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https://plus.google.com/114865618166480775623 Russ Abbott : As usual Republican don't take positions based on the merits of the case. They take positions based ...
As usual Republican don't take positions based on the merits of the case. They take positions based on whether the position supports what Obama is doing. Anything Obama does is by definition wrong for most Republican who want support from the party. On the other hand, if you're a Republican but you are no longer running for office, you can afford to think for yourself.

For example, former Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), who served as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, used to be seen as one of the most influential voices in GOP politics on matters of international affairs. With that in mind, it matters that Lugar doesn’t want to see the Iran deal derailed, putting him sharply at odds with his former colleagues in Congress.
 
Brent Scowcroft, a veteran National Security Advisor to several Republican presidents, who also served as the chairman of George W. Bush’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, has also expressed support for the deal.
 
And then there’s former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson. As the Washington Post reported, he sounds a little annoyed by the inanity of his own party’s talking points, which he recognizes as wrong.
Iran deal quietly picks up some GOP backers
When it comes to the Iran debate, it's a mistake to assume that everyone in the GOP is marching in lockstep.
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https://plus.google.com/102192260912859625944 RoughAcres RL McKee : If Richard Lugar (whose passion was nuclear nonproliferation) is for this, Schumer should listen. I ...
If Richard Lugar (whose passion was nuclear nonproliferation) is for this, Schumer should listen. I guess AIPAC's $ speak louder for him, tho.
Why we disagree with Chuck Schumer on the Iran deal
Rejection of the agreement would severely undermine the U.S. role as a leader and reliable partner around the globe.
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An excellent op-ed by U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin and former Sen. Richard Lugar in +The Hill calls on the SEC to finalize the key extractive transparency provisions of the Dodd-Frank legislation—five years after it was enacted.
At fifth anniversary, time to finish a key Dodd-Frank rule
Stopping the illicit flow of natural resource revenue is a national security and economic priority for the United States. 
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Kerry returns to a Senate more skeptical of nuclear deals than the one he left.washingtonpost.com
The last time a major nuclear arms deal came before the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee, John Kerry was on the other side of the
dais. It was 2010, and then Sens. Kerry (D-Mass.) and Richard
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Kerry returns to a Senate more skeptical of nuclear deals than the one he left.washingtonpost.com

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https://plus.google.com/108828272745742345860 Mikal Smith : BORN ON THIS DAY: Julia May Carson (July 8, 1938 - December 15, 2007), born Julia May Porter, was a ...
BORN ON THIS DAY: Julia May Carson (July 8, 1938 - December 15, 2007), born Julia May Porter, was a member of the United States House of Representatives for Indiana's 7th congressional district from 1997 until her death in 2007 (numbered as the 10th District from 1997 to 2003). Carson was the first woman and first African American to represent the 7th District. She was also the second African American woman elected to Congress from Indiana, after Katie Hall.

Carson was born in Louisville, Kentucky. The daughter of Velma V. Porter, she moved to Indianapolis while still a girl and worked in various positions to support her family. She graduated from Crispus Attucks High School in 1955 in Indianapolis. She then attended Martin University in Indianapolis and Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis. She was a member of Zeta Phi Beta sorority.

In 1965, while working as a secretary at UAW Local 550, she was hired away by newly elected congressman Andrew Jacobs to do casework in his Indianapolis office. When his own electoral prospects looked dim in 1972, he encouraged Carson to run for the Indiana House of Representatives, which she did; she was elected in 1972, serving as a member for four years. In 1976, she successfully ran for the Indiana Senate, where she served for 14 years.

In 1990 she was elected as a trustee for Center Township (downtown Indianapolis), and was responsible for running welfare in central Indianapolis. Carson served six years as a trustee, creating a $6 million surplus from the office's $20 million debt. Jacobs has said Carson "not only took cheats off the welfare rolls, she sued them to get the money". When Jacobs retired in 1996, Carson ran as his replacement in what was then the 10th District, and won Democratic endorsement despite being heavily outspent by party chairman Ann DeLaney, 49 percent to 31 percent.

In the general election she faced Republican Virginia Murphy Blankenbaker, a state senator and stockbroker who, like Carson, was a grandmother with liberal views on abortion and the death penalty. Each raised a similar sum of money, but Carson won 53 percent that November.

Carson had a reputation for being somewhat unpredictable, including votes for anti-terrorism bills and normal trade relations with China. Carson opposed the Iraq war resolution in 2002.

Carson's legislative record included leading Congress to pass a House measure awarding Rosa Parks the Congressional Gold Medal; cosponsoring, with Sen. Richard Lugar, the removal of bureaucratic bottlenecks on child health insurance; and the commemoration of the life and accomplishments of author Kurt Vonnegut (H.RES.324).

