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Obama trying to bypass Congress in Iran talks

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 10:50 am

Because the facts of this matter are so astounding, let’s make sure we have this straight. President Barack Obama is attempting to deny Congress a voice on a possible deal being negotiated with Iran that has huge national security implications. At the same time, the media is reporting Obama may submit such a deal to the United Nations Security Council for approval. The implications of this are simply staggering. With

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