Future of JCPOA In Hands of GOP Indebted To Billionaire Iran Hawks

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by Eli Clifton President Donald Trump’s decision to decertify the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), appears to have fallen in line with the views espoused by several of his top donors. These funders… Continue Reading  

Trump Ignores Advisers on Iran Deal, Follows Money

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by Eli Clifton and Jim Lobe Although much of the Washington commentariat has depicted Trump’s extraordinarily bellicose speech Friday against Iran and the nuclear deal as the latest example of his determination to undo the legacy of his predecessor, meeting… Continue Reading  

Trump Plans to Decertify Iran Deal

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by Eli Clifton President Donald Trump is expected to “decertify” the Iran nuclear deal, claiming it is not in the national interest of the United States. Decertification would begin a 60-day congressional review period during which the administration may propose… Continue Reading  

Mattis: JCPOA Is in U.S. National Security Interest

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by Eli Clifton President Donald Trump has made numerous hints that he is considering unravelling the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), potentially at the expense of relations with European allies, Russia, China, and… Continue Reading  

Are Billionaire Donors Driving Trump’s Iran Policy?

Home Depot co-founder

2004-08 Giving* $351 million

Legacies of the Marcus Foundation include Atlanta's $290 million aquarium, the Marcus Institute for children with disabilities and learning disorders, Autism Speaks (a national autism organization), and a state-of-the-art bioterrorism unit at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. The foundation does not have an endowment, but receives its funding annually from Marcus, who says he wants to give away his wealth while he's alive.  

*Based on public records and interviews with donors
Data: BusinessWeek, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University

by Eli Clifton President Donald Trump’s latest denunciation of the Iran nuclear deal (also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) at the United Nations was hardly a surprise. Indeed, attacking the agreement was a mainstay of… Continue Reading