Some of her other Congressional accomplishments included critical funding to revitalize the Fall Creek Neighborhood in Indianapolis which today includes some of the finest examples of reclaimed urban landscape in the U.S. She also provided outstanding support for the new terminal for the Indianapolis International Airport, which opened November 12, 2008.

She focused key attention on health care for U.S. veterans, and frequently visited ailing vets at the Roudebush Medical Center in Indianapolis.

She was the first recipient of the Frank O'Bannon Award from Indiana Stonewall Democrats. She was a co-sponsor of the Equal Employment Non-Discrimination Act and a member of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Equality Caucus in the U.S. House led by U.S. Representative Barney Frank, D-Massachusetts.

Carson was reelected with little difficulty in 1998 and 2000. Her 2000 campaign attracted a personal appearance by President Bill Clinton that drew thousands to the Indiana State Fairgrounds. In 2006, she traveled from Washington, D.C. to Indianapolis aboard Air Force One with President George W. Bush to appear at Indiana Black Expo.

Her poor health and physical struggles led to tighter-than-expected races afterward. In the 2002 election, her district was renumbered as the 7th District after Indiana lost a Congressional district after the 2000 census, and was made slightly more Republican than its predecessor. Carson faced public affairs specialist Brose McVey. In a heated campaign that led to Carson leaving the stage in protest in their final pre-election debate, she won re-election 53 percent to 44 percent. She was re-elected by just over 11 points in 2004 defeating Republican Andrew Horning and Libertarian Barry Campbell.

Carson defeated Eric Dickerson in the 2006 elections 54 percent to 46 percent, a narrow 8-point margin in a year when most incumbent Democrats skated to victory. In the same election, Democratic challengers toppled Republican incumbents in three Indiana districts much more conservative than Carson's.

Carson was a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. She was one of the 31 who voted in the House not to count the electoral votes from Ohio in the 2004 presidential election.
 
On September 29, 2007, the Indianapolis Star reported that Carson had been an in-patient at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for the preceding eight days. She was being treated for an infection in her leg near the area where a vein was removed in 1996 during double bypass heart surgery. Before her hospitalization was revealed, Carson missed 42 of 77 votes during the month. Year-to-date, Carson had participated in 87 percent of the House votes.

On November 25, 2007, the Star reported that Carson had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. During her treatment for the leg infection, the cancer was discovered by Carson's doctors. Carson had battled it before, but it had gone into remission. In a statement, Carson said she was ready to return to Washington before "the second shoe fell—heavily."

According to her friend, former U.S. Representative Andy Jacobs, Carson died at about 9:15 AM on December 15, 2007. 
On December 21, 2007 Julia Carson's casket was taken to the Indiana Statehouse in downtown Indianapolis by horse-drawn military caisson. Carson became the ninth Hoosier to lie in repose at the Statehouse Rotunda. An early-morning service was held in the statehouse where Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and Carson's grandson, City-County Councilman André Carson, gave remarks. Thousands of Hoosiers paid last respects to Carson by visiting the casket and attending an evening ceremony held in the Statehouse, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson (D), former U.S. Representative Andrew Jacobs, Jr., D-Ind., U.S. Representative Brad Ellsworth, D-Ind., U.S. Representative Baron Hill, D-Ind., U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Tex., U.S. Representative Diane Watson, D-Calif., and former Gary, Indiana mayor Richard Hatcher. Rudy Clay, mayor of Gary at the time, presented a key to the city to the Carson family.

The funeral for Julia Carson, held on December 22, 2007 at Eastern Star Baptist Church in Indianapolis, brought thousands of citizens together to pay last respects. Those who spoke at the funeral included Governor Daniels (R), U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, R-Ind., U.S. Senator Evan Bayh, D-Ind., former U.S. Senator Birch Bayh, D-Ind., U.S. Representative Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., U.S. Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones, D-Ohio, Indiana House Speaker B. Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend, Indianapolis Mayor Peterson, radio host and Hoosier native Tavis Smiley, and the Rev. Louis Farrakhan. The funeral services aired on live television in central Indiana. Carson was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis. The graveside ceremony included a three-volley salute.

A special election was held on March 11, 2008 to determine Carson's replacement, and her grandson André Carson won the election, defeating his Republican opponent, State Representative Jon Elrod and Libertarian opponent Sean Shepard.

Andre Carson also won the May 2008 Democratic Primary for Congress against six opponents. Andre Carson won the endorsement of U.S. Senator Barack Obama, D-Ill., for the primary victory.

