit. Im Juli müssen sie nach aktuellem Stand 2,4 Milliarden Schulden zurückzahlen. Und wieder einmal wollen die Griechen den Auflagen des IWF nicht zustimmen. Der nächste Eklat ist zum Greifen nahe.

Da Merkel und Juncker die nun wieder eskalierende Griechenlandkrise in den vergangenen Jahren nicht gelöst haben, stellt sich die europäische Gesamtsituation zunehmend katastrophal und immer auswegloser dar.

Griechenland ist durch den Zwangstropf der EU nicht in der Lage, die Asylkrise an den eigenen Grenzen zu bewältigen. Merkel hat mit ihrem Unwillen, Griechenland aus der Eurozone zu entlassen, die EU in eine gefährliche Zwickmühle gebracht.

Merkel zieht mit ihrer Unfähigkeit, Europas Probleme vernünftig anzugehen, die EU immer tiefer in die Krise. Es ist höchste Zeit, dass unsere Partner in der EU, aber auch die deutschen Wähler sich gegen diese fatale Politik zur Wehr setzen.“

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Rubio & Kirk: If Iran Wants Access To The Dollar, It Must Clean Up Its Act

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Sens. Rubio and Kirk: If Iran wants access to the dollar it must clean up its actBy Marco Rubio and Mark KirkFoxnews.comApril 28, 2016http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/04/28/sens-rubio-and-kirk-if-iran-wants-access-to-dollar-it-must-clean-up-its-act.html
Last year, as the Obama administration urged support for the flawed Iran nuclear deal, it repeatedly claimed the deal would not undermine America’s broader efforts to halt Iran’s destructive behavior in the Middle East and beyond.
“We harbor no illusions about the Iranian government’s nefarious activities beyond its nuclear program,” Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew wrote in July 2015.  “Make no mistake:  we will continue to impose and aggressively enforce sanctions to combat Iran’s support for terrorist groups, its fomenting of violence in the region, and its perpetration of human rights abuses.”
But now that the administration has implemented the flawed deal against the will of majorities in the Senate and the House of Representatives, it has dropped the tough talk on Iran.
Worse, Secretary of State John Kerry is leading U.S. officials in siding with the Iranian terror regime’s complaints that the deal—which, among many other things, unfroze over $100 billion in overseas assets—still did not provide enough sanctions relief.
On Friday, Secretary Kerry tried to reassure international financial institutions about the risks of doing business with Iran.  But as he tries to offer new unilateral concessions to Iran, Secretary Kerry is willfully ignoring an important fact:  Iran is denied access to America’s financial system and transactions in U.S. dollars, not because of the Iranian nuclear program, but rather because of Iran’s abuse of its own financial system to promote terrorism and other dangerous activities.
In February 2009, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an important inter-governmental body that sets standards to prevent abuse of the international financial system, called on its members to apply countermeasures against Iran to “protect their financial sectors from money laundering and financing of terrorism risks emanating from Iran.”
In response to FATF’s action, international financial institutions have rightly been wary of doing business with Iran due to the risk of enabling Iran’s terrorist financing and other illicit activities.  In fact, the U.S. Treasury Department even issued a finding in November 2011 that Iran is a jurisdiction of primary money laundering concern under the USA PATRIOT Act’s Section 311.
The nuclear deal changes none of this because, as administration officials admit, Iran remains the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism and its ballistic missile program and related pipelines for proliferation and money laundering continue to flourish.
In a speech in Washington on April 15, Iran’s Central Bank Governor Valiollah Seif claimed Iran has addressed money laundering and terrorist activities.  But as with most statements by Iranian leaders, Seif’s claims are far from the truth.
In fact, FATF declined in February to reverse its past warnings about Iran’s misuse and abuse of its financial system, and instead renewed its call for international countermeasures.  Given FATF’s prestige and membership, this is a clear indictment of Iran’s continuing dangerous behavior.
Despite Secretary Kerry’s advocacy on behalf of Iran’s financial system, the U.S. Treasury Department noted last month that Iran continues to engage in deceptive financial practices in support of terrorism when it imposed modest sanctions against entities and individuals associated with Iran’s Mahan Air.
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Rubio Introduces Bill To Strengthen Promotion Of International Religious Freedom

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today introduced a bill which would give the State Department new tools to support the promotion of international religious freedom globally and counter the spread of violent extremism. The Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act will upgrade the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to better address growing violations of religious freedom around the world today.

