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A look at the Texas elections plus CIA Director hearings & Iran nuclear deal

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We will review the upcoming Democrat debate coming up on Friday…….what positions are the candidates talking?…..why no statewide TV coverage……….Iran deal and President Trump……..North Korea……CIA Director confirmation hearings………and other stories………….

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Source: A look at the Texas elections with George Rodriguez 05/09 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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May 9, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Big GOP vote in Ohio & good night all around

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It was a great Tuesday night for the GOP.    
In West Virginia & Indiana, the GOP nominated great candidates that have excellent chances of flipping those two US Senate seats.    
By the way, what happened to all of those polls that had Mr. Blankenship surging?   I guess that they were either wrong or got people to reconsider their support.    Blankenship was not a factor at all.
In Ohio, both parties had very contested primaries and the GOP had a great turnout:   “Republicans (827,393) drew nearly 200,000 more voters than Democrats (641,522)“.
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May 9, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Wednesday’s video: Iran deal not a treaty

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May 9, 2018 at 1:30 pm

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We have a treaty provision in the US Constitution Article 2 Section 2!

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Why was President Trump able to cancel DACA, pull out of the Iran nuclear deal or withdraw from the Paris Climate Deal?    The answer is that they were executive agreements rather than a treaty ratified by the US Senate or a law passed by Congress.    

We have a treaty provision in the US Constitution, Article 2 Section 2.    It allows the president to negotiate an agreement but only the US Senate can turn it into a treaty, or to make it legal.

Why didn’t President Obama take the Iran nuclear deal or the Paris Climate Change Agreement to the US Senate for ratification?   He did not have the votes, even among many Democrats.    

As for DACA, his party had majorities but not the votes to pass it.    

So here we are and another column of the Obama legacy has collapsed.

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May 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm

VP Pence goes after Cuba

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We are happy to see that Vice President Mike Pence went after Cuba’s regime in a recent speech:

This year, citizens across the wider region will vote to choose their leaders and chart their future, from Colombia to Brazil to the United States and other nations.

Yet even as we celebrate this exercise in freedom, the dark cloud of tyranny still hangs heavy over too many of our neighbors in this hemisphere.

In Cuba, the longest-surviving dictatorship in the Western Hemisphere still clings to power.  For nearly 60 years, the Castro family systematically sapped the wealth of a great nation and of the Cuban people.

While the Castro name is now fading, the oppression and police state they imposed is as powerful as ever. 

Today, the United States once again stands with the Cuban people in their stand for freedom. No longer will our dollars fund Cuba’s military, security, and intelligence services – the core of that regime.

And in this administration, we will stand and we will always say, “Que Viva Cuba Libre.”

But Cuba’s leaders have never been content to stifle just their own people’s freedom.

For generations, that communist regime has sought to export its failed ideology across the wider region.

And today, the seeds of Cuban tyranny are bearing fruit in Nicaragua and Venezuela.

In your face, and nice to see it.

Like President Reagan’s famous “evil empire” line, V.P. Pence’s statements will resonate with Cuba’s dissidents.  They will hear that the U.S. cares about their freedom a lot more than the accolades of Latin American leftists who endorsed President Obama’s Cuba opening.

It also makes another point.

More and more, Latin Americans are choosing their leaders in competitive elections.  We may not like the results in every case, such as in Ecuador, but people are voting.  We also see opposition parties and candidates growing, as is evident in Mexico.

Cubans do not have that option.  They had no say on the selection of Miguel Díaz-Canel, the man selected by the Communist Party following Raúl Castro’s orders.

So it’s important to remind Cubans that someone cares about them, especially when that someone speaks for U.S. policy.

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May 9, 2018 at 6:48 am

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