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https://plus.google.com/112797424248113718622 African American History Is AMERICAN History : BORN ON THIS DAY: Julia May Carson (July 8, 1938 - December 15, 2007), born Julia May Porter, was a ...
BORN ON THIS DAY: Julia May Carson (July 8, 1938 - December 15, 2007), born Julia May Porter, was a member of the United States House of Representatives for Indiana's 7th congressional district from 1997 until her death in 2007 (numbered as the 10th District from 1997 to 2003). Carson was the first woman and first African American to represent the 7th District. She was also the second African American woman elected to Congress from Indiana, after Katie Hall.

Carson was born in Louisville, Kentucky. The daughter of Velma V. Porter, she moved to Indianapolis while still a girl and worked in various positions to support her family. She graduated from Crispus Attucks High School in 1955 in Indianapolis. She then attended Martin University in Indianapolis and Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis. She was a member of Zeta Phi Beta sorority.

In 1965, while working as a secretary at UAW Local 550, she was hired away by newly elected congressman Andrew Jacobs to do casework in his Indianapolis office. When his own electoral prospects looked dim in 1972, he encouraged Carson to run for the Indiana House of Representatives, which she did; she was elected in 1972, serving as a member for four years. In 1976, she successfully ran for the Indiana Senate, where she served for 14 years.

In 1990 she was elected as a trustee for Center Township (downtown Indianapolis), and was responsible for running welfare in central Indianapolis. Carson served six years as a trustee, creating a $6 million surplus from the office's $20 million debt. Jacobs has said Carson "not only took cheats off the welfare rolls, she sued them to get the money". When Jacobs retired in 1996, Carson ran as his replacement in what was then the 10th District, and won Democratic endorsement despite being heavily outspent by party chairman Ann DeLaney, 49 percent to 31 percent.

In the general election she faced Republican Virginia Murphy Blankenbaker, a state senator and stockbroker who, like Carson, was a grandmother with liberal views on abortion and the death penalty. Each raised a similar sum of money, but Carson won 53 percent that November.

Carson had a reputation for being somewhat unpredictable, including votes for anti-terrorism bills and normal trade relations with China. Carson opposed the Iraq war resolution in 2002.

Carson's legislative record included leading Congress to pass a House measure awarding Rosa Parks the Congressional Gold Medal; cosponsoring, with Sen. Richard Lugar, the removal of bureaucratic bottlenecks on child health insurance; and the commemoration of the life and accomplishments of author Kurt Vonnegut (H.RES.324).

Some of her other Congressional accomplishments included critical funding to revitalize the Fall Creek Neighborhood in Indianapolis which today includes some of the finest examples of reclaimed urban landscape in the U.S. She also provided outstanding support for the new terminal for the Indianapolis International Airport, which opened November 12, 2008.

She focused key attention on health care for U.S. veterans, and frequently visited ailing vets at the Roudebush Medical Center in Indianapolis.

She was the first recipient of the Frank O'Bannon Award from Indiana Stonewall Democrats. She was a co-sponsor of the Equal Employment Non-Discrimination Act and a member of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Equality Caucus in the U.S. House led by U.S. Representative Barney Frank, D-Massachusetts.

Carson was reelected with little difficulty in 1998 and 2000. Her 2000 campaign attracted a personal appearance by President Bill Clinton that drew thousands to the Indiana State Fairgrounds. In 2006, she traveled from Washington, D.C. to Indianapolis aboard Air Force One with President George W. Bush to appear at Indiana Black Expo.

Her poor health and physical struggles led to tighter-than-expected races afterward. In the 2002 election, her district was renumbered as the 7th District after Indiana lost a Congressional district after the 2000 census, and was made slightly more Republican than its predecessor. Carson faced public affairs specialist Brose McVey. In a heated campaign that led to Carson leaving the stage in protest in their final pre-election debate, she won re-election 53 percent to 44 percent. She was re-elected by just over 11 points in 2004 defeating Republican Andrew Horning and Libertarian Barry Campbell.

Carson defeated Eric Dickerson in the 2006 elections 54 percent to 46 percent, a narrow 8-point margin in a year when most incumbent Democrats skated to victory. In the same election, Democratic challengers toppled Republican incumbents in three Indiana districts much more conservative than Carson's.

Carson was a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. She was one of the 31 who voted in the House not to count the electoral votes from Ohio in the 2004 presidential election.
 
On September 29, 2007, the Indianapolis Star reported that Carson had been an in-patient at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for the preceding eight days. She was being treated for an infection in her leg near the area where a vein was removed in 1996 during double bypass heart surgery. Before her hospitalization was revealed, Carson missed 42 of 77 votes during the month. Year-to-date, Carson had participated in 87 percent of the House votes.

