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PEACE

PRESIDENT TRUMP'S RECENT THREAT TO IRAN

In a tweet, President Trump has threatened Iran with war. He seems to think he has a right to do that without a Congressional declaration of war.

There is a bill in the House now that would make declaring war equal to automatic impeachment, unless there's a Congressional declaration for war. Representatives Jones (from North Carolina) and Gabbard (from Hawaii) have introduced legislation stipulating that when a president initiates any war without a prior congre

ssional declaration, that action will constitute an impeachable offense and cause the House to send to the Senate for trial one or more articles of impeachment.

If you agree with this, please contact your Representative and tell him/her to co-sponsor the bill. We don't think there is a number on the bill yet. We don't want any U.S. president taking it upon himself/herself to declare nuclear war. Please get involved and ask others to do the same. Thank you!

 

THE ELIE WIESEL GENOCIDE AND ATROCITIES PREVENTION ACT

The House of Representatives has passed the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (406-5) with bipartisan support. This is great news because it is a major step forward for the peaceful prevention of deadly conflict.

Now we must see that the Senate passes it also. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee recently passed a similar bill, but the full Senate hasn't voted on it. Please contact your two Senators and call on them to join their colleagues in the House in supporting conflict prevention by supporting this bill (S 1158)..

The House has acknowledged that the U.S. can save lives and money by using peaceful tools to prevent and respond to violence.

Please contact your Senators soon. Thank you!

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--AMERICA'S BIGGEST TARGETS--The U.S. dropped 26,171 bombs in 2016, 3,027 more than in 2015, according to an analysis of Defense Department data from the Council on Foreign Relations. Here are the most targeted countries:

**Syria (12,192 bombs)
**Iraq (12,095)
**Afghanistan (1,337)
**Libya (496)
**Yemen (34)
**Pakistan (3)

--Most Americans (56%) support the nuclear deal with Iran, including 69% of Democrats and 41% of Republicans. 37% oppose the deal. But most people remain skeptical: 64% say they aren't confident that it will prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. (ABC News/Washington Post)

--The Afghanistan War, the longest foreign conflict in U.S. history, has cost American taxpayers nearly $1 trillion and will probably cost several hundred billion dollars more after it officially ends. The U.S. borrowed the money to pay for the conflict and has already racked up $125 billion in owed interest on the debt. (Financial Times)

--83% of Americans favor providing humanitarian aid to people fleeing ISIS. (CNN report)

--World's worst peacemakers--An annual WIN/Gallup International survey asked more than 66,000 people worldwide which country they considered the "greatest threat to peace." The top four: 24% (United States), 8% (Pakistan), 6% (China), 5% (Afghanistan).