FROM Reza Marashi
President Trump ditches the Iran nuclear deal President Trump today announced the U.S. will pull out of the Iran nuclear deal. He’s re-imposing economic sanctions -- sending years of diplomatic effort down the tubes. We find out what this means in Iran.
US Blocks Iran's UN Ambassador Nominee In 1979, young Iranians seized the US embassy in Tehran and held diplomats hostage until Ronald Reagan was elected President to replace Jimmie Carter. Hamid Aboutalebi was allegedly involved. Now, he's Iran's nominee as Ambassador to the United Nations, but the US has refused to grant him a visa. Aboutalebi says he was only a translator for the hostage takers. In the meantime, he's become a senior diplomat, whose posts have included Ambassador to the EU. Both houses of Congress have voted to bar his entry, and the White House says he won't be granted a visa. Reza Marashi is research director for the National Iranian American Council, formerly with the State Department's Office of Iranian Affairs.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."