“Religious freedom has rightly been called America’s first freedom and must be given priority in our foreign policy agenda. This legislation brings the historic International Religious Freedom Act into the 21st century by giving this administration and future administrations the tools needed to defend this most basic human right,” said Rubio. “People of faith around the world routinely find themselves in the crosshairs, not only of repressive and authoritarian states, but also of non-state actors like ISIL and Boko Haram. Wherever assaults on religious freedom occur, America has a moral responsibility to speak up and to act.

“Congressman Smith has been a stalwart defender of the persecuted and repressed around the world and I am pleased to partner with him in advancing this critical legislation in the Senate,”Rubio added.
 
The Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act, introduced with Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and John Cornyn (R-TX), would:
  • Give the Administration and the State Department new political tools, strengthen the bureaucratic standing of the International Religious Freedom Office and the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom by making clear that the Ambassador reports directly to the Secretary of State.
  • Clarify the Ambassador-at-Large’s role in distributing project grants to protect religious freedom globally.
  • Create a “Special Watch List” and automatic downgrade to a Country of Particular Concern (CPC) for states on the list for three straight years.
  • Clarify that CPC designations will occur annually.
  • Require designation of non-state actors as “Entities of Particular Concern.”
  • Direct the President to focus sanctions on individuals who carry out or order religious restrictions.
  • Set a floor at 25 full-time employees in the International Religious Freedom Office.
  • Require curriculum for training all Foreign Service Officers in the “strategic value of international religious freedom.”
  • Prioritize IRF programming for groups that seek to strengthen investigations, reporting, and monitoring of religious freedom violations, including genocide.
The legislation is the companion legislation to the amended text of H.R. 1150, introduced by Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ), that emerged from a House Foreign Affairs Committee mark-up last week—the only modification is the addition of language prioritizing programming aimed at investigations and monitoring of religious freedom violations to include genocide perpetrated against religious minorities.

Rubio has been a leading advocate of international religious freedom issues in the Senate, including playing a central role in the reauthorization of the bipartisan, independent U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom last year and several individual international religious freedom cases. Just last month, he accepted the International Religious Freedom Roundtable’s Thomas Jefferson International Religious Freedom Champion Award. His #expressionNOToppression Twitter campaign often highlights cases of religious persecution around the world in an effort to raise awareness and issue calls for action.

Shabbat Shalom - April 28, 2016

From Israel Defense Forces:




Passover is considered the Jewish holiday of#SPRING! With Israel blossoming and the sun shining bright, we wish you all a #HappyPassoverand a #ShabbatShalom!

What Do The Swiss Know That We Don't?

Alex Jones Wants To Be A Dog

Denying Transgenderism Is Now A Hate Crime!

Trump's 'Woman Card' Comment Lands Him In Hot Water

The Artificial Takeover Of Our Reality Revealed

US Intelligence: ISIS Taking Advantage of Open Borders

TSA: Misconduct At The Highest Levels

A Powerful Story About a Father Who Lost His Daughter





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Heller’s FCC Process Reform Act Passes Senate Commerce Committee

U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) spoke in support of his legislation, the Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2015 (S. 421), at a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation markup. The legislation, which brings greater transparency and reform to the rulemaking process at the Federal Communications Commission, successfully passed committee.









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Accountability to the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Office





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Sessions Warns Against Ramming Through Unpopular Trans-Pacific Partnership





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Burr Floor Speech: Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorizat...





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Blunt Questions Sec. Carter & Chairman of the Joint Chiefs on His Milita...

On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) questioned Secretary of State Ash Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dunford during an Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense hearing, regarding his Military Family Stability Act.









