10 Tweets Reacting to Ex-Im Bank’s Expiration

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The Export-Import Bank’s charter expired at midnight Tuesday — at least temporarily.

Even though the 81-year-old agency has expired, supportive lawmakers may include an amendment concerning the bank to a must-pass bill like the Highway Trust Fund in an attempt to revive it.

While supporters say the bank helps American small businesses compete globally, opponents of the bank have called it a form of “corporate welfare” and an agent of “cronyism.”

As the expiration date for the bank neared, supporters and opponents were particularly vocal about the issue, stating their views on social media outlets like Twitter.

Here are some of the top tweets concerning the Ex-Im Bank:

The #ExIm Bank's charter expires 2day – @RepBillFlores is right: this "culturally corrupt org" has gotta go http://t.co/fbBE64fdaI @POLITICO

— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) June 30, 2015

Ex-Im Bank could play key role in helping clean energy economies in developing countries, driving renewable energy growth in U.S.

— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) June 30, 2015

Today, we'll finally shut down a corporate welfare program that steals from regular people to fund politically connected interests. #EndExIm

— Justin Amash (@justinamash) June 30, 2015

Congress should pass my bipartisan bill with @SenatorHeitkamp that reauthorizes and reforms #ExIm in order to keep jobs here in America.

— Mark Kirk (@SenatorKirk) June 30, 2015

#ExIm expires tonight, which is good for the American people, because #cronyism and corruption go hand in hand https://t.co/UNoecOkR0x

— Congressman Ken Buck (@RepKenBuck) June 30, 2015

We have the votes in both US Senate & House to reauth. #ExIm & I'm determined to find a path forward 2 reauthorize Bank as soon as possible

— Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (@SenatorHeitkamp) June 30, 2015

Export-Import Bank Closes: Kill Subsidies To Cut Federal Liabilities, Promote Economic Fairness http://t.co/ZJfy5BrcTW

— Timothy P Carney (@TPCarney) June 30, 2015

The Export-Import Bank charter expires tonight. Delta Airlines wins the battle of the business lobbies. Virtually all other businesses lose.

— Jonathan Weisman (@jonathanweisman) June 30, 2015

how weird do liberals feel today? conservatives are taking credit for killing corporate welfare. #EndExIm

— dan holler (@danholler) June 30, 2015

.@HouseGOP ignored biz owners & Members of their own party when they decided to #EndExIm at midnight. We need to reauthorize #ExIm4Jobs.

— Steny Hoyer (@WhipHoyer) June 30, 2015

We Must Stop the Media From Silencing Your Voice on Marriage - The Daily Signal

We Must Stop the Media From Silencing Your Voice on Marriage

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If there’s one thing the Supreme Court accomplished last Friday (besides unleashing cultural chaos on America), it was ending the liberal media’s charade. Whatever scrap of journalistic impartiality existed flew out the courtroom window Friday when the press decided five justices not only invented a right to same-sex marriage but to censorship, too.

The press is no longer a guardian against censorship but a portender of it.

Less than a week after the court trampled the Constitution, one of the biggest stories of the ruling is the industry tasked with relaying it—the mainstream press. After years of trying to drive out debate, the liberal media are using the cloak of the court to do it. Desperate to take away the voice of Christians at the public table, the left is already on the march to undermine the very freedom that gives breath to the speech it now enjoys.

Despite being one of two nations in the entire world who forced this on their people by the courts, much of the media have declared victory over a dispute that’s barely existed two decades. Americans who believe in thousands of years of human history must now surrender to a four-day-old “right”—or shut up altogether.

“What they believed yesterday is no longer acceptable today,” wrote Howard Kurtz, a Fox News analyst. “If you are an American who is opposed to gay marriage … you barely see yourself reflected in the coverage. The message is that you are clueless, out of touch, a lost cause. And in some quarters, it’s worse: that you are a bigot, a homophobe…”

In the hundred hours since the opinion was released, we’ve already seen the gloves come off.

