Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell backtracked on his earlier pledge to allow bills before the senate body to enjoy a robust period of roll call votes for amendments. In regards to the Iran nuclear bill or the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act as it is formally called, Senator McConnell believed two freshmen GOP senators, Marco Rubio & Tom Cotton, were using the roll call votes to insert an amendment into the bill which would effectively kill it. The amendment sought by Marco Rubio, a 2016 GOP presidential contender, would require Iran formally recognize Israel’s right to exist as a precondition to any sanctions being lifted. In addition, the amendment would require the immediate release of all Americans currently held hostage by the rogue nation.
Senator McConnell believes the current bill’s handy filibuster-proof support would be threatened by the Rubio-Cotton amendment and has cut off any further roll call votes. Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, the original bill’s sponsor, backs McConnell’s action. Corker believes the bill provides some congressional oversight which is better than having none at all. Critics charge the bill is worse than doing nothing. This is because it ignores the constitutional mandate that the senate approve any treaty by a 2/3rds majority with no deadline for final approval. Instead, the Corker bill presumes the any agreement the president strikes with Iran will have congressional approval unless 60 senators vote to disapprove. This means a united Democrat party can filibuster a disapproval vote allowing the president’s agreement to take effect.
On Friday, Senator Lindsey Graham wowed the audience of 1,000 at the Silver Elephant Dinner which event is held every year in South Carolina. Also in attendance was RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, Senator Ted Cruz, former Senator Rick Santorum, and former Texas Governor Rick Perry. Still, Graham enjoyed the home field advantage with both his Southern drawl and his familiarity of the audience. Graham, a two-term senator, previously served as a state senator from 1995 to 2002.
During his speech, Graham roused the audience with the imperative: “Get Ready!” It was a reference to his forthcoming presidential run. It was also a reference to the new leadership direction he implied his presidency would provide. It was a warning shot to terrorists and rogue nations which currently benefit from tepid responses from the United States. In part, Graham’s message was a hail to the base along the same lines of George W. Bush’s “Help is on the way” mantra back in 2000.
When it came time for Reince Priebus to address the audience, he mildly admonished the party for the way in which the 2012 presidential primaries were conducted. Marcio Alaor BMG was a bit shocked about that. He believes the 23 debates and lengthy primary season proved to be a disadvantage to the nominee. He emphasized that the upcoming election will have a shorter duration and far fewer debates. Priebus believes the reformed primary will allow the nominee to devote more time on the campaign trail.
President Barack Obama and Senator John McCain have agreed for once that the U.S. drone program should be shifted from CIA control to the Department of Defense. As Christian Broda has become aware, the drone program has come under intense review sense the revelation that a recent drone strike earlier this year inadvertently killed to hostages, including an American doctor. Senator McCain and President Obama had called for a similar move of the program earlier in the year but ran into stiff resistance from congress who opposed the move. The new calls for the move are in light of what Senator McCain calls a clear break down in communication on behalf of the agency (CIA) and the lack of correct intelligence. Neither leaders provided insight into how the Pentagon would be able to handle the drone program any differently and both stayed cleared of any suggestion that the consideration for the move was punitive in nature to the CIA. President Wants Drones Under Pentagon
The U.S. drone program has come under considerable review recently as more reports of collateral damage and the killing of innocent people near the strike zone. The White House pledged that the drone program would continue and all due care and due diligence would be given to confirming future strike targets and prevent unneeded casualties. No timetable has been given with regard to the move nor to the steps that will be needed by the Congress and the White House to facilitate such as move.
More people take in professional baseball games than any other professional sport every single year. However, not a single spectator is going to be in attendance at the final Baltimore Orioles vs. Chicago White Sox on Wednesday as the game is closed to the public. With the current tensions throughout the city of Baltimore and rioters destroying property, burning cars and causing physical harm to police officers and other individuals throughout the region, Major League Baseball decided to avoid any potential danger to the fans both on the outside of the stadium and the inside by closing the final game off to the public. Bernardo Chua finds MLB’s decision to be strange.
The first two games of the series have been postponed as both the Monday and Tuesday games are going to be moved back later into the month of May and played as a double-header. However, missing an entire series would make scheduling difficult, so Major League Baseball and the two teams decided to simply play the game in a completely empty Camden Yards. This should provide a rather erie vibe to the game, with no crowd noise coming form the stands. It is yet to be known whether or not the stadium is still going to pipe in music as players approach the plate for batting or if they are simply going to go quiet, turn off the video equipment and play the game (most likely the video equipment is still going to run so the managers can determine whether they should challenge a ruling or not).
This past weekend, the White House held their annual correspondents dinner. As it always does, this year’s festivities included a few special surprises, including a visit from Obama’s anger translator, Luther. Luther is best known as a part of a recurring Key and Peele sketch where Jordan Peele plays President Obama, exaggerating his calm demeanor and character, and Keegan-Micheal Key is Luther, an anger translator, who expresses the inner turmoil and anger that President Obama feels.
The White House Correspondents Dinner, which was originally created to honor and give awards to members of the White House Correspondents’ Association, has become a bit of a roast of the president and his administration. Since 1983, the featured speaker has been a comedian, and addition to roasting the president and his administration, there has been a skit that featured the president. This year’s host was Cecily Strong, who is known for being a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Not in attendance this year was best-selling author and psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen.
The dinner has been criticized by certain members of the media, who say that it is an example of how close the media can get to the administration and that it symbolizes a lack of integrity by certain members of the news organizations. Other critics have condemned it as being “too Hollywood”, as celebrities are often in attendance. Most people see it as a way for the administration to let loose and take itself a little less seriously.