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The Tyranny of Liberalism





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RIGHT ANGLE: Should Felons be Allowed to Vote?

Obama should release 9/11 secrets | Miami Herald

For some time, President Obama has been promising to declassify and release a 28-page section of the government’s most extensive investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States. It’s time for him to quit stalling and keep his promise.
The redacted section deals with Saudi Arabia, the country of origin for 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers, and, not incidentally, for Osama bin Laden. From the beginning, there have been questions about whether officials of the Saudi government had foreknowledge of the attacks or aided their mission, and, if so, to what extent. It’s long past time to clear that up.







Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/article74302087.html#storylink=cpy


Obama should release 9/11 secrets | Miami Herald

Österreich handelt vorsorglich, Deutschland fährt auf Sicht

From Alternative für Deutschland AfD:




Österreich handelt vorsorglich, Deutschland fährt auf Sicht

Zur anstehenden Parlamentsdebatte um den Notstand in Wien erklärt der stellvertretende #AfDVorsitzende Alexander Gauland: 

„Österreich erwartet diesen Sommer eine weitere Zuwanderungswelle aus den nordafrikanischen und nahöstlichen Krisengebieten. Vor diesem Hintergrund wird das Parlament in Wien heute voraussichtlich mit großer Mehrheit das Asylrecht in Österreich verschärfen. Damit setzt Österreich auf das einzig wirksame Mittel gegen den Zuwandererstrom: Auf Abschreckung und Grenzschließung.

Was in Österreich als ‚vorausschauendes Handeln‘ bezeichnet werden kann, ist bei uns in Deutschland bestenfalls ein ‚Fahren auf Sicht‘. Dabei liegen der Bundesregierung mit Sicherheit die gleichen Informationen über die zu erwartenden Migrationsströme vor wie den Österreichern.
Doch Frau Merkel tut wieder einmal das, was sie am besten kann: Nichts. Sollte sie nach wie vor bei ihrer verfehlten Asylpolitik bleiben, werden die Kommunen, die Länder und nicht zuletzt die gesamte deutsche Gesellschaft diesen Sommer einer erneuten Einwanderungswelle ausgesetzt sein, ohne dass irgendwelche Maßnahmen getroffen wurden.“

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A sailor salutes an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter from the flight deck of the USS Gonzalez (DDG-66)in the Gulf of Aden

April 27, 2016

From the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD):




A sailor salutes an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter from the flight deck of the USS Gonzalez (DDG-66)in the Gulf of Aden. The Gonzalez is deployed as part of the USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group to support Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve and other security efforts in the US 5th Fleet area of responsibility. 

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Pasquale Sena

Senator Coons praises Senator Hatch following passage of the Defend Trad...

Senator Hatch Speaks on the Defend Trade Secrets Act ahead of House Passage





#OrrinHatch #SenatorHatch


Senator Lee praises Hill Air Force Base and the Ogden Air Logistics Complex

This morning in the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Lee praised the hardworking men and women at Hill Air Force Base and Ogden Air Logistics Complex for their efforts to prepare the Air Force’s F-35 for initial operational capability and find the most cost-effective ways to maintain this weapons system. Senator Lee also encouraged the Department of Defense and Congress to follow the innovative example set by Hill Air Force Base and Ogden Air Logistics Complex and learn the tough lessons from the F-35 acquisition process over the past two decades, in order to prevent similar cost overruns and delays in the future.









#MikeLee #SenatorLee


Kirk Calls for Increased Oversight of Alexander County Housing Authority

McCAIN INTRODUCES CARE VETERANS DESERVE ACT OF 2016





#JohnMcCain #SenatorMcCain


Heitkamp Stresses Need to Improve High-Speed Internet in Indian Country ...

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp stressed the need for federal collaboration to assess the high-speed internet needs in Indian Country during a U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on April 27, 2016.









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At Small Business Hearing, Heitkamp Discusses Need to Fix Waters of the ...