At a newspaper in Pennsylvania, editors warned that they would “no longer accept, nor … print, op-eds and letters to the editor in opposition to same-sex marriage.’ … This is not hard: We would not print racist, sexist or anti-Semitic letters. To that, we add homophobic ones. Pretty simple.”

These are the conversations taking place in newsrooms all across the country. This is just one that happened to go public.

Not surprisingly, people were outraged and flooded the newspaper with scathing emails and phone calls. Within hours, the editors issued an apology. It was, John Micek, said, a “genuine attempt at fostering civil discussion.” (Not very genuine, it seems, since ending the discussion doesn’t exactly foster one.) Still, Micek said, “These pages … belong to the people of Central Pennsylvania. I’m a conduit, I recognize, for them to share their views and to have the arguments that make us better as a people. And all views are—and always will be—welcome.”

For how long, no one knows.

Over at the Daily Beast, editors are already calling the justices’ four dissents “treason.” And it doesn’t take much imagination to assume that Americans who believe the same as President Obama did three years ago will be accused of the same.

Conservatives have been dealing with these attacks for some time. But after Friday, the campaign to blacklist those who still believe in natural marriage became surprisingly ferocious.

When Family Research Council senior fellow Ken Blackwell appeared on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” to talk about the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling, left-wing groups mobilized thousands of people to contact the network, demanding it ban him from future shows. It’s a deliberate attempt to silence your voice, which we represent in Washington.

“You better be ready and you better be prepared because it’s coming,” Rev. Franklin Graham warned. “There will be persecution of Christians for our stand.”

In the media, there already is. The press is no longer a guardian against censorship but a portender of it. And this much is clear: they’ll shove anyone out of the public square who doesn’t stand their ground.

Of course, the sad irony of their intolerance is that if anyone should be a natural ally for free speech, it’s the press. After all, our right to disagree springs from the same well as their freedom to write about it.

If there’s one thing conservatives have going for them, it’s that the media have inflated the support for same-sex marriage for so long that they’ve actually started to believe it. It will come as a great surprise then, as I’m sure it did to John Micek, when millions of Americans start pushing back on this effort to drive conservatives underground. In its arrogance, the left seems to have overlooked the fact that the court ordered same-sex marriage by the slimmest of majorities—one that happens to reflect the deep divide of its country’s own people.

The marriage debate isn’t over, and Family Research Council will do everything it can to make sure it stays that way.

Today, we’re launching a new movement called Project Tolerance: Preserving Your Voice in the Public Square. The media are already hearing from the left—now it’s time they heard from us. If you want to know what you can do in the wake of Friday’s ruling, here’s something: check out FRC’s site and sign up to join the pushback.

Court Rules to Remove 10 Commandments Statue at Oklahoma State Capitol - The Daily Signal

Court Rules to Remove 10 Commandments Statue at Oklahoma State Capitol

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By a margin of 7-2, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday to remove the state Capitol’s Ten Commandments monument. The state Supreme Court ruled that the monument is “obviously religious in nature and … an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths,” and therefore defies separation of church and state.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt said the monument was constitutional and cited a similar monument in Texas the U.S. Supreme Court deemed constitutional.

“Quite simply, the Oklahoma Supreme Court got it wrong,” Pruitt said in a statement. “The court completely ignored the profound historical impact of the Ten Commandments on the foundation of Western Law.”

As a result, Pruitt said his office will request a rehearing and attempt to repeal the verdict.

The case was originally filed by four plaintiffs from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Oklahoma on the basis that the monument violates the Oklahoma State Constitution, which prohibits public funding to go toward supporting a particular sect of religion.

“I think that at the end of the day it is the right decision simply because it acknowledges limits on the government’s power to effectively decide what religious edicts are right and wrong,” said Brady Henderson, legal director for the ACLU of Oklahoma.

The ruling has received pushback from state officials, including Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.