On November 25, 2007, the Star reported that Carson had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. During her treatment for the leg infection, the cancer was discovered by Carson's doctors. Carson had battled it before, but it had gone into remission. In a statement, Carson said she was ready to return to Washington before "the second shoe fell—heavily."

According to her friend, former U.S. Representative Andy Jacobs, Carson died at about 9:15 AM on December 15, 2007. 
On December 21, 2007 Julia Carson's casket was taken to the Indiana Statehouse in downtown Indianapolis by horse-drawn military caisson. Carson became the ninth Hoosier to lie in repose at the Statehouse Rotunda. An early-morning service was held in the statehouse where Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and Carson's grandson, City-County Councilman André Carson, gave remarks. Thousands of Hoosiers paid last respects to Carson by visiting the casket and attending an evening ceremony held in the Statehouse, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson (D), former U.S. Representative Andrew Jacobs, Jr., D-Ind., U.S. Representative Brad Ellsworth, D-Ind., U.S. Representative Baron Hill, D-Ind., U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Tex., U.S. Representative Diane Watson, D-Calif., and former Gary, Indiana mayor Richard Hatcher. Rudy Clay, mayor of Gary at the time, presented a key to the city to the Carson family.

The funeral for Julia Carson, held on December 22, 2007 at Eastern Star Baptist Church in Indianapolis, brought thousands of citizens together to pay last respects. Those who spoke at the funeral included Governor Daniels (R), U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, R-Ind., U.S. Senator Evan Bayh, D-Ind., former U.S. Senator Birch Bayh, D-Ind., U.S. Representative Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., U.S. Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones, D-Ohio, Indiana House Speaker B. Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend, Indianapolis Mayor Peterson, radio host and Hoosier native Tavis Smiley, and the Rev. Louis Farrakhan. The funeral services aired on live television in central Indiana. Carson was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis. The graveside ceremony included a three-volley salute.

A special election was held on March 11, 2008 to determine Carson's replacement, and her grandson André Carson won the election, defeating his Republican opponent, State Representative Jon Elrod and Libertarian opponent Sean Shepard.

Andre Carson also won the May 2008 Democratic Primary for Congress against six opponents. Andre Carson won the endorsement of U.S. Senator Barack Obama, D-Ill., for the primary victory.

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https://plus.google.com/110223319439701422647 TK Reed : Under Hillary Clinton, the State Department approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to ...
Under Hillary Clinton, the State Department approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to 20 nations whose governments had given millions to the Clinton Foundation. Yana Paskova/Getty Images


Even by the standards of arms deals between the United States and Saudi Arabia, this one was enormous. A consortium of American defense contractors led by Boeing would deliver $29 billion worth of advanced fighter jets to the United States' oil-rich ally in the Middle East.

Israeli officials were agitated, reportedly complaining to the Obama administration that this substantial enhancement to Saudi air power risked disrupting the region's fragile balance of power. The deal appeared to collide with the State Department’s documented concerns about the repressive policies of the Saudi royal family.

But now, in late 2011, Hillary Clinton’s State Department was formally clearing the sale, asserting that it was in the national interest. At a press conference in Washington to announce the department’s approval, an assistant secretary of state, Andrew Shapiro, declared that the deal had been “a top priority” for Clinton personally. Shapiro, a longtime aide to Clinton since her Senate days, added that the “U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army have excellent relationships in Saudi Arabia.”

These were not the only relationships bridging leaders of the two nations. In the years before Hillary Clinton became secretary of state, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia contributed at least $10 million to the Clinton Foundation, the philanthropic enterprise she has overseen with her husband, former president Bill Clinton. Just two months before the deal was finalized, Boeing -- the defense contractor that manufactures one of the fighter jets the Saudis were especially keen to acquire, the F-15 -- contributed $900,000 to the Clinton Foundation, according to a company press release.

The Saudi deal was one of dozens of arms sales approved by Hillary Clinton’s State Department that placed weapons in the hands of governments that had also donated money to the Clinton family philanthropic empire, an International Business Times investigation has found.

Under Clinton's leadership, the State Department approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to 20 nations whose governments have given money to the Clinton Foundation, according to an IBTimes analysis of State Department and foundation data. That figure -- derived from the three full fiscal years of Clinton’s term as Secretary of State (from October 2010 to September 2012) -- represented nearly double the value of American arms sales made to the those countries and approved by the State Department during the same period of President George W. Bush’s second term.

