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Kerry: Congress can vote as long as it doesn’t interfere with what Obama wants

Methinks Secretary of State John Kerry doesn’t understand how the Constitution works…

from Breitbart:

Wednesday on PBS “NewsHour,” Secretary of State John Kerry articulated the administration’s new position on Sen. Bob Corker’s (R-TN) bill demanding Congress get a vote on the merits of President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, in light of prominent Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) supporting the bill this week.

Making it clear the bill can not “interfere” with the president’s deal, Kerry said “if it’s changed and adjusted and reflects the respect for the Constitution and the president’s prerogatives,” then Congress can vote.

Kerry said “The president is absolutely correct in making sure that what Congress does, does not assault presidential authority and the Constitution and doesn’t destroy his ability to be able to negotiate this final deal. That’s critical. And the president has said, if the bill is what it is today, written the same way it is today, then he’d veto it.”

Adding “But if it’s changed and adjusted, reflects the respect for the Constitution and the president’s prerogatives, while at the same time embracing congressional oversight and review, fine.”

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You see, Kerry has this 180 degrees backwards.  Any deal with Iran is null and void until Congress approves it.  That is the way the Constitution is setup.  Treaties must be ratified by Congress, and any “deal” that Obama strikes outside that framework is as worthless as the paper its written on.



US now stands w #LGBT community in the struggle for recognition & equality everywhere
—  Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) in a tweet after Secretary of State John Kerry named the U.S.’ first special envoy for LGBT rights in countries where they are discriminated against.

Former Israeli Ambassador Suddenly Can’t Hear MSNBC When Asked About Kerry Spying

Convenient technical glitch or deliberate evasion? On Monday, when MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell attempted to ask former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren about accusations that Israel had eavesdropped on Secretary of State John Kerry during last year’s peace negotiations, the audio feed connecting the two apparently went bad.

Speaking from Tel Aviv, Oren was defending the Israeli government’s military operation in Gaza when Mitchell asked him one last question.

“And I just have to ask you very briefly, in ten seconds, were you aware any of eavesdropping on John Kerry by Israeli intelligence?” she inquired.

After a brief pause, he replied: “Andrea, I cannot hear you, I’m sorry.” The host tried to get through once more, but Oren again reached for his ear piece, saying, “I’m in Tel Aviv, I cannot hear you, I’m sorry.”

“Okay, we’ll clarify that later, thank you very much,” Mitchell said before moving on to her next story.

According to a report in Der Spiegel, the alleged eavesdropping incident occurred during the 2013 peace talks, when Oren was still Israel’s ambassador to the United States.


Climate change is a monumental test of global leadership. It transcends borders and economic status. Every nation has a responsibility to step up and respond to this threat because every nation is at risk. Thirteen of the 14 warmest years on record have occurred since 2000, and 2014 is on track to be the warmest of all. 

Read more from Secretary Kerry’s op-ed on climate change on DipNote.

Police in China have released five female activists who were detained last month, according to CNN. The women were taken in custody on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.” Their detention prompted an international outcry from politicians and civilians alike.

“We strongly support the efforts of these activists to make progress on these challenging issues, and we believe that Chinese authorities should also support them, not silence them,” says U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry.

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John Kerry’s landmark initiative: Why the State Department’s new LGBT post is a big deal

For the first time ever, the U.S. will have an envoy devoted to LGBT issues. The move comes at a pivotal moment

“Later this month, the U.S. State Department will appoint a gay career diplomat to serve as the country’s first-ever envoy for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, a move that comes at a crucial moment for LGBT rights globally.

The news, first reported by the Boston Globe, comes after Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) unsuccessfully proposed legislation in the last Congress creating such an envoy, although Markey and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-NY) reintroduced the legislation last week. Secretary of State John Kerry’s decision to appoint an LGBT diplomat ensures that the department will have an official exclusively focused on the issue regardless of whether Markey and Lownenthal’s legislation passes the Republican-controlled Congress.

State Department officials are still in the process of vetting candidates for the post, the Globe reports, but it is certain that the appointee will be an openly gay Foreign Service Officer.

The significance of the move should not be discounted. Even as the U.S. marches toward nationwide marriage equality, much of the world continues to persecute LGBT people.”

Read the full piece here

Disability rights are not abstract concepts… They are about sidewalks with curb cuts; public buildings with accessible bathrooms; and buses with lifts.

Secretary Kerry on International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3, 2014

Read more about our Sports Visitor program in Brazil focusing on sport for people with disabilities and the promotion of disability rights on DipNote.