“Gov. Fallin is disappointed with the court’s opinion that a privately funded monument acknowledging the historical importance of the Ten Commandments is not allowed on Capitol grounds,” said Fallin’s spokesman Alex Weintz. “She will consult with the attorney general to evaluate the state’s legal options moving forward.”

Previous attempts have been made to remove the monument as well. Last March, American Atheists attempted to file a suit to abolish the monument. However, the case was rejected because the court found the plaintiffs did “not have standing to bring the legal action.”

Additionally, other individuals and groups have requested to install their own monuments next to the Capitol. Among these are a Hindu leader from Nevada, an animal rights group and a group who wished to institute a statue of Satan.

The monument was just reinstalled earlier this year in January, after it had been destroyed by 29-year-old Michael Tate Reed, who crashed his vehicle into the monument. Reed was released from a mental wellness facility the day the monument was reinstalled. Reinstallation efforts were derived solely from private funding.

The monument was constructed in 2012 with private funds from Rep. Mike Ritze’s family. Ritze was behind the legislation to approve the monument.

Bobby Jindal: ‘Religious Liberty Created the United States of America’ - The Daily Signal

Bobby Jindal: ‘Religious Liberty Created the United States of America’

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BOONE, Iowa—Wearing cowboy boots and jeans, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told supporters watching him speak at an Iowa cafe that he will “fight for our religious liberties” if elected president.

Jindal, who recently declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president, said he is disappointed in last week’s Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage.

“My religious beliefs are between me and God Almighty,” Jindal said, emphasizing his support for marriage being between one man and one woman.

“The United States of America did not create religious liberty. Religious liberty created the United States of America.”

Hoping to “redefine the American dream,” Jindal wants freedom and opportunity to be available to all Americans.

“Our best days are ahead of us,” Jindal said.

Bobby Jindal met with Iowans at Saints Avenue Cafe in Boone, Iowa, on Tuesday. (Photo: Leah Jessen/ The Daily Signal)

Bobby Jindal met with Iowans at Saints Avenue Cafe in Boone, Iowa, on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (Photo: Leah Jessen/ The Daily Signal)

Jindal, a self-proclaimed “complete optimist” about the future, laid out four things he will do if elected president:

  1. Repeal and replace Obamacare
  2. Secure the borders
  3. Shrink the size of the federal government
  4. Rebuild the nation’s defense

Jindal took time for questions from the crowd. He answered questions about securing the border and national defense, among other things.

While wishing to shrink the size of the government, Jindal said there should be more robust defense spending.

A woman in the crowd shared with Jindal that her son will be leaving for his 10th deployment this coming fall.

Jindal replied that the “stronger we are, the less likely we have to deploy.”

Answering a question on term limits, Jindal said he is in favor of having part-time, term-limited elected leaders.

One audience member asked Jindal what his biggest accomplishment has been.

Jindal stated that his most important moment was when he found religion, but that his biggest accomplishment is being married to his wife for 18 years and having three children.

Stating that this election is about the children and the future of the country, Jindal said, “This election is not about us.”

“This isn’t just a campaign. This is a cause,” Jindal closed.

A Space War With China or Russia Is a Real Threat - The Daily Signal

A Space War With China or Russia Is a Real Threat

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A war in space sounds like a great plot for a summer blockbuster.

Unfortunately, a conflict in space isn’t just a Hollywood movie script anymore, but a threat in the real world.

Both Russia and China have developed, or are developing, the ability to shoot satellites out of space.

In addition to this, a number of other countries are developing ways to harm satellites from the ground using jammers and lasers.

Lieutenant General John Raymond, who is in charge of U.S. military space operations, told Congress earlier this year that the Chinese have tested anti-satellite weapons twice in the past two years and that the Russians have a previously undeclared microsatellite in space, which some believe to be a space weapon.

America’s potential adversaries are developing these capabilities because they’ve realized how incredibly vital space is, as a tool, for the U.S. armed forces and intelligence agencies.