The Clinton-led State Department also authorized $151 billion of separate Pentagon-brokered deals for 16 of the countries that donated to the Clinton Foundation, resulting in a 143 percent increase in completed sales to those nations over the same time frame during the Bush administration. These extra sales were part of a broad increase in American military exports that accompanied Obama’s arrival in the White House. The 143 percent increase in U.S. arms sales to Clinton Foundation donors compares to an 80 percent increase in such sales to all countries over the same time period.

American defense contractors also donated to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state and in some cases made personal payments to Bill Clinton for speaking engagements. Such firms and their subsidiaries were listed as contractors in $163 billion worth of Pentagon-negotiated deals that were authorized by the Clinton State Department between 2009 and 2012.

The State Department formally approved these arms sales even as many of the deals enhanced the military power of countries ruled by authoritarian regimes whose human rights abuses had been criticized by the department. Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar all donated to the Clinton Foundation and also gained State Department clearance to buy caches of American-made weapons even as the department singled them out for a range of alleged ills, from corruption to restrictions on civil liberties to violent crackdowns against political opponents.

As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton also accused some of these countries of failing to marshal a serious and sustained campaign to confront terrorism. In a December 2009 State Department cable published by Wikileaks, Clinton complained of “an ongoing challenge to persuade Saudi officials to treat terrorist financing emanating from Saudi Arabia as a strategic priority.” She declared that “Qatar's overall level of CT cooperation with the U.S. is considered the worst in the region.” She said the Kuwaiti government was “less inclined to take action against Kuwait-based financiers and facilitators plotting attacks.” She noted that “UAE-based donors have provided financial support to a variety of terrorist groups.” All of these countries donated to the Clinton Foundation and received increased weapons export authorizations from the Clinton-run State Department.

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Clinton Foundation did not respond to questions from the IBTimes.

In all, governments and corporations involved in the arms deals approved by Clinton’s State Department have delivered between $54 million and $141 million to the Clinton Foundation as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments to the Clinton family, according to foundation and State Department records. The Clinton Foundation publishes only a rough range of individual contributors’ donations, making a more precise accounting impossible.

Winning Friends, Influencing Clintons

Under federal law, foreign governments seeking State Department clearance to buy American-made arms are barred from making campaign contributions -- a prohibition aimed at preventing foreign interests from using cash to influence national security policy. But nothing prevents them from contributing to a philanthropic foundation controlled by policymakers.

Just before Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State, the Clinton Foundation signed an agreement generally obligating it to disclose to the State Department increases in contributions from its existing foreign government donors and any new foreign government donors. Those increases were to be reviewed by an official at the State Department and “as appropriate” the White House counsel’s office. According to available disclosures, officials at the State Department and White House raised no issues about potential conflicts related to arms sales.

During Hillary Clinton’s 2009 Senate confirmation hearings, Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., urged the Clinton Foundation to “forswear” accepting contributions from governments abroad. “Foreign governments and entities may perceive the Clinton Foundation as a means to gain favor with the secretary of state,” he said. The Clintons did not take Lugar’s advice. In light of the weapons deals flowing to Clinton Foundation donors, advocates for limits on the influence of money on government action now argue that Lugar was prescient in his concerns.

“The word was out to these groups that one of the best ways to gain access and influence with the Clintons was to give to this foundation,” said Meredith McGehee, policy director at the Campaign Legal Center, an advocacy group that seeks to tighten campaign finance disclosure rules. “This shows why having public officials, or even spouses of public officials, connected with these nonprofits is problematic.”

Hillary Clinton’s willingness to allow those with business before the State Department to finance her foundation heightens concerns about how she would manage such relationships as president, said Lawrence Lessig, the director of Harvard University’s Safra Center for Ethics.

“These continuing revelations raise a fundamental question of judgment,” Lessig told IBTimes. “Can it really be that the Clintons didn't recognize the questions these transactions would raise? And if they did, what does that say about their sense of the appropriate relationship between private gain and public good?”

National security experts assert that the overlap between the list of Clinton Foundation donors and those with business before the the State Department presents a troubling conflict of interest.

While governments and defense contractors may not have made donations to the Clinton Foundation exclusively to influence arms deals, they were clearly “looking to build up deposits in the 'favor bank' and to be well thought of,” said Gregory Suchan, a 34-year State Department veteran who helped lead the agency’s oversight of arms transfers under the Bush administration.

As Hillary Clinton presses a campaign for the presidency, she has confronted sustained scrutiny into her family’s personal and philanthropic dealings, along with questions about whether their private business interests have colored her exercise of public authority. As IBTimes previously reported, Clinton switched from opposing an American free trade agreement with Colombia to supporting it after a Canadian energy and mining magnate with interests in that South American country contributed to the Clinton Foundation. IBTimes’ review of the Clintons’ annual financial disclosures also revealed that 13 companies lobbying the State Department paid Bill Clinton $2.5 million in speaking fees while Hillary Clinton headed the agency.

