Senate Democrats to gun dealers: help us expand background checks

Matt Vespa, Senate Democrats eager to expand background checks are reaching out directly to those vendors since their bills that chip away at Second Amendment rights was rightfully blocked in 2013. Gun dealers with a federal firearms license must conduct background checks for all gun purchases; the law requires it. Yet, Everytown and their allies… [Read More]

Armed Vet Gets Sickening Threat After Standing Guard Over Local Marine Recruiting Center

 Thanks in part to failed policy and laws that prevented members of the U.S. military from exercising their Second Amendment rights while serving at home, five U.S. servicemen were gunned down in Chattanooga by a Muslim likely inspired by radical Islamic teachings. While active-duty military members working full-time at various military facilities in the United… [Read More]

Critics of Iran deal spinning ‘fantasy,’ urges approval: John Kerry

 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday mounted a furious counterattack against critics of the Iran nuclear deal, telling skeptical lawmakers it would be fantasy to think the United States could simply “bomb away” Tehran’s atomic know-how. Testifying publicly before Congress for the first time since world powers reached the landmark accord with Iran… [Read More]

Top Republicans vowed Wednesday to scrap President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran

 As the biggest pro-Israel lobby prepared for an all-out campaign to pressure wary lawmakers into rejecting the agreement. A bigger push against last week’s historic accord in Vienna was being met with a counteroffensive by senior Obama administration officials, who have already spent hours on in-person and telephone briefings with members of Congress. Secretary of… [Read More]

Seattle officials join push for Sharia-compliant mortgages, loans

 A proposal in Seattle meant to increase homeownership among Muslims by offering financing compliant with strict Islamic law — known as Sharia — is gaining ground in the latest test for local leaders trying to accommodate diverse religious beliefs. “We will work to develop new tools for Muslims who are prevented from using conventional mortgage… [Read More]

U.S. Republicans, pro-Israel groups step up campaign against Iran deal

 Top Republicans vowed on Wednesday to do their utmost to scrap President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran as the biggest pro-Israel lobby geared up for an all-out campaign to pressure wary lawmakers into rejecting the agreement. A bigger push against last week’s historic accord in Vienna was being met with a counteroffensive by senior… [Read More]

UN Security Council endorses Iran deal, Tehran diplomat lashes out at US

 The U.N. Security Council on Monday unanimously endorsed the Iran nuclear deal, though the show of support was interrupted shortly afterward by a war of words between the American and Iranian ambassadors.  Iran’s ambassador lashed out at the U.S. mere moments after the vote, in retaliation for U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power bringing up Tehran’s human… [Read More]

‎It’s Like Christmas in the Capitol? Congress has a lengthy to-do list

 WASHINGTON — Congress’ midsummer to-do list may take until Christmas to clear. What’s at the top? Maintaining the flow of highway dollars. Easing automatic budget cuts to the Pentagon and domestic agencies. Renewing tax breaks. Raising the debt limit. A misstep at any of several points could trigger a partial government shutdown. All that unfinished business… [Read More]

Problems keep piling up for Veterans Affairs Department

The Department of Veterans Affairs faces a serious numbers problem — multiple, in fact.  It can’t count how many veterans died while waiting to sign up for health care. It says some VA hospitals may have to close if the agency can’t get $2.5 billion. And a year after scandal rocked the department, congressional Republicans… [Read More]

Report: Vets’ disability claims ended up in shred bins

Military Times – by Leo Shane III  A pair of California lawmakers want to know why paperwork required to finalize veterans’ disability claims ended up in a Los Angeles shredding bin. The latest embarrassing episode for the Veterans Affairs Department comes alongside questions surrounding 240,000 deceased veterans on agency medical waiting lists and worries from… [Read More]

White House reportedly offers to boost military aid to Israel after Iran deal

President Obama has offered to increase U.S. military aid to Israel in the wake of the Iran nuclear agreement, according to a published report.  According to the New York Times, Obama broached the subject in a phone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday. White House officials said that Obama told Netanyahu that… [Read More]

Dems skeptical on Iran deal, White House dispatches Biden to sell it

The White House dispatched Vice President Joe Biden to Capitol Hill Wednesday to sell Democrats on the newly announced Iran nuclear deal, as several influential members voiced reservations about giving it their seal of approval in a vital vote this fall.  Biden was meeting first with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, though the tougher lift… [Read More]