Thursday, March 24, 2016
NORTH CAROLINA LAWMAKERS & GOVERNOR OVERTURN CHARLOTTE'S CONTROVERSIAL "BATHROOM BILL"
BY HEATHER CLARK
SEE: http://christiannews.net/2016/03/24/north-carolina-lawmakers-governor-overturn-charlottes-controversial-bathroom-bill/; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:
MICHIGAN BOARD OF EDUCATION RELEASES CONTROVERSIAL NEW LGBTQ GUIDELINES
BY RAVEN CLABOUGH
SEE: http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/education/item/22827-michigan-board-of-education-releases-controversial-new-lgbtq-guidelines; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:
TIM KENNEDY: LEFT WANTS MORE TERROR TO TAKE OUR FREEDOMS
Special Forces operative joins the show to break down the destabilization of the Middle East
Top Army War Fighter Speaks Out Against Tyranny
INSIDER: CRUZ CAMPAIGN ENCOURAGED
UTAH VOTERS TO BREAK LAW
Campaign reportedly sent e-mail that leaves out legal requirements
BY KIT DANIELS
SEE: http://www.infowars.com/insider-cruz-campaign-encouraged-utah-voters-to-break-law/; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:
COMMUNISM AT THE CORE OF COMMON CORE
SEE: http://www.trunews.com/communism-at-the-core-of-common-core/; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:
FOLLOW THE MONEY
GEORGE SOROS' SON PROVIDES $1 MILLION DONATION TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD VOTES
BY JOE SCHOFFSTALL
SEE: http://freebeacon.com/politics/george-soros-son-provides-1-mil-donation-to-planned-parenthood-votes/; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:
Jonathan Allan Soros, the chief executive officer of JS Capital Management LLC and son of liberal billionaire George Soros, made a $1,000,000 donation to Planned Parenthood Votes during the month of February, newly released Federal Election Commission records show.
Planned Parenthood Votes, the political action arm of Planned Parenthood, received donations from 11 individuals totaling $2,723,297.17 in February. Jonathan’s contribution was double that of the next-largest donation given to the group.
Jay Pritzker, managing partner at the Pritzker Group, an investment firm, provided the second-largest contribution throughout February in the amount of $500,000.
Joanne Egerman, who sits on the board of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts in Boston and the Anti-Defamation League in New York, gave $400,000 to the group last month.
Jonathan Soros is not the only member of the Soros family to pump money to Planned Parenthood Votes this year.
The group pulled in $538,585.18 from just five donors in January including $250,000 from Andrea Soros Colombel, president of the Trace Foundation and daughter of George Soros.
Planned Parenthood Votes now shows $4,508,822 in total receipts for the 2016 election cycle and has spent $1,295,881. The group currently has $3,342,810 cash on hand and debts of $258,296.
Obama Admin Engaged in Secret Talks
to Pay Iran Nearly $2 Billion
Officials admit delays in informing Congress,
say more payments to come
BY ADAM KREDO
SEE: http://freebeacon.com/national-security/obama-admin-secret-talks-pay-iran-2-billion/; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:
The Obama administration has spent three years engaged in secret talks with Iran that resulted in the payment of nearly $2 billion in taxpayer funds to the Islamic Republic, with more payouts likely to come in the future, according to a recent letter issued by the State Department and obtained exclusively by the Washington Free Beacon.
The administration’s disclosure came in response to an inquiry launched in January by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.), who was seeking further information about the Obama administration’s payment of $1.7 billion in taxpayer funds to Iran, which many viewed as a “ransom payment” for Iran’s release that month of several U.S. hostages.
The administration’s official response to Pompeo was sent earlier this week, just days after a Free Beacon report detailing a months-long State Department effort to stall the lawmaker’s inquiry.
“We apologize for the delay in responding,” Julia Frifield, an assistant secretary for legislative affairs, states in the letter’s opening.
Obama administration officials first began talks to settle a number of outstanding legal claims leveled against the United States by Iran in 2014. The administration predicts that more taxpayer-funded payments are likely to be granted to the Islamic Republic in the future, according to the letter.
Frifield in her letter goes on to defend the $1.7 billion payment to Iran and discloses that the administration is open to providing Tehran with more money if it is willing to settle these decades-old legal disputes with the United States.
“We are confident that this was a good settlement for the American taxpayer,” the State Department said.
Iran’s legal row with the United States surrounds the breakdown of a massive arms deal that was nixed in the aftermath of Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution, which resulted in the capture of the U.S. embassy and American personnel stationed there.
Many of these claims remain unsettled and are still being litigated by the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal at the Hague.
The Obama administration has been working behind the scenes since at least 2014 to reach settlement agreements with Iran to avoid court decisions, according to the letter, which identifies at least two separate discussions held in June 2014 and January 2015.