Questions about the nexus of arms sales and Clinton Foundation donors stem from the State Department’s role in reviewing the export of American-made weapons. The agency is charged with both licensing direct commercial sales by U.S. defense contractors to foreign governments and also approving Pentagon-brokered sales to those governments. Those powers are enshrined in a federal law that specifically designates the secretary of state as “responsible for the continuous supervision and general direction of sales” of arms, military hardware and services to foreign countries. In that role, Hillary Clinton was empowered to approve or reject deals for a broad range of reasons, from national security considerations to human rights concerns.

The State Department does not disclose which individual companies are involved in direct commercial sales, but its disclosure documents reveal that countries that donated to the Clinton Foundation saw a combined $75 billion increase in authorized commercial military sales under the three full fiscal years Clinton served, as compared to the first three full fiscal years of Bush’s second term.

The Clinton Foundation has not released an exact timetable of its donations, making it impossible to know whether money from foreign governments and defense contractors came into the organization before or after Hillary Clinton approved weapons deals that involved their interests. But news reports document that at least seven foreign governments that received State Department clearance for American arms did donate to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton was serving as secretary: Algeria, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Thailand, Norway and Australia.

Sales Flowed Despite Human Rights Concerns

Under a presidential policy directive signed by President Bill Clinton in 1995, the State Department is supposed to specifically take human rights records into account when deciding whether to approve licenses enabling foreign governments to purchase military equipment and services from American companies. Despite this, Hillary Clinton’s State Department increased approvals of such sales to nations that her agency sharply criticized for systematic human rights abuses.

In its 2010 Human Rights Report, Clinton’s State Department inveighed against Algeria’s government for imposing “restrictions on freedom of assembly and association” tolerating “arbitrary killing,” “widespread corruption,” and a “lack of judicial independence.” The report said the Algerian government “used security grounds to constrain freedom of expression and movement.”

That year, the Algerian government donated $500,000 to the Clinton Foundation and its lobbyists met with the State Department officials who oversee enforcement of human rights policies. Clinton’s State Department the next year approved a one-year 70 percent increase in military export authorizations to the country. The increase included authorizations of almost 50,000 items classified as “toxicological agents, including chemical agents, biological agents and associated equipment” after the State Department did not authorize the export of any of such items to Algeria in the prior year.

During Clinton’s tenure, the State Department authorized at least $2.4 billion of direct military hardware and services sales to Algeria -- nearly triple such authorizations over the last full fiscal years during the Bush administration. The Clinton Foundation did not disclose Algeria’s donation until this year -- a violation of the ethics agreement it entered into with the Obama administration.

The monarchy in Qatar had similarly been chastised by the State Department for a raft of human rights abuses. But that country donated to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton was running the State Department. During the three full budgetary years of her tenure, Qatar saw a 14-fold increase in State Department authorizations for direct commercial sales of military equipment and services, as compared to the same time period in Bush’s second term. The department also approved the Pentagon’s separate $750 million sale of multi-mission helicopters to Qatar. That deal would additionally employ as contractors three companies that have all supported the Clinton Foundation over the years: United Technologies, Lockheed Martin and General Electric.

Clinton foundation donor countries that the State Department criticized for human rights violations and that received weapons export authorizations did not respond to IBTimes’ questions.

