Archive | March, 2015

James Chase author book election of 1912

30 Mar

election of 1912 Wilson Roosevelt Taft Debs

1912 script

https://middleageamerican.wordpress.com/2014/08/03/1912

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http://youtu.be/yN7_hJJW28M

Broadcast News William Hurt Albert Brooks

26 Mar

TOM
Shut up a second…

AARON
(amiably)
Okay. Pretty petty party, isn’t
it, pal?

TOM
(picking his words)
I made one rule for myself when this
started and I realized I was going
to take a lot from you people because
of being from sports…

AARON
And the rule was…

TOM
Never to pretend to know more than
I did.

AARON
Can you name all the members of the
Cabinet?

TOM
(flustered)
Okay, let’s drop it. I didn’t mean
I’d take a test for you — I mean if
that came up in conversation I’d…

AARON
We’re conversing…Oh my, the names
of the entire Cabinet has slipped my
mind. What are they?

Tom is getting pissed.

AARON
(compromising)
Don’t name them. Just tell me if
you know.

TOM
Yes, Aaron. I know the names of
the Cabinet.

AARON
Okay.

A beat.

AARON (cont’d)
All twelve?

TOM
Yes.

AARON
There are only ten.

original text Senate letter to Iran

14 Mar

An Open Letter to the Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran:

It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system. Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our Constitution—the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices—which you should seriously consider as negotiations progress.

First, under our Constitution, while the president negotiates international agreements, Congress plays the significant role of ratifying them. In the case of a treaty, the Senate must ratify it by a two-thirds vote. A so-called congressional-executive agreement requires a majority vote in both the House and the Senate (which, because of procedural rules, effectively means a three-fifths vote in the Senate). Anything not approved by Congress is a mere executive agreement.

Second, the offices of our Constitution have different characteristics. For example, the president may serve only two 4-year terms, whereas senators may serve an unlimited number of 6-year terms. As applied today, for instance, President Obama will leave office in January 2017, while most of us will remain in office well beyond then—perhaps decades.

What these two constitutional provisions mean is that we will consider any agreement regarding your nuclear-weapons program that is not approved by the Congress as nothing more than an executive agreement between President Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei. The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time.

We hope this letter enriches your knowledge of our constitutional system and promotes mutual understanding and clarity as nuclear negotiations progress.