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Dick Cheney blasts Iran deal ‘madness’

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Former US vice president Dick Cheney on Tuesday blasted the Iran nuclear deal as “madness” and said it marked a “capitulation” by world powers.

Speaking at the American Enterprise Institute conservative think tank in Washington, Cheney said the deal will see the “arming and funding (of) Iran while simultaneously providing them a pathway to a nuclear arsenal.”

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It “is not an act of peace, is not — as the president claims — the only alternative to war. It’s madness,” Cheney added.

Struck in July after after years of negotiations to address Western concerns that Tehran was developing a bomb, the deal goes up for debate this month in the US Congress, where President Barack Obama has secured enough support to stop it being blocked.

Cheney, 74, was vice president at the time of the September 11, 2001 attacks, and was seen as one of the biggest hawks in the George W. Bush administration.

He said the Iran deal gives Tehran the means to launch a nuclear attack on the US homeland, and threatens the security of “our Arab allies across the Middle East” and the security of Europe.

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The “deal has vast implications for the future security of the Jewish people,” he said, noting that it would take a nuclear-armed Iran only “one day” to kill six million Jews — the number that were killed in World War II.

Members of Congress, who return Tuesday from their summer recess, have until September 17 to debate the deal which will ease Western sanctions in return for Tehran curtailing its nuclear program.

Republicans are unified in their opposition, warning the deal leaves a civilian nuclear program intact, and that sanctions will provide Iran with a huge windfall they say could be funnelled toward terrorist operations.

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Obama on Tuesday reached the magic number of 41 senators in support of the Iran deal, enough to block any resolution disapproving of the accord.

Cheney said the agreement represented an “intricately crafted capitulation.”

“Every member of Congress swears to defend the Constitution from enemies outside our shores,” Cheney said.

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“A vote to reject that agreement will do that, approving it will not.”

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‘Disconnected from reality’: NY Times editor ridicules Trump for being a ‘farce’ of a president

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New York Times editorial board member, Michelle Cottle, released a scathing op-ed highlighting the president's tendency to give oxygen to his adversaries that no one else would be paying attention to otherwise.

In a piece relating the White House to a "three-ring" circus, Cottle called the president a "farce" for his new war with Anthony Scaramucci.

As the president tweeted, no one had heard of Scaramucci until Trump hired him and former chief-of-staff John Kelly fired him after only 11 days.

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Former white supremacist Christian Picciolini noted in an interview with MSNBC Sunday that the United States is dealing with a severe domestic terrorism problem, but that the Donald Trump administration is asleep at the wheel.

Since the El Paso shooting, there have been more than 30 thwarted mass shootings and at least two of those were directly related to domestic terrorism. Luckily state and local police were able to step in, and Americans have been more likely to warn law enforcement about possible attacks.

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Trump goes off on Twitter rant about ‘My Stock Market’ at nearly 2 a.m. in France

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President Donald Trump has an early morning meeting Monday with Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi. He also has a full day of meeting with the G-7, but that wasn't his focus in the early morning hours.

"My Stock Market gains must be judged from the day after the Election (sic), November 9, 2016, where the Market went up big after the win, and because of the win. Had my opponent won, CRASH!" Trump tweeted Sunday night in the U.S., which was nearly 2 a.m. in France where the president is staying during the G-7 summit.

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