Satellite communications allow our troops to be able to operate anywhere in the world, and can range from simple text messages, to nuclear command and control.

GPS is able to provide precise location and timing for cruise missile launches, as well as enable close air support to troops on the front line. Intelligence and surveillance satellites provide imagery and technical intelligence including missile warnings.

This week, The New York Times editorial page discussed preventing a war in space. Regrettably, their proposal is predictable and not particularly helpful (calling for more diplomacy).

In “Preventing a Space War,” the argument is made for developing some sort of international treaty. This op-ed rightly notes, that China and Russia have proposed a legally binding ban on space weapons.

These proposals come, however, as both are developing weapons that could be used in a space conflict. Despite China and Russia’s space weapon development, some in the State Department seem to be interested in pursuing a space arms control treaty.

Diplomacy always plays a role in preventing conflicts, but with the actions of the Chinese and the Russians, the U.S. must now focus on deterrence and defense—in addition to continued diplomatic pressure.

The United States must be able to protect its vital space systems, which many Americans depend on for everyday life.

Diplomacy alone is unlikely to prevent an attack on U.S. space assets and will only make the United States more vulnerable. If deterrence fails, the U.S. must be able to restore its space capabilities—and preserve a strong military option to stop the threat.

The U.S. must make it clear that an attack on American satellites will be treated the same as an attack on other American equipment such as ships, planes, or bases.

There must be no doubt in the minds of our potential adversaries on our commitment to respond to an attack in space to U.S. property.

The United States can strengthen deterrence in space by taking steps to complicate potential adversarial attacks.

The president and military must have a full awareness of what is happening in space, along with an ability to rapidly reposition our satellites, if needed, to avoid threats.

The U.S. should also consider providing defensive capabilities to its critical satellites.

Diplomacy alone is not a sufficient response to the rising threats in space.

If China or Russia believe that they can win a war in space, treaties will do little to prevent their continued investment in space weapons.

In order to maintain peace in space the United States must project strength through deterrence, while continuing its use of diplomacy.

Students Will No Longer Face Jail Time for Missing School in Texas - The Daily Signal

Students Will No Longer Face Jail Time for Missing School in Texas

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Everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes the number of children charged with Class C misdemeanors for skipping school.

Texas was one of only two states to consider truancy a crime, and in 2013 the Lone Star State prosecuted over 115,000 kids for missing school.

The result: 17-year-old students were locked up with adult criminals guilty of everything from burglary to violent crimes, all the while missing more school.

Some kids found themselves expelled because of these court-mandated absences, a tragic irony for a truancy system meant to scare teens into taking school seriously.

Now, there’s relief. This week, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill into law that will decriminalize skipping school, making truancy a civil offense.

The old law, Texas Education Code § 25.0951, mandated that schools file charges against students with more than 10 unexcused absences over six months.

Even though they are minors, Texas students facing truancy charges had to appear in adult criminal court, and faced hefty fines of up to $500.

Once found guilty of the crime, students were offered a choice: pay the fines in full, or earn a credit of up to $300 for every day spent in jail. While wealthier families simply wrote checks to get out of the heat, those who couldn’t afford the fines found themselves in a modern day version of debtor’s prison.

In fact, 80 percent of kids prosecuted are identified by the Texas Education Agency as economically disadvantaged.

Just who are these so-called “criminals”? Here are a few examples:

Outrage over the former laws poured in from nonprofit groups, state legislators, and even the chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court. On September 1, this new law will take effect.

Truant students will face escalating fines instead of jail time.

Schools will be empowered to impose a “behavior improvement plan” on students as an alternative to court appearances, putting kids into community service and counseling programs instead of prison cells. And schools will no longer be able to refer students to court if their absences are the result of pregnancy, homelessness, or being the primary breadwinner for their family.

Texas’ new law will also expunge the records of past convictions, providing thousands of convicted students a welcome clean slate.

Despite Gov. Abbott making the bill official, it is unclear what will become of the massive amount of money currently owed in truancy fines.

