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August 29, 2015

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August 28, 2015

White House Slams ‘Pro-War Rally’ Featuring Trump, Cruz (Video)

UNITED STATES - JUNE 23: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, talks with reporters after voting against cloture on the Trade Promotion Authority bill, June 23, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Cruz plans an anti-Iran nuclear deal rally next month. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says the event Republican presidential hopefuls Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and businessman Donald Trump plan to attend outside the Capitol next month is “pro-war.”

Earnest said the gathering in opposition to the international nuclear agreement with Iran will be “a big pro-war rally on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.”

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August 25, 2015

Obama, Reid and ‘the Crazies’

(Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

(Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

We might never know exactly who President Barack Obama had on his mind when he called people “crazies” Monday night.

But he sure had plenty to talk about when traveling in the motorcade with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid from the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas to a high-dollar fundraiser for state Democrats and Reid’s hand-picked successor, former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto.

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August 7, 2015

White House: Up to Senate Democrats Whether to Dump Chuck Schumer

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Schumer defied the White House Thursday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A day after a posse of former White House aides torched Sen. Charles E. Schumer over his rejection of the Iran deal, Press Secretary Josh Earnest politely but firmly knocked the senior senator from New York.

Earnest wouldn’t go so far as ex-aides Dan Pfeiffer, Tommy Vietor and Jon Favreau in questioning Schumer’s ability to lead Democrats, but he left the door open to dumping Schumer, the heir apparent to Minority Leader Harry Reid, from the top of the Democratic ranks. Full story

July 30, 2015

Obama’s Late Night Lobbying on Iran Deal

President Barack Obama has been working late to ensure he gets to votes on the Iran deal.

Not only did the president meet with House Democrats Wednesday, a group of about two dozen returned to the White House that night after House votes and met with Obama for a couple of hours, Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.

That’s not typical for Obama.

“Spending time with individual members of Congress and answering their questions directly, again, I think it’s an indication that the president feels a personal responsibility to engage with members of Congress who are keeping an open mind and evaluating this agreement, and I would expect that the president will continue to have … many other conversations like that over the next several weeks,” Earnest said.

Per Earnest, the arguments he’s been making to Democrats are the same he’s been making publicly: that killing the deal makes war more likely, that Iran will get sanctions relief anyway because the rest of the world will not continue them, and the United States, not Iran, will be the one that will be isolated.

The efforts appear to be paying off.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters she’s heard “widely” from Democrats that they would vote to sustain the president’s veto of an expected disapproval resolution.

Matt Fuller contributed to this report.

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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.
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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)

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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

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