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Key Dem Explains Iran ‘No’ Vote: Must Send Constitutional Message that Deal Is Not Binding

Monday, August 10th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The Democratic ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific came out against the Iran nuclear, marking the latest defection from the administration position after Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) became a “no” vote. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), who has a long legislative history of battling the mullahs in Tehran, is […]

Israel Holds Off on Joint Military Exercise with U.S. in Wake of Potential Iran Deal

Monday, August 10th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

IMRA picked up on this release from the Israeli Defense Forces: The relations with the USA continue to be very tense: the editorial board of Israel Defense has learnt that Israel declined far-reaching proposals for Israeli-American defense cooperation in the context of a massive joint training exercise, designated Juniper Cobra 16, scheduled for early 2016. The exercise should include […]

ISIS Abducts Christians to Use as ‘Bargaining Chips’

Monday, August 10th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Arab media reports: Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants have abducted hundreds of civilians, including dozens of Christians, from a central Syrian town it captured earlier this week, activists say, a development that has prompted hundreds of Christian families to flee to areas outside the control of the ultra-radical group. Syria-based activists who monitor the group’s activity […]

Schumer to Lynch, Kerry: Don’t Step in to Help Palestinians in Multi-Million Terror Lawsuit

Thursday, August 6th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) not only came out against the Iran deal — something he planned to announce Friday but was reportedly leaked early to the Huffington Post by a miffed White House — but on Thursday asked the administration to butt out of a case to grant damages to Palestinian terror victims. Schumer’s letter […]

‘The Very Real Risk… Is Too Great’: Schumer to Vote NO on Iran Deal

Thursday, August 6th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) long-awaited decision on the Iran nuclear deal is in: No. “Every several years or so a legislator is called upon to cast a momentous vote in which the stakes are high and both sides of the issue are vociferous in their views,” the next leader of the Senate Dems wrote in […]

Corker: Obama ‘Trying to Shut Down Debate’ on Iran Deal by Branding Skeptical Lawmakers ‘Unpatriotic’

Thursday, August 6th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee began a hearing on human trafficking this morning by blasting President Obama’s Iran speech Wednesday at American University. “Just because Iranian hardliners chant ‘Death to America’ does not mean that that’s what all Iranians believe. In fact, it’s those — in fact, it’s those hardliners who are […]

Archaeologists Unearth Another Impressive Biblical Find

Thursday, August 6th, 2015 - by Chris Queen

Science continues to prove the Bible on a regular basis. This time, archaeologists from Bar-Ilan University in Israel have uncovered what appears to be the hometown of the giant Goliath. The town, called Gath, was occupied until the ninth century B.C. In biblical accounts, the Philistines — the mortal enemies of the Israelites — ruled […]

U.S. Negotiators Never Asked Iran ‘Explicitly’ If There Were Other Side Agreements

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Under questioning from a Senate Democrat today at a Banking Committee hearing on the Iran deal, the lead State Department negotiator said they never bothered to ask Iran if there are any other side deals floating around out there. Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman came under intense bipartisan questioning about Iran’s agreement with the International […]

Netanyahu: ‘This Deal Will Bring War’

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The day before President Obama slammed his “alarmist” critics including Israel’s leader in his American University speech, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was somberly warning the Jewish Federations of North America in a video address that lives will be lost under the Iran nuclear deal. After 15 years of research and development under the deal, […]

McCain and Graham: Obama ‘Should Not Throw Stones from His Glass House’

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) blasted President Obama’s Iran speech today in a joint statement, stressing that “in addition to jousting with strawmen, the president also repeated his reliance on false choices” — aka deal or war. “President Obama’s speech today is just another example of his reliance on endless strawmen to […]

Obama’s Attack on Iran Deal Critics Compares GOP Caucus to ‘Death to America’ Chanters

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Noting that he picked American University because JFK spoke there during the Cold War, President Obama hailed his nuclear agreement with Iran as a landmark moment in nonproliferation while launching blistering attacks against any critics of the deal. Kennedy, he said, “rejected the prevailing attitude among some foreign-policy circles that equated security with a perpetual […]

Kerry: Congress Rejecting Iran Deal Would Be ‘Ultimate Screwing’ of Poor Ayatollah