With groups claiming that truancy laws were being used to force students with disabilities out of school, this issue is far from over.

University of Wisconsin Launches Program to Find Missing Soldiers - The Daily Signal

University of Wisconsin Launches Program to Find Missing Soldiers

Diana Stancy / Samantha Reinis / Tony Perkins / Diana Stancy / Leah Jessen / Justin Johnson / Michaela Dodge / Jason Snead / Brandon Johnson / Kate Scanlon /

More than 73,000 Americans who served in World War II “remain unaccounted for,” according to the Department of Defense.

As we approach the 70th anniversary of the conclusion of the war this September, their families still wait for answers about what happened to their loved ones.

Recently, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has decided to help locate the missing Americans by launching the Missing in Action Recovery and Identification Project.

According to a press release from the University of Wisconsin’s Biotechnology Center, the project will utilize “four scholarly disciplines”: history, archaeology, forensics and genetic analysis.

The project’s current focus is on those who served in the European Theater in World War II.

Jed Henry, the producer of the film “Honoring a Commitment: The Story of PFC Gordon,” is a communications specialist at UW. The Daily Signal previously reported that Henry was an instrumental part of an effort to locate the remains of Pfc.

Lawrence Gordon went missing in action in Normandy during World War II. Gordon was misidentified as German and buried in France. His family was able to locate his remains 70 years after his death.

In an interview with The Daily Signal, Henry said the project came about due to the Gordon case. “They did some DNA work for us during the Gordon case,” Henry said.

“They know it’s near and dear to a lot of people’s hearts.”

Henry said that the university has the capability to locate and identify the remains of soldiers listed as missing in action for a fraction of what the Department of Defense spends on the process.

The Department of Defense’s process is expensive, slow and bureaucratic, Henry said, but UW has “all the necessary components in one place.”

“It’s time that we leverage expertise that’s out there and available,” Henry said. Due to budget cuts to the University of Wisconsin system, Henry said, the project is still fundraising.

“This isn’t a one-time thing,” Henry said. “This is something the university has committed to.”

Information about making a tax-deductible donation to the project may be found here.

Without a Script, Chris Christie Plunges Into 2016 Presidential Race - The Daily Signal

Without a Script, Chris Christie Plunges Into 2016 Presidential Race

Diana Stancy / Samantha Reinis / Tony Perkins / Diana Stancy / Leah Jessen / Justin Johnson / Michaela Dodge / Jason Snead / Brandon Johnson / Kate Scanlon / Ken McIntyre /

Forsaking notes and teleprompter to highlight a give-it-to-you-straight style, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie this morning became the 14th Republican candidate in the 2016 race for president.

“I am ready to work with you … to restore the American dream for our children,” @GovChristie says.

Christie, 52, sought to walk the talk of his campaign slogan, “Telling It Like It Is,” in declaring his long-expected entry into the race in the gym of Livingston High School, where he graduated in 1980 after three years as class president.

“America is tired of weakness and handwringing in the Oval Office,” Christie said, microphone in hand and pacing the stage in a tight circle. “I mean what I say and I say what I mean, and that’s what America needs right now.”

Near the end of his 27 minutes of remarks, he said:

I don’t seek the presidency for any other reason than I believe in my heart that I am ready to work with you to restore America to its rightful place in the world and to restore the American dream for our children.

Standing just behind the governor were his wife of almost 30 years, Mary Pat (“a politician just as good as me”), and their four children.

“Everything started here for me,” Christie said. “I had to come home, and Livingston is home for me.”

Christie, wearing a gray suit and purple tie, outlined how his parents moved to Livingston as the first in their families to leave Newark. His father had to walk away from admission to Columbia University after his own father died, and instead went to work in an ice cream plant. His father eventually took night classes at Rutgers for six years to earn an accounting degree—and become the first college graduate of either family.

