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July 29, 2015

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July 24, 2015

Ted Cruz Hasn’t Corrected CodePink Debate Flub

Cruz hasn't corrected a flub he made during a debate with Code Pink. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Cruz hasn’t corrected a flub he made during a debate with Code Pink. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

A day later, Sen. Ted Cruz still hasn’t acknowledged he flubbed one on Iran during a debate with CodePink.

The Texas Republican and presidential candidate insisted that both Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani have “explicitly said they are developing nuclear weapons,” which is not true.  Full story

July 23, 2015

Ted Cruz Gets One Wrong on Iran Deal

Ted Cruz Iran Deal

Cruz got one wrong Thursday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Ted Cruz flubbed one Thursday in his impromptu debate on the Iran deal.

While many believe Iran wants a nuclear weapon, Cruz declared Iran’s leaders have “explicitly said they are developing nuclear weapons” — something that simply hasn’t happened. “There is no doubt about it,” the Texas Republican added for emphasis. Full story

July 17, 2015

Iran Gets Everything for Free if Congress Overrides Deal, White House Says (Updated)

Iranian President Hassan stands next to a portrait of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as he leaves at the end of a press conference in Tehran on June 13. (Behrouz Merhi/Getty Images)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani  stands next to a portrait of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (Behrouz Merhi/Getty Images File Photo)

Updated 4:16 p.m. | White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest warned Iran would get what it wants even if Congress overrides the Iran nuclear deal.

“Iran will get all of the benefits of this deal without having to give up anything,” Earnest said Friday. Full story

July 15, 2015

Confident Obama Challenges Iran Deal Critics

A confident and combative President Barack Obama said Wednesday critics of his nuclear deal with Iran haven’t offered up a logical alternative.

“None of them have presented to me or to the American people a better alternative,” he said. “If the alternative is that we should bring Iran to heel through force, then those critics should say so.” Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 4:07 p.m.
Iran

July 14, 2015

Players to Watch in the Iran Deal Debate

Congress rushed to react to President Barack Obama’s Iran deal Tuesday — and will have plenty to chew through in the next two months or so before voting on it.

The initial reaction has been predictable — as is the likely final result. Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 5:20 p.m.
Iran

Obama’s Remarks on Iran Nuclear Deal (Transcript)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Obama said he would veto any attempt to undo the deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama announced Tuesday international negotiators led by the United States have reached a deal with Iran to limit that country’s nuclear capabilities in exchange for lifting economic sanctions on the Islamic republic. Full story

Iran Deal Faces Test in Congress (Updated) (Video)

Bob Corker and Benjamin L. Cardin authored the Iran Nuclear Review Act requiring Congressional review before Obama can waive sanctions in an Iran nuclear deal. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bob Corker and Ben Cardin authored the Iran Nuclear Review Act requiring Congressional review before Obama can waive sanctions in an Iran nuclear deal. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 9:55 a.m. | President Barack Obama’s Iran deal will face a moment of truth in Congress within the next three months, but seems very likely to clear that hurdle.

Under the law Congress passed to ensure its review of any Iran deal, opponents of the deal have to be able to override a veto on a disapproval resolution to stop it from going into effect. That’s a tall order, with 290 House votes and 67 in the Senate needed to assure an override. Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 8:14 a.m.
Iran

July 13, 2015

White House on Cuba: Ambassador? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Ambassador

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s statement on Fox News Sunday that it’s unlikely the Senate will confirm any nominee as ambassador to Cuba doesn’t sit well at the White House. Full story

Josh Earnest Pre-Sells Iran Deal

Kirk attacked the deal in a statement Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kirk attacked the potential deal over the weekend. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The ink isn’t dry yet on an Iran deal, but the White House already sounds ready to blast its critics as warmongers.

Full story

July 8, 2015

Obama Tells Democrats Iran Deal Odds Below 50 Percent

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Durbin said Obama put the odds of a deal with Iran at less than 50-50. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

During his meeting Tuesday evening with Senate Democrats, President Barack Obama put the chances of success on the international negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program at less than 50-50.

“He said in the course of the negotiations he’s been more optimistic, less optimistic. He said that the chances at this point are below 50-50, this week,” Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin of Illinois told reporters Wednesday. Full story

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