Congress Votes to Ban Further ‘Ransom Payments’ to Iran

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy / AP

An overwhelming number of lawmakers voted Thursday evening in favor of legislation that would legally bar the Obama administration from making further cash payments to Iran amid a congressional investigation into how the White House secretly sent nearly $2 billion in U.S. taxpayer dollars to Tehran in what many have described as a ransom payment.

Conservatism Trumps Populism

Paul Ryan, John McCain, Rob Portman, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump

Senator Rob Portman of Ohio is not exactly Mr. Personality. He’s not a culture warrior or a populist firebrand. He’s a soft-spoken wonky Baby Boomer interested in budgets, finance, and taxes. He won’t be seen with Donald Trump but welcomed former boss George W. Bush to a private fundraiser last month. Also, he enjoys a significant lead over challenger Ted Strickland.

Senator: U.S. Taxpayer Funds Potentially Diverted to Hamas Terrorists

Hamas militants of the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades in Gaza City / AP

A leading Republican senator is calling on the Obama investigation to launch a formal investigation into the diversion of U.S. taxpayer funds to organizations that have reportedly been infiltrated by the Hamas terror organization, according to new documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.