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Michele Bachmann: Obama’s deal with Iran ‘virtually guarantees’ World War III

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Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) denounced the proposed nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran in a radio interview on Wednesday, calling it “literally the worst part” of President Barack Obama’s time in office.

“This puts Iran in a position where they would have the firepower to be able to take out not only Israel, but they would have the firepower to use intercontinental ballistic missiles against the United States with nuclear-tipped warheads,” she told Florida Live host Dan Maduri. “This virtually guarantees, in my opinion, a World War III. I think that alone would qualify Barack Obama for being the worst president that the United States has ever had to endure.”

Reuters reported that the proposal, crafted by not only the U.S. and Iran but China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Russia, garnered support from 31 percent of Republicans in a recent survey. Bachmann, however, said it demonstrated that while Americans are allies to Israel, Obama himself is not.

Obama addressed that conservative criticism in an interview with NPR on Tuesday, saying the proposed deal would cut off Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon “we can’t bank on the nature of the regime changing.”

“We have been steadfast in the defense of Israel when it comes to them defending themselves even when there have been periods of great international controversy,” Obama said. “So what I would say to the Israeli people is you are right to be suspicious of Iran. There is no reason why you should let your guard down with respect to Iran. We have to make sure that Israel has the capabilities to protect itself, not only from Iran but also proxies like Hezbollah, but ultimately Iran is deterrable.”

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But Bachmann accused the president of wanting to “elevate” Iran for no reason.

“It’s the worst thing that could happen. This literally is the worst part of the Obama presidency,” she said. “You can get economics wrong and you can turn it around. We saw Ronald Reagan do that in a remarkable way. Where we do have problems decades into the future are disasters with foreign policy.”

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What drove the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer into Al Franken denialism?

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Rush Limbaugh argues Kamala Harris and Barack Obama can’t be considered African-American

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Rush Limbaugh, the controversial radio host with a long history of racially charged comments, on Monday described Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and former President Barack Obama as not being truly "black."

In a clip captured by Media Matters for America, Limbaugh can be heard using a mocking tone to describe Harris and Obama — as well as Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. — as people who want to be "victims" so they depict Trump as "this big man bully."

"And by the way, can somebody explain to me how Kamala Harris is an African-American?" Limbaugh asks. "Her father is Jamaican and her mother is Indian. How does that equal African-American? Same thing with Barack Obama. Obama's not African-American, he doesn't have any history here [inaudible] any of that stuff. And Rashida Tlaib is Palestinian, for crying out -- that'd be like calling a Jewish person a person of color. How is Rashida Tlaib a person of color? She's not! This is all about making them victims. It's all about making them appear to be 'Just little people trying to save themselves and save their country and this big man bully, this guy Trump comes along and squashes on them and steps on them and it's all because he doesn't like...' It's absurd!"

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