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Senate joins House in extending Iran sanctions; could be way to scuttle deal

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate joined the House of Representatives in extending Iran sanctions for a decade, preserving a tool should President-elect Donald Trump seek to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

The Senate approved the extension Thursday, Dec. 1 by a 99-0 vote. The House overwhelmingly extended the sanctions last month. The sanctions were due to lapse Dec. 31.

The bills keep intact the waivers that Obama has used to relieve sanctions on Iran under last year’s deal between six major powers and Iran, which exchanged the easing of sanctions for a nuclear rollback.

Trump has vowed to revisit the deal, but has not outright said he would pull out of it. Should he decide to pull out, he has a number of means to do so. Extending the sanctions offers him the least obtrusive way, simply by not exercising the presidential waiver written into the bill.

Ethel Rosenberg’s sons urge Obama to posthumously exonerate spy mother

The sons of convicted spy Ethel Rosenberg were turned away from the White House Dec. 1 when they came to deliver a letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to exonerate their mother, The Associated Press reported.

In 1953, Rosenberg, who was Jewish, was sent to the electric chair along with her husband, Julius, after being convicted of conspiring to pass secrets about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. Court records made public last year cast doubt on the conventional narrative of the Cold War espionage case that captivated the country. According to the documents, Ethel Rosenberg’s brother, whose damning trial testimony against her and her husband helped secure the couple’s conviction, never implicated his sister earlier before a grand jury.

Michael and Robert Meeropols are not seeking a presidential pardon, saying that would suggest their mother was guilty.

Poem handwritten by Anne Frank to friend’s sister sells for $150,000

A poem handwritten by Anne Frank was sold for $150,000 at an auction in Holland, by an unnamed online bidder after two minutes of “tense” bidding, the French news agency AFP reported. There were 20 collectors who bid in person and others who bid by telephone and online, according to the report.

The eight-line poem is written in Dutch in black ink on a piece of white paper that has yellowed with age. It is dedicated to “Cri-cri,” the sister of Anne Frank’s primary school friend Jacqueline van Maarsen, and is advice from one girl to another. It is dated March 28, 1942, three months before the family went into hiding from the Nazis in an Amsterdam attic when Anne was 12 years old.

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