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp spoke at a U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship hearing on April 27, 2016 to call on Congress to redo the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. rule. She also discusses the need for her bill that would proactively put in place guidelines for retrospective review of regulations and better help small businesses come into compliance with federal regulations.









#HeidiHeitkamp #SenatorHeitkamp


Put America on a better path

During the Senate Budget Committee’s fourth hearing on the broken budget process, Chairman Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., today said that fixing the budget will help put the nation on a better path by providing more predictability, transparency, and accountability to spending by the federal government.









#MikeEnzi #SenatorEnzi


Corker: China’s Provocative Territorial Claims Threaten U.S. Strategic I...

April 27, 2016 - At a hearing to assess the state of U.S. relations with China, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, cited China’s increasingly aggressive land reclamation activity in the South and East China Seas as a strategic threat to U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific. He also warned of other provocative Chinese actions that undermine opportunities for improving ties with the United States.









#BobCorker #SenatorCorker


Coats: NATO Must Have America’s Support

Coats: Pre-Check Spending on TSA's “Randomizer App”

Problem Professors

Why Gen Y has been unfairly represented - Red Alert Politics

Alexander: Taxpayers Have Paid $23 Billion in Tax Subsidies to Big Wind ...

Today, Sen. Alexander, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, spoke on the Senate floor against an amendment that aimed to increase funding to wind energy programs by $15 million. 
Alexander said, “After 24 years and billions of dollars in subsidies, wind still produces only about 4.7 percent of our country’s electricity. In 2013, Big Wind received 37 percent of all federal energy subsidies. I have worked hard to bring an end to costly, wasteful subsidies for wind and this amendment goes in exactly the wrong direction.”









#LamarAlexander #SenatorAlexander


Thune: We Will Hold The Indian Health Service Accountable

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) discusses the state of Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities in the Great Plains area and the need to hold the agency accountable.









#JohnThune #SenatorThune


Ruger Bearcat





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Sen. Jerry Moran Questions Secretary of Defense Ash Carter During Senate...

On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) questioned Secretary of Defense Ash Carter about the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; end strength levels and cyber threats.









#JerryMoran #SenatorMoran


PHOTO RELEASE: Rubio Discusses Ongoing Problems At Eureka Garden With Jacksonville Mayor, Councilman

Press Releases

Washington, D.C.  U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today met with Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and Councilman Garrett Dennis during a visit to Washington to discuss ongoing problems at the Eureka Garden Housing and Urban Development (HUD) housing complex in Jacksonville, FL.

After the meeting, Rubio issued the following statement:

“I have been involved in calling for accountability on the issues at Eureka Garden since they first came to light. After months of repairs and very little progress, it is clear to me, Mayor Curry and Councilman Dennis that HUD must examine its faulty inspection process. What is happening in Jacksonville has unearthed a problem that must be resolved, and we remain committed to protecting the health and safety of residents living at these taxpayer-funded facilities.
 
“Both Mayor Curry and Councilman Dennis have been leading voices for the residents of Eureka Garden. From listening to tenants’ complaints when the situation at the complex began, to pushing for answers and solutions as knowledge of the scope of these conditions spread beyond Eureka Garden, they have been advocates for the people of Jacksonville. I want to thank them for their continuing efforts to improve living conditions on these federally certified facilities.”

A photo of the meeting is available below and can be credited to the office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio.


Rubio’s office first got involved in the investigation of health and safety conditions over five months ago, following reports of code violations at the Westside complex. An October 2015 HUD inspection found deficiencies in at least 340 of the 400 units, yet just three months earlier in July 2015, HUD gave Eureka Garden Apartments a passing score of an 85 out of 100 in its Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) inspection. Many repairs have been made to the property over the past several months, but the complex still received a low score of a 62 out of 100 in a March 2016 inspection.

Rubio has asked HUD Secretary Julián Castro to reform the agency’s inspection process so that problems can be identified sooner, and to expand the role of state and local partners to ensure greater accountability of HUD-certified facilities. He also highlighted ongoing problems at Eureka Garden last week in a Senate floor speech.