Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday moved to reassure Congress that Israel and America’s Gulf State allies would be fully taken care of in the wake of the Iran nuclear deal, which Kerry acknowledged would not stop Iran’s support for terrorism, according to a letter sent by the secretary of state to lawmakers.
The government of Saudi Arabia, one of the largest donors to the Clinton Foundation, has upheld the sentence of 1,000 lashes and 10 years imprisonment handed down against blogger Raif Badawi, who was convicted in 2012 of “insulting Islam through electronic channels.” Badawi’s crime was encouraging open debate on cultural and religious issues on his blog, the Liberal Saudi Network. The decision to uphold his sentence comes despite widespread international outcry:
Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) called in a press conference on Tuesday morning for the Obama administration to declassify information related to terrorism financing in a redacted section of a report from an inquiry conducted jointly by the Senate and House intelligence committees, becoming the most high-profile politician yet to join the declassification effort.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton authorized more than $150 billion of weapons sales to 16 countries that donated to the Clinton Foundation, according to an International Business Times report.