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Secretary of State John Kerry complained to The Atlantic that Congress rejecting the Iran deal would be the “ultimate screwing” of the Islamic Republic. “The ayatollah constantly believed that we are untrustworthy, that you can’t negotiate with us, that we will screw them,” Kerry said in the interview with Jeffrey Goldberg. “The United States Congress […]

Obama Brings Jewish Groups to White House to Lobby for Iran Deal

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

President Obama personally lobbied several Jewish groups at the White House yesterday to support the Iran nuclear deal — groups that have already been lobbying for and against him. The meeting in the Cabinet room Tuesday precedes Obama’s speech pitching the Iran deal today at American University. According to the White House, Obama “met with […]

(VIDEO) George Will Coins the Perfect Phrase to Describe Obama’s Tenure: ‘Constitutional Vandalism’

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

We need to make this one stick. Face it kids, there are going to be a seemingly endless number of ways to negatively describe what’s been going on here once he leaves office. Let’s just thank Mr. Will for giving us a favorite this early.

U.S. Officials Divided Over Whether Al Qaeda or ISIS is Bigger Threat

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Well, that’s comforting. The Obama administration’s top intelligence, counterterrorism and law enforcement officials are divided over which terrorist group poses the biggest threat to the American homeland, the Islamic State or Al Qaeda and its affiliates. The split reflects a rising concern that the Islamic State poses a more immediate danger because of its unprecedented […]

‘If You Return, We Shall’: Al-Qaeda Video Takes Credit for Stopping Charlie Hebdo Muhammad Cartoons

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula released a new video today praising the Chattanooga shooter and declaring victory over French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s decision to stop penning Muhammad cartoons. The nearly 10-minute video from al-Malahem Media Foundation features AQAP official Khalid bin Umar Batarfi directly addressing would-be jihadists and America, stressing “a command from Allah to […]

Top Dem on Appropriations Committee Says ‘No’ to Iran Deal

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee says she will oppose the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran when it comes before Congress. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), who has served in Congress since 1989, said in a statement that she’s reviewed the details of the deal “and consulted with officials in the Obama administration, regional […]

Iran Nuclear Deal Disapproval Resolution Introduced, Will Get Vote in September

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Today House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) introduced a resolution of disapproval for the Iran nuclear deal, and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said it will receive a vote after Congress returns from recess in September. Royce sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday protesting that lawmakers need access to […]

Arab Media Justifies Attack on French Tourist at Al Aqsa Mosque

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

According to blogger Elder of Ziyon, the Arab media has jumped on the story of an “Israeli extremist” attempting to hoist an Israeli flag over the Dome of the Rock, aka the Temple Mount. Championing the Palestinian worshipers at the scene who attacked the man, the Arab media failed to report that he was not, […]

Despite Celebrity PR Campaign, New Poll Shows Americans Really, Really Don’t Like Iran Deal

Monday, August 3rd, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

It would appear that the American public isn’t quite ready to be fooled all of the time. Update: A new poll shows even worse numbers for the Iran deal. The Quinnipiac University poll shows 57 percent against and just 28 percent in support. The two-to-one negative split is by far the worst poll yet for […]

Chechen Terrorists In Syria Have Obtained U.S.-Provided TOW Anti-Tank Missiles

Friday, July 31st, 2015 - by Patrick Poole

New evidence emerged this week that yet another terror group operating in Syria possesses BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missiles that had been provided by the U.S. to so-called “vetted moderate” rebel groups. On Tuesday, the Caucasus Emirate posted photos of themselves using a TOW system on Twitter. The U.S. designated the Caucasus Emirate a terrorist organization in May 2011. […]

What’s In Those Secret Iran Documents?

