Republican Senators Undermine President’s Nuclear Deal with Iran

Originally published on March 11, 2015, at

In a blatant effort to undermine President Obama’s negotiations with Iran over their nuclear program, 47 Republican Senators sent an open letter to Iran’s leaders on Monday threatening to sabotage any agreement reached between the two countries. Fearing Iran’s potential nuclear capabilities and enraged by the president’s utter disdain for them, Republican legislators have adopted casino mogul Sheldon Adelson’s and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rhetoric against diplomatic engagement with the Iranian government.

Drafted by Sen. Tim Cotton of Arkansas, the letter attempts to dissuade Iranian leaders from signing a deal with the president by insulting their understanding of America’s constitutional system. They point out that “the president may only serve two 4-year terms, whereas senators may serve an unlimited number of 6-year terms. As applied today, for instance, President Obama will leave office in January 2017, while most of us will remain in office well beyond then – perhaps decades.”

The senators added, “We will consider any agreement regarding your nuclear-weapons program that is not approved by Congress is a mere executive agreement between President Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei. The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time.”

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Corrupt Congressman Resigns in Disgrace

Originally published on January 4, 2015, at

After pleading guilty to a felony tax evasion charge and admitting to lying under oath, U.S. Congressman Michael Grimm announced he would resign on January 5, the day before the new Congress convenes. Known for underpaying his employees and threatening reporters, Grimm was elected to a third term this November even though he had been charged with a 20-count indictment by federal authorities for fraud, federal tax evasion, and perjury. Under pressure from House Speaker John Boehner, Grimm finally decided to resign instead of facing an investigation by the House Committee on Ethics.

A former U.S. Marine and undercover FBI agent, Grimm investigated white-collar crime before leaving the Bureau in 2006. Days after leaving the FBI, Grimm invested roughly $1 million of borrowed money in a luxury real estate development in Texas with former FBI Agent Carlos Luquis. At the time, Luquis was under indictment for state racketeering and fraud charges. Convicted for his role in skimming $2 million from Texans’ electric bills, Luquis served 18 months in prison before assisting Grimm on the campaign trail in 2010.

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