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Can the Republicans Override A Presidential Veto on Iran?

Jul14

By John Feehery

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“Barack Obama signs 2013 inauguration proclamation” by Pete Souza – White House. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

(This originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank)

It’s easy for Republicans to oppose this nuclear deal with Iran.

They don’t trust President Barack Obama, they don’t like John Kerry, and they love Benjamin Netanyahu.

The question is: Can they override a presidential veto of a resolution of disapproval? (more…)

My Theory on the Iran Deal

Jul14

By John Feehery

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“Negotiations about Iranian Nuclear Program – Foreign Ministers and other Officials of P5+1 Iran and EU in Lausanne” by United States Department of State – https://www.flickr.com/photos/statephotos/16790680599/. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

I have a theory about this Iran nuclear deal.

It’s not about the bomb. It’s about the sanctions.

The Obama Administration, by relaxing the tough sanctions on the Persian regime, is basically declaring peace with the Iranians.

For the Israelis and the Saudis, who are fighting proxy wars on several different fronts throughout the Mideast against Iran, this is tantamount to a mass betrayal. (more…)

Deadlines

Jul13

By John Feehery

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“United States Capitol west front edit2″ by United_States_Capitol_-_west_front.jpg: Architect of the Capitol derivative work: O.J. – United_States_Capitol_-_west_front.jpg. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

We are a world that needs self-imposed deadlines to make things happen.

A deadline used to be critical for the newspaper business. If you didn’t file your copy by a certain time, you wouldn’t make the paper.

Deadlines were also used in prison yards. If you crossed a certain line that got too close to the fence, you were shot dead.

Diplomats are feverishly working on a couple deadlines in Europe. (more…)

Anxiety and NIH

Jul6

By John Feehery

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“NIH Clinical Research Center aerial” by NIH – http://www.media.nih.gov/imagebank/display.aspx?ID=392. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

ISIS? The Greek Crisis?   A nuclear Iran?   Jennifer and Ben divorcing?

Nope.

What really causes anxiety among the American people is the fear that they are going to get Alzheimer’s.

And with more and more Baby boomers (as well as millennials) slated to live to one hundred, this is not some idle concern.   The Washington Post had an interesting story on Independence Day about the lengths folks go to avoid the dreaded disease. (more…)

Supreme Court Chumps

Jun30

By John Feehery

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“SCOTUSbuilding 1st Street SE” by 350z33 at English Wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

(This originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank)

It took nine decades for Congress and the states to amend the Constitution to allow for the direct election of U.S. senators.

It took only a few years–and a couple of months before the Supreme Court–for control of congressional redistricting to be taken away from politicians and put directly into the hands of the people.

Of course, there was no formal constitutional amendment in the Arizona redistricting case–just enough votes at the Supreme Court to make it happen without a long, arduous public discussion. (more…)

 

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