Friday, July 31st, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

Just when you think the Obama administration can’t get any more contemptuous of the American people, it tops itself: Scattered around the U.S. Capitol complex are a series of Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facilities, or SCIFs, which are typically used to hold Top Secret information. But today in these deeply secure settings are a series of unclassified […]

IAEA Refuses to Brief Senators on Iran Deal, Even in Classified Setting

Thursday, July 30th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said at a hearing on the Iran nuclear deal today that they requested a meeting with International Atomic Energy Agency on its agreements with Tehran. These deals are not in the possession of the Obama administration and have never been seen by Secretary of State John Kerry, much […]

VIDEO: Defense Secretary Doesn’t Know If Ayatollah’s Religion Compels Him to Destroy Israel

Thursday, July 30th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing yesterday to answer questions about the Iran nuclear deal, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said he couldn’t determine whether Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had religious motivations to destroy the Great Satan and the Little Satan. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) first asked Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin […]

#BringBackOurRebels: Despite Pentagon Denial, Reports Confirm That U.S.-Trained Syrian Rebels Were Kidnapped By Al-Qaeda Almost Immediately

Thursday, July 30th, 2015 - by Patrick Poole

(Be sure to see the update below for new details and Associated Press confirmation.) Earlier this week, I reported at PJ Media that the first class of Obama’s U.S.-trained, “vetted moderate” Syrian rebels — 50 in all — had left Turkey for Syria and had not been heard from since, based on a McClatchy report. Yesterday, […]

Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes Rising in United Kingdom

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Sadly predictable. The number of anti-semitic hate crimes reported to police has soared in parts of the UK, police figures reveal. A number of the largest forces in the country are recording rising numbers of offences against Jewish people and property, figures from police forces show. In London and Greater Manchester the total more than […]

Day After Kerry Lobbied Her Committee, House Dem Says No to Iran Deal

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The day after Secretary of State John Kerry tried to convince the House Foreign Affairs Committee to back the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran, a Democrat on the panel said she wouldn’t be voting for the accord. “I strongly believe the world could and should have a better deal than that set forth in […]

Cruz Not Backing Down From Comment About Obama Sponsoring Terrorism

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

More of this, please. According to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran is essentially financing terrorism. And he’s not backing down after the president called his comments “outrageous.” “If this deal is consummated, it will make the Obama administration the world’s leading financier of radical Islamic terrorism,” Cruz said during […]

Kerry: Maybe None of Us Have Even Read the IAEA-Iran Deals

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Secretary of State John Kerry admitted at the Senate Armed Services Committee today that not only does the U.S. not have a copy of the agreements between the International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran, but he doesn’t know if anyone in our government has read them. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said he traveled to Vienna […]

Dempsey on ‘at Least Five Other Malign Activities’ That Raise Concern on Iran Deal

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Gen. Martin Dempsey is soon stepping down as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and was candid with the Senate Armed Services Committee today about the nuclear deal and threats that remain with Iran. Dempsey was sitting next to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, and Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, […]

#BringBackOurRebels Part 2: Al-Qaeda Arrests 18 U.S.-Trained Rebels On Their First Day in Syria

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 - by Patrick Poole

On Monday, I reported here at PJ Media that the first 50 graduates of Obama’s U.S.-trained “vetted moderate” Syrian rebel army had left Turkey for Syria two weeks ago — and haven’t been heard from since. But today comes a new report that a fresh class of U.S.-trained recruits were arrested today upon entering Syria. […]

Cotton Stands by Characterization of John Kerry as Pontius Pilate

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is standing by his comparison of Secretary of State John Kerry to Pontius Pilate. Cotton originally made the comments last week on MSNBC. “So John Kerry acted like Pontius Pilate,” he said. “He washed his hands, kicked it to the IAEA, knowing that Congress would not get this information unless someone […]

Harf: The More We Tell People About Iran Deal, ‘The More They Like It’

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

State Department senior advisor Marie Harf said the administration is confident that polls will swing in their favor on the Iran deal because “when the questions are asked, the more information you give people about the deal, the more they like it.” “And I think that that’s an important trajectory that we certainly find heartening […]

WATCH: Kerry Won’t Commit to Following Law If Congress Tosses Iran Deal

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Pressed by a senior House Democrat at today’s Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the Iran deal, Secretary of State John Kerry would not commit the Obama administration to following the law if Congress shoots down the deal by a veto-proof majority. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) noted that the deal “might be, at most, morally binding […]

Kerry Explains Why Iran Deal Isn’t a Treaty: Because You Guys Would’ve Said No!

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged to the House Foreign Affairs Committee today why the administration was insistent that the Iran nuclear deal is not a treaty subject to ratification by the Senate. Simply put, they counted on Congress not being compliant enough. “For 228 years the Constitution provided a way out of that mess […]