That group of arms manufacturers -- along with Clinton Foundation donors Boeing, Honeywell, Hawker Beechcraft and their affiliates -- were together listed as contractors in 114 such deals while Clinton was secretary of state. NBC put Chelsea Clinton on its payroll as a network correspondent in November 2011, when it was still 49 percent owned by General Electric. A spokesperson for General Electric did not respond to questions from IBTimes.
Clinton Foundation Donors Got Weapons Deals From Hillary Clinton's State Department
Under Hillary Clinton, the State Department approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to 20 nations whose governments had given millions to the Clinton Foundation.
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Former Sen. Richard Lugar explains what's in new bipartisanship rankings by The Lugar Center and Georgetown University – a remarkable set of data for a political junkie. 
New rankings grade members of Congress on bipartisanship
There’s a new effort to encourage members of Congress to embrace bipartisanship. Former Sen. Richard Lugar explains what's in new bipartisanship rankings by The Lugar Center and Georgetown University – a remarkable set of data for a political junkie.
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https://plus.google.com/115077462317301461666 Jim M : Lugar: Hillary Knew Foreign Gifts Were Wrong And Obama Is Ignoring It ‪#‎NotReadyForHillary‬ ‪#hillary2016...
Lugar: Hillary Knew Foreign Gifts Were Wrong And Obama Is Ignoring It ‪#‎NotReadyForHillary‬ ‪#hillary2016 #liberalhypocrisy
Former Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) says he personally warned Hillary Clinton in 2008 about gifts to her family foundation. Lugar is the former Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, and helped develop the original December 2008 deal for disclosures of gifts from foreign entities to the Clinton Foundation ahead of her confirmation as secretary of state.
He says "The situation is one that's simply made for misunderstanding internationally. 
"There will be persons in these governments who believe they will curry favor with the United States and gain special concessions through gifts to the foundation. This really has to be taken off the table."
He noted that the Clinton Foundation received $500,000 from a government accused of human rights abuses and was lobbying the State Department for relief. 
Lugar advocates a law prohibiting both the president and the secretary of state from taking any foreign gifts.
Lugar also regrets the State Department is refusing to review the propriety of Clinton’s violation of her Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). 
On February 28th, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said "It is the responsibility of the Department of State to determine how compliance was enforced when it comes to the memorandum of understanding." 
Now they are not doing anything. The State Department is refusing to review these issues even though the Clinton Foundation has admitted they did not live up to their end of the MOU. They even tried to hide foreign gifts but running them through a Canadian Foundation.
The MOU was violated repeatedly. The Obama Administration is refusing to even investigate whether the violations may have caused the bribery problems the MOU was designed to prevent.
Why did they bother to have an MOU if the violations were not going to be investigated?
National Journal says "She violated White House ethics rules on government email and foreign donations. She deleted emails, disabled her rogue email server, and allowed the brazen comingling of government business and the family business.
Integrity. Transparency. Accountability. 
"These are attributes that people expect to see from leaders. So far, they're not seeing such qualities in Candidate Clinton."
PHOTO: Hillary Clinton visits Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) in December 2008 to discuss her nomination to be Secretary of State. It was in this meeting that Lugar emphasized the importance of an agreement on gifts to the Clinton Foundation.
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https://plus.google.com/111583429076053512116 Liz Mason : Lugar: Hillary Knew Foreign Gifts Were Wrong And Obama Is Ignoring It ‪#‎NotReadyForHillary‬ ‪#hillary2016...
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Former Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) says he personally warned Hillary Clinton in 2008 about gifts to her family foundation. Lugar is the former Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, and helped develop the original December 2008 deal for disclosures of gifts from foreign entities to the Clinton Foundation ahead of her confirmation as secretary of state.
He says "The situation is one that's simply made for misunderstanding internationally. 
"There will be persons in these governments who believe they will curry favor with the United States and gain special concessions through gifts to the foundation. This really has to be taken off the table."
He noted that the Clinton Foundation received $500,000 from a government accused of human rights abuses and was lobbying the State Department for relief. 
Lugar advocates a law prohibiting both the president and the secretary of state from taking any foreign gifts.
Lugar also regrets the State Department is refusing to review the propriety of Clinton’s violation of her Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). 
On February 28th, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said "It is the responsibility of the Department of State to determine how compliance was enforced when it comes to the memorandum of understanding." 
Now they are not doing anything. The State Department is refusing to review these issues even though the Clinton Foundation has admitted they did not live up to their end of the MOU. They even tried to hide foreign gifts but running them through a Canadian Foundation.
The MOU was violated repeatedly. The Obama Administration is refusing to even investigate whether the violations may have caused the bribery problems the MOU was designed to prevent.
Why did they bother to have an MOU if the violations were not going to be investigated?
National Journal says "She violated White House ethics rules on government email and foreign donations. She deleted emails, disabled her rogue email server, and allowed the brazen comingling of government business and the family business.
Integrity. Transparency. Accountability. 
"These are attributes that people expect to see from leaders. So far, they're not seeing such qualities in Candidate Clinton."
PHOTO: Hillary Clinton visits Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) in December 2008 to discuss her nomination to be Secretary of State. It was in this meeting that Lugar emphasized the importance of an agreement on gifts to the Clinton Foundation.
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Lugar: Hillary Knew Foreign Gifts Were Wrong And Obama Is Ignoring It ‪#‎NotReadyForHillary‬ ‪#hillary2016 #liberalhypocrisy
Former Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) says he personally warned Hillary Clinton in 2008 about gifts to her family foundation. Lugar is the former Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, and helped develop the original December 2008 deal for disclosures of gifts from foreign entities to the Clinton Foundation ahead of her confirmation as secretary of state.
He says "The situation is one that's simply made for misunderstanding internationally. 
"There will be persons in these governments who believe they will curry favor with the United States and gain special concessions through gifts to the foundation. This really has to be taken off the table."
He noted that the Clinton Foundation received $500,000 from a government accused of human rights abuses and was lobbying the State Department for relief. 
Lugar advocates a law prohibiting both the president and the secretary of state from taking any foreign gifts.
Lugar also regrets the State Department is refusing to review the propriety of Clinton’s violation of her Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). 
On February 28th, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said "It is the responsibility of the Department of State to determine how compliance was enforced when it comes to the memorandum of understanding." 
Now they are not doing anything. The State Department is refusing to review these issues even though the Clinton Foundation has admitted they did not live up to their end of the MOU. They even tried to hide foreign gifts but running them through a Canadian Foundation.
The MOU was violated repeatedly. The Obama Administration is refusing to even investigate whether the violations may have caused the bribery problems the MOU was designed to prevent.
Why did they bother to have an MOU if the violations were not going to be investigated?
National Journal says "She violated White House ethics rules on government email and foreign donations. She deleted emails, disabled her rogue email server, and allowed the brazen comingling of government business and the family business.
Integrity. Transparency. Accountability. 
"These are attributes that people expect to see from leaders. So far, they're not seeing such qualities in Candidate Clinton."
PHOTO: Hillary Clinton visits Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) in December 2008 to discuss her nomination to be Secretary of State. It was in this meeting that Lugar emphasized the importance of an agreement on gifts to the Clinton Foundation.
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https://plus.google.com/116663453752565057906 Denison University : Former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates sat down with students to answer questions...
Former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates sat down with students to answer questions, give advice, and talk about his career during his short stay as the Lugar Lecture Series speaker. Named after former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar '54, this biennial event brings speakers to campus who exemplify the spirit of public service.
Fire away!
Former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates sat down with students to tell it like it is.
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Imagine her in the White House G-D forbid. She'll listen to no one'
Military economic  etc.  Her Ego is big the White House is not big enough to hold it.  www.worldstogetherworldsapart.com 
Richard Lugar: Hillary Clinton Was Warned on Foundation Gifts
The former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says the Clintons have been careless in the way they had handled donations to their family foundation.
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Hillary Clinton was warned against allowing the Clinton Foundation to accept foreign donations while she served as secretary of state, former Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar said. Lugar, who was the senior Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations committe...
Ex-Sen. Says Hillary Was Warned Against Allowing Clinton Foundation to Accept Foreign Money - Breaking Christian News and Opinion on CNMnewz.com
Hillary Clinton was warned against allowing the Clinton Foundation to accept foreign donations while she served as secretary of state, former Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar said. Lugar, who was the senior Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations committe...
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https://plus.google.com/103087425533147519173 Patty Garza :

