Iran Nuclear Deal Misses Deadline, Talks Continue

On the deadlines:  The deadline to agree on the outline of a permanent deal had already been extended twice before Tuesday, and it was not clear what would happen if an agreement was not reached by the end of Wednesday. The deadline for all the details of a comprehensive agreement to...

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Arkansas Passes Religious Freedom Bill Similar to Indiana’s

And Governor Asa Hutchinson plans to sign it into law.  Interesting paragraph from the story:  Doug McMillon, the CEO of Arkansas-based Wal-Mart, issued a statement Tuesday pressing Hutchinson to “veto this legislation,” and adding that the law would “undermine the spirit of inclusion” in the state  (Fox News).  A similar bill passed...

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Archbishop Chaput: White House Least Friendly to Religious Concerns in History

He said “The current White House may be the least friendly to religious concerns in our history. But we’ll see more of the same in the future–pressure in favor of things like gay rights, contraception and abortion services, and against public religious witness.” (CNS News)

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Deal with Iran Not Going Well

As of early this morning (ABC News).  From another story:  Kerry and others at the table said the sides have made some progress, with Iran considering demands for further cuts to its uranium enrichment program but pushing back on how long it must limit technology it could use to make atomic...

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Controversy as Iran Deal Deadline Approaches

The deadline is Tuesday (CBS News).  From another story:  “Iranian negotiators reportedly have made a last-ditch push for more concessions from the U.S. and five other world powers as talks on the fate of Iran’s nuclear program come down to the final days before a crucial deadline” (Fox News).  From Netanyahu:  “The...

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Supreme Court Considers Case of School that Banned US Flag on Cinco de Mayo

From the story:  On Friday, the justices met to decide on hearing a case asking whether a school official’s fear of violence justified disciplining students for wearing American flags on their shirts.  The often overturned 9th circuit sided with the school (LA Times).  See this story from 2010 (Fox News).

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Controversy as Iran Deal Deadline Approaches

The deadline is Tuesday (CBS News).  From another story:  “Iranian negotiators reportedly have made a last-ditch push for more concessions from the U.S. and five other world powers as talks on the fate of Iran’s nuclear program come down to the final days before a crucial deadline” (Fox News).  From Netanyahu:  “The...

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Obama Continues to Turn on Israel, Gives Up Nuclear Secrets

Israel National News called it “a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent” (Israel National News).  According to one story “The Obama administration is giving in to Iranian demands about the scope...

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Bergdahl Charged with Desertion

He faces life in prison (Washington Post).  From the Wall Street Journal:  …the bigger story is the extravagant price the U.S. has paid because President Obama wanted to score political points (WSJ).  Just under a year ago, National Security Advisor Susan Rice insisted Bergdahl “served the United States with honor and...

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Congress Still Hopes to Stop Iran Negotiations

Illinois Senator Mark Kirk explained the details to Hugh Hewitt (Hugh Hewitt).  Another story notes “The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said that Iran has failed to provide the information or access needed to allay the agency’s concerns about the weapons potential of the country’s nuclear program” (Washington Post...

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