Tom Cotton’s letter to the Iranian regime has spurred furious blowback from liberals. They want the president to cut a deal with Iran, and Cotton’s letter gets in the way; thus, they’ve engaged in a specious fight over inter-branch protocol. Never mind that the president is looking to sign an agreement with an enemy without the advice and consent of the Senate.
The Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne doesn’t like the Iran open letter released by 47 Republican senators last week. And his column today makes clear that he really doesn’t like my support of that open letter.
Elections have grown increasingly contentious in countries across the globe. This makes sense; governments have become immensely powerful in the face of growing challenges, governments control a much greater share of the economy, and the benefits of dispensing government largesse are increasing exponentially. More recently, thanks to the “innovations” of James Carville and his ilk, campaigns have become ever more bitter and negative.
Democrat Jim Webb told ABC News that he has been getting "a lot of support" as he's exploring a presidential run.
Host George Stephanopoulos asked, "What are you up to, exactly?"
"Well, we're actually truly exploring whether it is possible to conduct a viable campaign in this present environment where money is flooding the political process," Webb said, talking of a possible presidential run.
Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas explained the reasoning behind the letter he and 46 other senators sent to Iran about the nuclear deal this morning on CBS. Watch Cotton's interview with Bob Schieffer here:
In a Saturday night letter from President Obama's chief of staff Denis McDonough to Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair Bob Corker, the White House confirmed that in fact the United Nations will play a key role in any nuclear deal that may be reached with Iran.
"The United Nations Security Council will also have a role to play in any deal with Iran," McDonough writes, after urging Congress not to pass a bill related to the nuclear negotiations.
In a preview of Barack Obama's interview with Vice, the president of the United States says he's "embarassed" Republicans sent a letter to Iran:
"I’m embarrassed for them," says Obama in the preview. "For them to address a letter to the Ayatollah — who they claim is our mortal enemy — and their basic argument to them is, 'don’t deal with our president because you can’t trust him to follow through on an agreement.' It's close to unprecedented."
Liberals have a favorite new legal doctrine. The Logan Act is a federal law enacted in 1799 that, in theory, penalizes American citizens who try to influence foreign governments “without authority of the United States.” Even though the law is still on the books, The Scrapbook describes the Logan Act as theoretical because no one’s ever been successfully prosecuted for violating it. The last formal indictment of anyone under the Logan Act occurred in 1803, when a Kentucky farmer committed the grievous crime of writing a spirited newspaper article.