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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Iranian prisioners released "wheels up!" going home

Jason Rezaian
Amir Hekmati
Saeed Abeedini
Matthew Trevithick 
Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari
Released!
Ali Rezaian, brother of Washington Post Tehran Bureau Chief Jason Rezaian (shown in picture frame), talks about his brother's imprisonment in Iran while testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on June 2, 2015. Iranian media outlets are reporting that Rezaian has been released.

Ali Rezaian, brother of Washington Post Tehran Bureau Chief Jason Rezaian (shown in picture frame), talks about his brother's imprisonment in Iran while testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on June 2, 2015. Iranian media outlets are reporting that Rezaian has been released.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Republicans are waking up this Sunday morning in Janaury, without anything new to increase fear in their campaign to upstage the successful administration of President Barack Obama.  
Iran frees Post reporter, 4 other Americans, officials say, reports The Washington Post

After decades of animosity, international negotiations with the once dangerous Iranian nation have now been overcome and American prisioners are in the air, flying to their long prayed for freedom in Switerzerland. This is an historic juncture for Iran, for the US and for the future stabilityof the Middle East. "Wheel's up!" was the clarion call when the American prisioners were finally in flight.

Republicans should acknowledge this accomplishment! Their fear campaign to accumulate attention for their 2016 presidential campaign cannot continue.  
VIENNA (Austria- WP report) — The United States and Iran moved into a new era of international relations Saturday, with the implementation of a landmark agreement on Iran’s nuclear program on a drama-filled day that also saw the release of imprisoned Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and four other Americans.
(CNN- reports) Iran has freed four U.S. prisoners as part of a prisoner swap, including Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, Marine veteran Amir Hekmati and Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, senior U.S. administration officials said Saturday, confirming reports first published in Iranian media.

A fifth man -- described as a recently detained student named Matthew Trevithick -- was separately released, U.S. officials said.

The announcement comes on a day when the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations' nuclear watchdog, announced Iran is in compliance with a July deal to restrict its nuclear program. As a result, at least some international economic sanctions against Iran were lifted.

As part of the deal, Iran agreed to release of Rezaian, Hekmati, Abedini and a fourth detainee identified by U.S. officials as Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari in exchange for clemency for seven Iranians indicted or imprisoned in the United States for sanctions violations, the officials confirmed.  (6 of the 7 are dual citizens.)


It's impossible to understand how Republicans can continue to harp on negativity without offering their ideas for creating a more progressive Americaa. Rather, the grumpy Republicans (Grumpy Obstructionist Party) cotninues to stoke fear, rather than optimism.  Image result for president obama pictures
Congratulations to the successful presidential administrationof President Barack Obama #POTUS44

After seven successful years of President Obama's administration, where leadership has withstood overwhelming obstructioism, it's time for Republicans to stop running against him. Rather, Americans must demand for Republicans to explain how they can provide even better leadership for the future. If they can.

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