Christie said his mother, six months pregnant with him at the time, would instill a belief that he, his brother and their sister could do anything if they worked hard enough. The greatness of America, Christie said, is seen in the fact that he could go on to become governor.

“This country has to work together again, not against each other,” Christie said, ticking off accomplishments as governor that he said included refusing to raise taxes while balancing six state budgets and making “hard decisions” to improve education while reforming teacher tenure, pensions and health benefits.

He did not mention New Jersey’s skyrocketing debt, driven by unfunded state employee pensions. The state’s unemployment rate continues to top 6 percent, making it one of the highest in the nation as jobs lost in the recession are slow to come back. Democrats control the state legislature.

The media get it wrong when they describe Americans as “angry,” Christie said, when Americans actually are “filled with anxiety” because they have “bickering leaders” and “both parties have failed our country.”

“That anxiety,” he added, “can be swept away by strong leadership and decisiveness.”

In five broad strokes, Christie pledged his campaign and White House would:

  1. Insist that “we tell each other the truth” about both problems and solutions. His will be a campaign of “big ideas, hard truths, and real opportunities.” Of government spending and debt, he said: “The lying and stealing has already happened, the horse is already out of the barn; we gotta get it back in, and we can only do it by force.”
  2. Get the economy growing by “4 percent or more” a year. Getting there means simplifying the tax system and cutting regulations on businesses so “they invest in America again” and not overseas.
  3. Make the United States the “one indispensable force for good” in a dangerous world by reversing what he called “a weak and feckless foreign policy.” The nation, Christie said, has to “stop worrying about being loved and start caring about being respected.”
  4.  Concentrate on doing what is right, not what is popular. That means fighting special interests and reaching out to Democrats who have “good ideas,” Christie said. “If Washington, Adams, and Jefferson believed compromise was a dirty word, we’d still be under the crown of England,” he said.
  5. Work to be a president “who not only speaks to [Americans] but hears them.” Christie said he tells visiting schoolchildren that the best part of being governor is getting “to wake up every morning knowing I have the opportunity to do something great.” He hopes not only to do that to benefit more people, Christie said, but to “wake up with ears and arms open.”

In recent months, Christie outlined a plan to reform Social Security and other federal entitlements and pledged to scrap Common Core national education standards in his state in favor of “higher, New Jersey-based standards” to be developed by year’s end.  A Roman Catholic, he has underlined that his pro-life stance includes helping those addicted to drugs to get back on their feet.

Christie, who released a video in the run-up to his announcement, was elected governor in 2009 and re-elected in 2013. He previously served seven years as U.S. attorney for New Jersey, a post to which he was appointed by President George W. Bush.

A crowd of protesters estimated at more than 100 gathered outside the high school to slam the governor on issues ranging from teachers’ pensions to unrepaired damage to homes after Hurricane Sandy.

Aides believe the “town hall” format, usually featuring Christie’s often-blunt answers to questions from the audience, has served him well as governor.

Christie, whose campaign website recently went live, was scheduled to head straight to Sandown, N.H., for a town hall-style event in the evening. New Hampshire is the site of the nation’s first primary next February, and events in Ashland, Rochester, and Portsmouth also are on the governor’s schedule going into Independence Day.

C-SPAN’s video of Christie’s remarks may be found here.

Drones Provide Abortion-Inducing Pills to Polish Women - The Daily Signal

Drones Provide Abortion-Inducing Pills to Polish Women

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Last Saturday, abortion-inducing medication flew from Germany to Poland on the world’s first abortion drone in order to help women gain “access to safe abortions” in Poland, where strict abortion restrictions exist.

The campaign was launched by several reproductive rights groups, including Women on Waves, an abortion support group for Polish women, along with several other European women’s rights groups.

According to Rebecca Gomperts, founder of Women on Waves and former Greenpeace activist, this initiative could possibly open up greater technological avenues for women to access abortions in Europe.

“We’re very interested in the new developments around drones,” Gomperts told The Telegraph in an interview. “In a sense it’s a campaign to call attention to the reality for women in Poland. But there’s a future for it as a delivery model. We might do it in Ireland.”

