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Young Joining Congressional Delegation to Middle East

Joining a congressional delegation, U.S. Rep. Todd Young, R-In., announced he will be going to the Middle East as the U.S. deals with increased tensions with Iran and regional instability.

The group of lawmakers are being led by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-VA, and the trip will focus on Iran and its nuclear weapons program, which strained relations between Washington and Tehran.

The delegation is scheduled to visit France, but the group will also swing through Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates in the coming week.

“Iran’s continued efforts to develop nuclear weapons is extremely concerning and poses one of the biggest threats to our national security in coming months and years,” Young said in a news release. “I’m honored and excited to join the Majority Leader on this trip. I look forward to expanding my knowledge of the region, and Iran in particular, and plan to continue working on this issue through the Armed Services Committee when we return. Even as we’ve finished military actions in Iraq, we must continue to ensure that we aren’t ignoring other threats in the Middle East.”

Last week, the Obama administration put new sanctions on Iran as part of the president’s 2012 defense authorization bill due to the country’snuclear development. The president and members of his cabinet have been encouraging international leaders to support the measure.

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Yarmuth: Cantor is a Big Problem

Appearing on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” Thursday, Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., praised President Barack Obama’s work on the debt ceiling talks while criticizing Republican congressional leaders for being irresponsible during the negotiations as the federal government faces default on the August 2 deadline.

Joined by Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ., Yarmuth blasted House GOP Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., for being reckless with his language and encouraging Tea Party members of the Republican conference to reject any proposal to raise the debt limit.

At a White House meeting earlier this week, the Virginian congressman described the president as being agitated and told reporters Mr. Obama stormed out of the meeting. But Democratic lawmakers have been pushing back against that narrative and blame Cantor for disrupting the talks.

“He is acting like the not most mature person in the room,” Yarmuth said. “This is really playing with fire and Eric Cantor through his lack of leadership is creating a big part of this problem.”

From Yarmuth’s office:

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Cantor Describes Tense Debt Negotiations (AUDIO)

The ongoing negotiations to raise the country’s debt ceiling were reportedly tense Wednesday night, and have spiraled to a game of “he said, she said” politics, with Republican leaders accusing President Barack Obama of walking out of the White House meeting.

House Republican Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said Mr. Obama became “agitated” with congressional leaders and warned him personally: “Don’t call my bluff” before storming out. However, Democratic leaders who attended the sit down disputed Cantor’s description while Democratic aides called it “overblown” and accused Cantor of being rude to the president.

Cantor recounted the meeting with reporters.

From Reuters:

Eric Cantor on White House Debt Ceiling Talks by psmaleracom