Chuck Schumer’s First Fail

The new minority leader is likely to go 0 for 8 in opposing Trump nominees.

Perhaps the warning sign was that actual sign—the poster board that stood beside Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi Jan. 4. “Make America Sick Again,” it blared. Democrats had intended to mock Donald Trump. Instead, some neglectful aide had made the incriminating text about Republicans on the sign too small for the cameras.

Twitter had a field day, circulating a photo of the nation’s top two Democrats trumpeting their wish of ill health on the nation.It was an inauspicious start for Mr. Schumer, and things haven’t improved. Looking to step grandly into Harry Reid’s hobnailed boots, the new Senate minority leader publicly set for himself as a first task the takedown of eight of Mr. Trump’s nominees. These “troublesome” picks, suggested Mr. Schumer, would have a hard road to office.

Two embarrassing weeks later, as Mr. Trump stands to take the oath, he instead looks set to become the first president in decades to pull off a perfect nomination performance.

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Tom Cotton: The Iran deal is dead

Barack “turned the other way” about Iran’s aggressiveness. Trump won’t, says Sen. Cotton.

Sen. Tom Cotton said he expects President-elect Trump step up enforcement of the Iran nuclear deal but stop short of pulling the U.S. out of the agreement. But that won’t save the deal. The Arkansas Republican, a vocal opponent of President Obama’s deal with Iran to limit the rogue regime’s nuclear weapons program, said Tehran is likely to react to stricter policing by the incoming Trump administration by crying foul and refusing to comply going forward.

I believe the Iran deal is dead, Cotton said, during an interview with the Washington Examiner’s Examining Politics podcast. Congressional Republicans are broadly opposed to the Iran deal. The outgoing administration, in negotiation with other world powers, signed an executive agreement, meaning it is not a treaty, giving Trump the power to end U.S. participation in the accord. However, the U.S. re-imposing sanctions on Iran for, in Washington’s view, continuing to develop a nuclear weapons program, would not affect the other nations involved, and they would be free to continue with the deal and granting Tehran sanctions relief.

Source: Tom Cotton: The Iran deal is dead | Washington Examiner