Despite Poland’s abortion laws, the drones are legally acceptable because they will be leaving from Germany, where abortion is legal. Additionally, since the drone is lightweight and not flying under commercial interests or controlled airspace, government approval from Poland or Germany is not required.

Gomperts said that this campaign is important because it facilitates independence for women and reduces dependence upon doctors.

“You don’t need to be dependent on other people. All of the women can do it themselves, if they have the medication and know how to use it,” Gomperts told ThinkProgress in an interview. “I think that is what makes medical abortion so significant, and so revolutionary and so important. You don’t need a doctor to take some pills. That’s the bottom line.”

This is not Gomperts’ first campaign to provide women with greater accessibility to abortions. After serving as a physician on one of Greenpeace’s ships, she launched Women on Waves to “provide contraceptives, information, training, workshops, and safe and legal abortion services outside territorial waters in countries where abortion is illegal.” Women on Waves sails around the world to provide these services to women.

The abortion-inducing medication used by Gomperts—mifepristone and misoprostol—have been approved by the World Health Organization as an “essential medicine” since 2005. Approximately 1.5 million women in Europe have aborted their pregnancies using these medications. In the United States, however, there have been attempts from states to create restrictions concerning the usage of these abortion-inducing pills.

Iran Nuclear Talks Extended After Negotiators Miss Key Deadline - The Daily Signal

Iran Nuclear Talks Extended After Negotiators Miss Key Deadline

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Negotiations between Iran and six world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program have been extended into July as diplomats failed to bridge differences on key components of the talks.

Today had been the self-imposed deadline for the United States and its negotiating partners to complete a final agreement to contain Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, but the parties now have until July 7 to cinch a deal.

For the U.S., if a final agreement is not submitted to Congress by July 9, lawmakers would have 60 days to review the deal—a longer window than the 30-day review period required if a deal was struck before then.

The Obama administration has said they want to avoid a lengthy congressional delay, which government officials fear will open a window for the deal to crumble.

“The U.S. negotiators will have an extremely difficult task in extracting enough concessions from Iran to cobble together an acceptable nuclear agreement by July 7,” said James Phillips, The Heritage Foundation’s senior research fellow for Middle Eastern affairs.

Despite predictions from all sides that negotiations would extend beyond Tuesday’s original deadline, Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, returned to Vienna early today from Tehran.

Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, and Hossein Fereydoun, the brother and adviser to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, accompanied Zarif to Vienna to help negotiate. Their arrival indicated increased pressure in finalizing the talks as time dwindled.

“I am here to get a final deal, and I think we can,” Zarif told reporters early in the day.

He met independently with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry before widening negotiations with the foreign ministers of France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China.

The deal seeks to restrict Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifted sanctions, but fundamental proposals remain in dispute. Iran is demanding sanctions to be immediately lifted upon the deal’s passage, but the West remains adamant in pushing for gradual removal.

Western powers are also pushing for U.N. sanctions to be automatically reinstated if Iran violates the deal, but Russia and China refuse to restrict their veto powers on the U.N. Security Council, making automatic sanctions less likely.

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, further hindered negotiations last week after drawing multiple red lines that he threatened Western negotiators not to cross.

Khamenei repeated that Tehran would reject any deal restricting Iran’s research and development of advanced centrifuges.

He said he also would not allow international inspection of military bases.

Phillips said prospects of a final deal would be killed if Iran adheres to the Ayatollah’s demands.

“To complete a deal, Iran must allow robust inspections, including facilities at military bases; greatly reduce its store of enriched uranium; agree to dismantle its Arak heavy water reactor, which would be a plutonium bomb factory; agree to phased sanctions relief linked to verification of Iranian compliance; and agree to restrictions on numbers and types of centrifuge,” Phillips said.

He continued:

“I think there is a very good chance that the negotiations will miss yet another self-imposed deadline on July 7.”