Long before a nuclear deal was in reach, the U.S. was quietly lifting some of the financial pressure on Iran, a Daily Beast investigation reveals. How the sanctions were softened.
Suddenly, the recent thaw in US-Iranian relations makes a lot more sense. See, the White House has blacklisted numerous banks and transportation vessels that deal with Iran in an attempt to cripple the country’s economic ability; that’s part of the “sanctions” you hear so much about. In the six weeks prior to the Iranian elections, the administration blacklisted over 100 such entities; since Rouhani was elected last June, however, it’s only blacklisted 10. It’s a subtle way of easing sanctions, but consequential nonetheless. This back story goes a long way to explaining why Rouhani has been so relatively conciliatory with the West, and why the two countries are suddenly on the verge of the nuclear deal that’s eluded them for decades.
18:26 // 4 weeks ago
A true statesman: Ted Cruz spoke today at the Values Voter Summit, a yearly CPAC-esque conservative conference where aspiring GOP presidential candidates often come to flex their muscles. After warning the audience that Obamacare would force abortion pills into the hands of nuns (it won’t), Cruz got heckled by a group of protesters for opposing immigration reform. Like the gentleman he is, Cruz responded by calling the protesters “President Obama’s paid political operatives” and telling them to quiet down so he could talk. This is what they call “acting presidential,” folks. source
16:00 // 1 month ago