President Trump is pledging to use the power of the presidency to reinforce protections for students who want to pray in schools by sending a reminder to public schools that they will risk losing federal funds if they violate the right of religious expression for students; plus, more of today’s top stories and conservative politics.
Trump pledges to protect prayer in school, will send letter to education officials in all 50 states
In commemoration of National Religious Freedom Day, President Donald Trump will host a group of students from Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths in the Oval Office today. Officials said that each of the students has suffered discrimination for practicing their religion at school.
Trump is expected to announce that the Department of Education will be delivering a letter to education secretaries and officials in all 50 states in which they will be reminded that students and teachers cannot be discriminated against for practicing their First Amendment religious rights.
According to White House Director of the Domestic Policy Council Joe Grogan, who spoke to NPR, the existing provisions that were established under the No Child Left Behind law have been eroding over time and, as a result, an increasing hostility towards religion and religious institutions has developed.
“We’re trying across the board to invite religious institutions and people of faith back into the public square and say, ‘Look, your views are just as valid as anybody else’s,'” said Grogan, “‘and, by the way, they’re protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution.'”
Pelosi gloats by handing out souvenir impeachment pens
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats are being slammed for gloating over the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Pelosi, holding a silver platter, handed out commemorative pens with her name on them after signing a resolution to transmit two articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate to begin the trial.
Disgusted by the behavior of Pelosi and the Democrats, Republican National Committee spokeswoman Elizabeth Harrington tweeted:
“You know what you hand out pens for? Accomplishments. Like, say, signing a historic trade deal with China. So it’s fitting that Democrats are handing out pens for their sole accomplishment: impeachment. Democrats have done NOTHING for the American people.”
GOP Senator says Democratic presidential candidates should recuse themselves from the impeachment process
Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), in a post to Twitter on Wednesday, is calling on the four Democratic senators who are currently running for the Party’s presidential nomination in 2020 to recuse themselves from the impeachment process.
Blackburn wrote in a tweet: “.@SenSanders, @SenWarren, @SenAmyKlobuchar, and @SenatorBennet are spending millions of dollars to defeat @realDonaldTrump, and we’re supposed to believe they will be impartial during the trial? They should recuse themselves.”
Iran threatens Europe, says uranium enrichment now higher than before nuclear deal in 2015
Earlier this week, Britain, France, and Germany formally accused Iran of breaking the terms of the 2015 nuclear accord, giving latitude toward re-imposing United Nations sanctions and once again isolating the country.
In response, during a televised speech on Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated that the country’s enrichment of uranium is now higher than it was when Tehran agreed to a nuclear deal with world powers in 2015.
The Iranian president went further issuing a veiled threat toward the European nations.
“Today, the American soldier is not safe, tomorrow it could be the turn of the European soldier,” Rouhani said in a speech while issuing a further warning: “You will suffer if you take a wrong move.”
The Iranian president slammed the EU for its “failure to keep its promises” under the nuclear deal.
“The EU should fulfill its commitments under the nuclear deal,” Rouhani said, while adding that the US should return to the 2015 agreement.
Rouhani went on to say that if the US softens its economic sanctions on Iran, it would likely cease its enrichment of uranium, rolling back to the standards set in the 2015 accord.