The administration anticipates that more settlements will come, meaning that the United States will likely be forced to pay Iran via a taxpayer legal fund operated by the Treasury Department.
“The United States is continuing to vigorously litigate these claims at the Tribunal, but is also open to discussing further settlements of claims with Iran, as we have done throughout the life of the Tribunal, with the aim of resolving them in furtherance of U.S. interests,” the letter states.
Iran’s “fact-intensive claims involve over 1,000 separate contracts between Iran and the United States,” according to the letter, which explains that January’s $1.7 billion payment settled just one of many outstanding disputes.
The Obama administration fails to directly address Pompeo’s questions seeking to determine if the legal settlement was finalized as part of an incentive package meant to motivate Tehran to free imprisoned Americans.
“It would not be in the interest of the United States to discuss further details of the settlement of these claims in an unclassified letter due to the ongoing litigation at the Tribunal,” the State Department writes. “However, we would be prepared to provide a closed briefing on such issues if it would be useful to there.”
“When Iran releases American hostages, and then, on that same day, President Obama announces he is paying Iran $1.7 billion, Congress of course has to ask the hard questions,” said one source familiar with the investigation. “And when the Obama administration admits that over $1 billion in taxpayer money is going to the Iranian regime, Congress is obligated to respond. The State Department has ducked and dodged–providing a history lesson on international tribunals, focused on actions decades ago, instead of addressing dangerous misdeeds that were potentially just committed. That is suspicious.”
Under the specific terms of January’s settlement, Iran was to be paid a $400 million balance and an additional $1.3 billion in interest from a taxpayer fund maintained by the Treasury Department, a State Department official confirmed to the Free Beacon at the time.
That settlement—along with additional settlements—was reached outside of the recently implemented nuclear deal and is separate from the $150 billion in unfrozen cash assets the United States is obligated to give to Iran under that agreement, the official said.
The $1.7 billion payment was announced just prior to the release of five U.S. prisoners who had been held in Iran, sparking accusations that the deal is tantamount to a ransom payment.
A Pretty Humiliating Day to Be an American
BY AARON MACLEAN
SEE: http://freebeacon.com/blog/a-pretty-humiliating-day-to-be-an-american/; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:
Don’t say Barack Obama never tells it how it is. When he revealed to Jeffrey Goldberg that, in his opinion, the Washington foreign policy establishment fetishizes “credibility,” that obsession with credibility got us into Vietnam, and that he personally has broken out of credibility’s limiting box—well, you might have thought that deep down this was just an embarrassed, ex post facto rationalization of the Syrian red line debacle. But to watch him stand there today in Cuba, next to a doddering, pompous communist dictator going out of his way repeatedly to insult Obama and the United States, and in response mustering little more than a weak, “You know, I actually welcome President Castro commenting on some of the areas where he feels we’re falling short,” it is painfully clear that our president is a man long past caring about public humiliation.
Before a televised press conference in Havana, Raul Castro harangued Obama about the continuing American “blockade” of Cuba, its “illegal” occupation of Guantanamo Bay, seemed to accuse the president of being friendly to “destabilization” in Venezuela, and implied that his own family’s corrupt ownership of an entire country was justified because, unlike in America, “We find it inconceivable that a government does not defend and ensure the right to health care, any patient, social security, food provision and development, equal pay, and the rights of children.”
Welcome to Cuba, Mr. President!
With the man who ought to command the title of “leader of the free world” standing right next to him, Castro flatly lied to an American reporter who asked him about political prisoners, saying that CNN’s Jim Acosta should give him a list when the press conference was over, because he was unaware of any such detainees. (A partial list is here, if you’d like to see it.) When another reporter followed up on human rights issues, Castro responded with a robust defense—you can’t make this stuff up—of Cuba’s commitment to a woman’s right to equal pay for equal work.
And the president of the United States just stood there and took it. Virtually the only resistance he offered came at the end, when Castro, a man whom we may presume is accustomed to getting what he wants, grabbed Obama’s wrist and tried to hoist it into the air for some sort of victory photo op. Obama responded by letting his wrist go limp as Castro weirdly waved his arm around in the air.
As Obama advanced his foreign policy of giving away the store to third-rate dictatorships in the supremely arrogant belief that his generosity will teach their leaders to be virtuous, almost simultaneously the GOP front runner was in Washington advancing a vision of American leadership that appears to be based on shaking down our allies. Trump told the Washington Post‘s editorial board that “NATO is costing us a fortune,” and that “we are not reimbursed” for the help we give South Korea. Because America is “a poor country now,” we need to pull back from these and other similar relationships—though, implicitly, our friends could always pay up if they wanted to keep our protection. In an appearance later in the day, he also appeared to support cutting off aid for Israel, before walking that position back a few minutes later, because he’s pretty much making most of this up as he goes along.
In short, this was a pretty humiliating day to be an American.