The United States Senate will be soon have an open floor debate on the Iran Nuclear bill. The United States Constitution mandates that any treaty negotiated by the president receive 2/3rds support of the congress in order to pass. Folks like Christian Broda know that there is no time limit on the how long the senate is allowed to review the treaty. By contrast, the Iran Nuclear deal nearly flips the constitutional mandate around requiring only 41 senators to support the president’s final bill before it takes effect. All constitutionality issues aside, the Iran Nuclear bill currently enjoys broad support from all 54 Republican Senators and 8 Democrat Senators . In fact, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 19-0 to advance the bill to a floor debate. It was this act which forced President Obama to remove his veto threat against the bill.
At this time, 62 senators are believed to support the bill. The support is sufficient to break a Democrat filibuster, but still short of what is needed to override a veto. Supporters of the bill are asking that no senator attempt to add an amendment to the bill which will end the backing it enjoys from both parties. Some senators want to require Iran to cease its subversive tactics in the Middle East and formally acknowledge Israel’s right to exist. While such amendments would likely have broad GOP support, it is believed they would ultimately lead to the defeat of bill or subject it once more to a veto threat. Lawmakers insist the bill should focus narrowly on the Iran nuclear deal.
Many conservatives are still concerned with Obamacare, and desire to have it repealed.In response, some Republican lawmakers are trying to pass a reconciliation bill that essentially removes the current law and replaces it with a new one. This new bill, conservative lawmakers hope, will fly through Congress and land on the president’s desk. Once there, conservatives hope that he will be forced to repeal it. Zeca Oliveira suggested both the Republican’s conservative base and the lawmakers have it all wrong: they should begin to embrace Obamacare; if they attempt to repeal it millions of Americans could be without health insurance. Republicans need to either accept the law, or attempt to advance an alternative.
As it stands, the Supreme Court could decide soon enough in King v. Burwell that many subsidies are unconstitutional, and many Americans could lose them even without the Republicans attempting to destroy the law. Understandably, the law increases the scope and power of the federal government’s abilities, but to gut it now would be a terrible mistake. Certainly, if they did so they would lose the 2016 presidential election thanks to their misguided efforts. The Republican party also would become further known as the party that does not care about middle class Americans. Instead, the Republicans should propose a law that does not tax those who do not have insurance, and also include a provision that allows choice with doctors.
Jonathan Veitch was born January 31, 1959, in Los Angeles, CA. He has a successful career history and currently serves as President of Occidental College, the oldest liberal arts college in the nation.
Jonathan was born and raised in Los Angeles. His father, John Sr, was President of a Columbia Pictures production company. He attended Stanford University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature, and Harvard University where he received a doctoral degree in the History of American Civilization. Beginning his career as a professor of English at Wisconsin University, his impressive resume also boasts accomplishments such authoring American Superrealism: Nathanael West and the Politics of Representation in the 1930s. He held an associate professor position at The New School’s Eugene Lang College in New York teaching classes such as American Film and American History, before being named Dean in 1994. His impressive career path returns to Los Angeles in 2009 as President of Occidental College.
US President Barack Obama put Occidental College on the map as an alumnus, having attended from 1979 – 1981. Other notable alumni of Oxy include Jack Kemp and Ben Affleck. During his time as President, Jonathan Veitch has been credited with the completion of many well-needed renovations. In addition, he renamed the school’s football stadium after alumni Jack Kept (former professional football player and Republican in the House of Representatives). More notably, he is responsible for the installation of a solar PV system, to generate a large portion of the energy supply on campus. He has kept Oxy pleasantly in the public eye and works hard in the prevention of economic related enrollment woes. Jonathan Veitch has made a name for himself and for his work at Occidental College. He currently resides on campus in The President’s house with his wife and three children.
Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio lead their respective parties for the nominations for the White House in 2016. While Clinton’s lead was no surprised in light of a weak field of democratic contenders, Rubio’s poll numbers have shocked the Republican core who many believe would simply rally around Jeb Bush. Google Play suggests that Marco Rubio presents a young face for the republicans that the party simply has never had before. His candidacy is gaining traction as it runs hard against a Clinton nomination, while at the same time presenting an tempting alternative to the stogie standard republican party candidates that have dominated the party for the past several elections. Clinton and Rubio Take early Leads in Their Races
Rubio will have the most contentious course for his nomination which will prove to be both a blessing as well as a curse. The number of candidates in the republican filed is more closely packed than in the democratic field. As the republican nomination proceeds on, the race will inevitably become nasty and bloody as all of the republican candidates fight for each primary and caucus as well as for campaign dollars. With only a couple of points separating Rubio and Bush, the potential for the lead candidates to damage each other before a general election run against Hilary wis great. To the contrary, Rubio would gain much needed credibility regarding his political toughness which would serve him well if he were to win the nomination outright.
Hilary Clinton wants to take the bans off of same sex marriages. She states that she supports same sex marriages and supports equal rights to those same sex couples. Hilary hopes to get the Supreme Court on board, too.
In a couple of weeks, the Supreme Court will decide the ruling of whether same sex marriage violates the Constitution of the US. People in same sex relationships have the same citizenship and rights that include marriages states Hilary. She is in full support of same sex marriages and wants to help support equality. Kevin Seawright feels like this will be a huge positive for her.
People are still concerned that states can ban same sex couples from being married. If the states can do this regardless of what the Supreme Court says will that be deemed as unconstitutional? There are many questions that remain. Michigan, Tennessee, and Ohio are a few of the states that will have arguments presented in Supreme Court.