Richard Lugar: Hillary Clinton Was Warned on Foundation Gifts
The former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says the Clintons have been careless in the way they had handled donations to their family foundation.
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Richard Lugar: Hillary Clinton Was Warned on Foundation Gifts
The former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says the Clintons have been careless in the way they had handled donations to their family foundation.
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https://plus.google.com/101520808496941488119 Sheriff Ali : A Group Of 30 U.S. Specialists Including Robert Einhorn And Former US Ambassador Thomas Pickering [Republican...
A Group Of 30 U.S. Specialists Including Robert Einhorn And Former US Ambassador Thomas Pickering [Republican] Endorsed The Iran Framework


[Politico] In one statement, a group of 30 U.S. specialists on nuclear security endorsed the framework as a “vitally important step forward” that will “strengthen U.S. security and that of our partners in the region.”


“We urge policymakers in key capitals to support the deal and the steps necessary to ensure timely implementation and rigorous compliance with the agreement,” wrote the signatories, who included Robert Einhorn, a former State Department official and past negotiator on the Iran talks and former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Thomas R. Pickering.


Pickering and Einhorn also were among 50 former diplomats, defense officials and political leaders who signed a separate statement which, in more cautious language, urged Congress to stay patient and “to take no action that would impede further progress or undermine the American negotiators’ efforts.” The statement was released by The Iran Project, an independent organization that tries to improve U.S.-Iran ties.


Rushed action by Congress could derail negotiations, “creating the perception that the U.S. is responsible for the collapse of the agreement; unraveling international cooperation on sanctions; and triggering the unfreezing of Iran’s nuclear program and the rapid ramping up of Iranian nuclear capacity,” declares the statement, which listed former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former GOP Sen. Richard Lugar, a foreign policy mentor to Obama when he was a senator, among its signers. “Such a situation could enhance the possibility of war.”


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